Four Risks to DIY Roof Repairs

If you’re a self-proclaimed do-it-yourselfer, you likely bristle at the thought of hiring anyone to handle your home improvement needs for you – including minor or major roof repairs. After all, why hire someone when you’re equally capable of DIY roof repairs, right? While we love to see homeowners take the reins and fix things on their own, it’s better to leave roof repairs to professionals.

Without fail, some people believe they can save a few bucks by bypassing their Connecticut roofing contractor and fixing the issues themselves. But there are risks involved with this DIY tactic.

We’d even go so far as to say the risks far outweigh whatever money you could save.

Here are 4 risks to DIY roof repairs you should know:

  1. Injury — You may not think climbing up on a one-story roof is that big of a deal. But the truth is that slip-and-fall accidents are very common with DIY roof repairs and can result in significant injuries ranging from a broken wrist to a head injury and even death. Roofers follow strict safety regulations and consider all sorts of factors you may not be thinking of, from the weather outside to what clothes and shoes that they’re wearing and which safety equipment they use.
  2. Threat of more damage — Yes, there is a chance that you could climb on your roof to repair something as small as a few missing shingles and end up causing even more damage due to your inexperience working on roofs. Water damage and leaks can arise if your roof isn’t repaired correctly, and you may not realize that there is additional damage until it’s too late. 
  3. More money spent on equipment — Roofers have years of experience and the proper equipment on hand to tackle any roof damage. Homeowners generally don’t, which means the money you thought you’d saved by doing DIY roof repairs will be eaten up by the cost of additional tools and equipment.
  4. Voided warranties and insurance issues — Many manufacturer warranties are only valid if a licensed roofing contractor installs those products and does so according to proper specifications. This includes everything from shingles to flashing, gutters, and more. Any damage you cause to these products, including improper installation techniques, can cancel their warranty. Furthermore, you run the risk of your insurance company not covering roof damage that you caused through DIY roof repairs.

At MJT Roofing, we understand that a sense of pride comes with DIY roof repairs. But when it comes to roof repairs, it’s better to enlist help from professionals who work with roofs every day and can ensure the job gets done right the first time. 

Call MJT Roofing today!

At MJT Roofing, we hop on your roof and provide a thorough inspection of anything that may have been damaged. If everything looks great, we’ll continue to check in periodically. If there is significant enough damage, we will walk you through the next few steps to get started on roof repair and replacement. 

Over the next several weeks and months, we’ll continue to publish helpful content to our blog page so that MJT Roofing can be a go-to resource for you!

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