If you are a self-sufficient homeowner who prefers to save a few bucks with DIY projects, more power to you—just know that not all projects have viable DIY solutions. This is doubly true when it comes to roof repair. Here are several common (but well-intentioned) DIY fails we see that often make situations far worse than they were before.
Inspecting for Damage and Doing Even More Damage
While it may sound like a good idea to get up on your roof to take a look yourself- in practice, this is often a major mistake. Merely walking on flashing or certain shingles can cause damage and create leaks. Taking a cursory look is fine, but try to stay off the roof if possible.
Replacing Shingles and Ruining the Roof
Shingles may look like an easy product to replace, but there's a lot of expertise involved. We've seen so many fails here it's hard to pick just one. Many DIYers nail new shingles over old shingles, which can easily ruin a roof. Others use the wrong nails, or the wrong number of nails, or the wrong overlap between shingle layers…creating widespread problems that are expensive to fix. Shingles are not for amateurs, folks.
Picking the Prettiest Roofing Materials - Which Local Weather Easily Destroys
Many homeowners think they can pick out roofing materials themselves and call a roofer later. Homeowners tend to pick materials they like the best or think look the most beautiful. However, it's important to pick materials that match your environment. The wrong type of shingles will fade, grow algae, or accidentally heat up your home. The wrong tiles will crack and shatter. The wrong metal panels will warp or rust. You need expert advice at this stage, too!
Covering up Vents - and Damaging Your Attic
"My attic opens right up to the air? That's how dust and pests get inside! We need to cover these up," is a thought many homeowners have had. Your attic needs those vents on and near the roof to move moisture and prevent condensation. Covering them up invites serious moisture damage.
Ignoring Permits - and Getting Violations
Yep - for many types of roof repair, you need a local permit - along with knowledge of local roofing requirements and building standards. DIY projects may threaten insurance coverage for your roof and lead to other types of trouble in the future.
Ignoring Safety - and Getting Hurt
DIY roof projects always involve an element of danger. Your roof is a dangerous place. Without the proper care, precautions, and knowledge, there's an opportunity for serious injury or death. Homeowners find this out the hard way year after year.
For a safe repair project, call a professional.