Should I Repair My Own Roof?

Just like everything else in your house, your roof will eventually deteriorate and require some level of repair. While you might be tempted to climb up on the roof and replace some of the shingles that you get from your local hardware store yourself, below are a few reasons why you should consider hiring roof repair out to a professional roofing company.


If for no other reason on this list, safety should be the number one reason why you never attempt to perform any kind of roof repair yourself. There's not only the danger of getting up on the roof itself but also lugging heavy materials and the slope of the roof to contend with as well. Never mind the fact that roof repair poses its own risks even if you were at ground level, such as tearing out old shingles or replacing the substructure underneath the roofline. No matter which way you slice it, it's better for everybody if you leave roof repair in the hands of a roofing company.


One of the main reasons that people decide to do roof repair is because they think it will save them money; in reality, it can actually cost you more money in the long run. Not only does roof repair require specialized tools and materials, which are usually purchased at a discount, but you also have to factor in the time expense of being away from work and family, as well as learning how to do it yourself. Moreover, there is always the possibility that your own DIY roof repair could actually make the problem worse, which would necessitate hiring a crew to fix the original problem and whatever issues are created afterward.


Replacing shingles and fixing the flashing on your chimney is a very nuanced task. The shingles have to be aligned just right, and the flashing has to be moved closer to the chimney in such a way that leaks are not only minimized but eliminated. Failure to get this just right will result in periodic water stains and mold that could develop on the underside of your roof, requiring not just shingles to be replaced but wood beams too. Considering that most roofs are also insulated to provide maximum energy efficiency, you could also see a rise in your electricity bill if the roof repair is not performed adequately. 

Call a roofing company to get the help you need.