The 10 Dangers of DIY Roof Repairs

March 10, 2015
DIY roof repairs

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DIY roof repair is a common trend especially since a lot of homeowners are trying to cut corners in their expenses. Some even think that professional roofing contractors are unnecessarily expensive.

While it isn’t necessarily a bad idea for you to do  your basic roof repairs, if you don’t possess enough skill or know how about it, then I urge you not to risk it. The consequences can be quite damaging – let alone permanent – if things go wrong when you start doing your roof repairs by yourself.

That said, allow me to share with you the 10 most common dangers of DIY roof repairs.

1. DIYs may cost you manufacturer warranties

DIY roof repairs in Oklahoma are discouraged because they put your manufacturer warranties on the line. Most roofing warranties in the region become void if anyone other than a qualified or certified roofing professional works on the roof.

2. Risk of falling ladders

A lot of inexperienced homeowners have fallen for this pitfall. While the idea of using a ladder to access your roof seems pretty cut and dry, others fail to take notice or give enough caution to the nitty gritty of it.

What am I talking about,  you might ask?

I’m talking about a.) Are you using the right type of ladder? b.) Is the place you’ve positioned your ladder stable enough? c.) are you positioning your ladder correctly?

Often times. these things can spell the difference between you ending up in the ambulance or not.

3. You may not have a roof safety kit

Roofing repair demands that you carry a few tools up the roof for safety purposes. For instance, a professional roofer will be armed with a fall protection anchorage, a roofer safety kit, and a safety harness. Well, you may be tempted to purchase your own safety equipment but even if you acquire them, you must know how to wear your kit for maximum safety.

4. Exposure to asbestos

Unknown to many, most of the roofs built on or before the 1990s contain asbestos – a potentially dangerous material. In fact, one research found that approximately 80% of all roofs constructed before 1980 contain asbestos. Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals. Exposure to the material for long periods of time can cause mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer. You don’t want to get cancer, do you?

5. Weather

The Oklahoma weather particularly between March through June can be severe. According to stats, April and May are the worst.  The city is located in the infamous Tornado Alley therefore frequented by tornadoes, severe hail storms, and occasional derechoes. You should be very observant of the weather; do not let a strong hailstorm find you on the roof. Professional roofers have been in the industry long enough to keep weather in mind at all times.

6. Can you even locate the leak?

One of the biggest challenges in roof repair as most DIY homeowners have discovered is locating leaks. Small leaks may not even leave a sign. And in some cases, water may show up at a ceiling spot a long distance from the actual leak. So, it’s very easy to repair the wrong “leak”.

7. Can you fix it right?

Even if you’re able to locate the leak, can you fix it right? Even simple leaks can be quite challenging to repair.  If you don’t fix a leak the right way, you could end up causing electrical problems. Furthermore, sometimes if holes on the roof aren’t sealed properly, they can accumulate water which may lead to mold and mildew down the road.

8. Choosing the right materials

One reason why you should always insist on a professional roofing contractor handling all your repairs is because they can pick the right materials for the job. It’s not just about the money, experienced roofing contractors know what materials to pick for which repairs. If you pick the wrong materials, you will most likely need additional repairs within a short time.

9. Professional roofers will get you discounts

This might not be a danger but working with a professional roofing contractor could actually save you costs because these people are able to get discounts from roofing stores. Because they have long term relationships with some stores, they are always guaranteed discounts on purchases. You may never get similar discounts on your own.

10. Risks associated with your lack of experience

The mere fact that you’ve never climbed up a roof before exposes you to several risks. What if you slip or fall over? Climbing and walking on the roof isn’t similar to walking on the ground. It requires great balance. Furthermore, for the entire period that you stay on the roof, you need to be very attentive. Maybe portions of the roof are already rotten, weak, and unable to carry your weight. You might end up crashing down through the roof.

Conclusion

While there are certainly benefits to DIY roof repairs, the danger it poses is also quite real. Instead of doing the repairs yourself, it’s always a wiser move to contact professional roofing contractors, to ensure not just quality work, but your safety as well. Contact us now.

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