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DIY Roof Repairs – Not Worth It


By ProMatcher Staff



Although you may save a few dollars completing the repairs on your own, is it really worth the risk? Continue reading the article below to learn more. If you decide to hire a pro instead, we can help you find local roofing repair contractors for your project.

1. You may do more harm than good.

Your DIY roof repairs may actually cause more harm than good. While replacing a few shingles may seem like an easy task, there’s a lot more to it than you might expect. Do you have the right underlayment? Is the area properly waterproofed? Have the roof boards rotted? Do you have the proper insulation? While these issues may be easily spotted by a licensed professional, they might not seem so obvious to you? These errors can be costly! By the time you hire a contractor, to fix your mistakes, you won’t be saving any money.

2. Ladders can be very dangerous.

In most cases, you will need to use a ladder to climb onto the roof. Ladders can be incredibly dangerous when not used properly. Each year, over 500,000 Americans are treated for ladder-related injuries. Hospital bills are no fun!

3. Seriously, you could really hurt yourself.

Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. Roof repair is a dangerous business for professionals too! In 2014, 81 roofers suffered fatal injuries. If you feel unsure about your safety, there's no shame in calling a pro for some assistance. Use our free matching service to get free price quotes from local pros.

4. Your roof may be close to power lines.

Falling is just one of many hazards. While working on the roof, you may be in close proximity live power lines. Did you know that each year 4,400 people in the U.S. are injured by electrical hazards? You don’t want to be the next one.

5. You may not have the right equipment.

Fixing your roof the right way could require specialty tools and equipment that you don’t own. A hammer and nails may not do the trick and renting the right tools can be a hassle. Not to mention, even basic tools can be dangerous when the not used properly. According to the CDC, 37,00 people are treated in the emergency room for nail gun injuries each year.

6. You have to think about the rest of your home.

When something is wrong with your roof, the rest of your home is put at risk. You have the think the structural stability of your home. For example, a leaky roof can lead to a multitude of problems. Excess moisture can lead to mold damage. If rain cannot effectively reach your gutters, you could end up with a wet basement or serious foundation problems.



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