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8 Roofing Mistakes That Most Homeowners Make

You noticed that your roof is leaking, or that a few shingles are missing. You are thinking about reparing the damage on your own, instead of contacting roofing companies. Is it a good idea? Probably not.

There are at least 8 good reasons why you shouldn’t repair your roof on your own.

1. You don’t have the experience necessary to do it

Roofing companies hire experienced roofers who know what they are doing, and have been installing and repairing roofs for years. Since you don’t have this kind of experience, you should let the experts take care of your roof for you.

2. A roof is more than just an assemblage of shingles

You might think that installing shingles is not that difficult, but a roof is more than an assemblage of shingles. First, your roof is probably not just a flat surface. Second, there are gutters, flashings, chimneys and vent pipes, and these won’t install or repair themselves on their own.

3. Working on your roof is dangerous

You also should keep in mind that working on a roof is dangerous. Trying to do it on your own with no safety precaution or protective equipment could end up costing you your life. Roofing companies know how to minimize the risks of falling off a roof.

4. You are probably not covered if someone falls from your roof

If you injure yourself while working on your roof, or if a friend helping you gets injured, do you think your current insurance will cover it? Probably not. On the other hand, professional roofers have the proper insurance coverage at all times.

5. It could go against your home insurance policy

Trying to repair or replace your roof on your own could also go against your home insurance policy. If you do it anyway, and something goes wrong, you might end up loosing your insurance coverage, which could cost you a lot more than hiring professionals.

6. It’s not as cost-effective as you might think

Indeed, many people try to repair their roof on their own because they think it will help them save some money, but the truth is that it’s not a really cost-effective idea. To repair a roof, you need some tools and supplies. Roofing companies already have the right tools, and they are able to buy their supplies in bulk for a lower price.

7. You could end up making a costly mistake

If you try to repair your roof, and you manage to do a great job, congratulations. However, if you make even a small mistake, it could cost you a lot of money in the long run. You could waste a lot of shingles, or even make the initial problem a lot worse.

8. You can’t give yourself a guarantee

Finally, if you repair your roof on your own, you will not be able to give yourself a guarantee on workmanship and materials. You will be completely on your own if something goes wrong.

Ronald Ryan

I'm a self-proclaimed science geek and all-around nerd. Useless fun trivia seems to be my forte. If you ever need to hear a good dad joke, I'm your guy!

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