Most homeowners instantly opt for DIY roof repairs when they need to conduct maintenance or repair work on their roofs. However, it is not always the best option. The guide below details some compelling reasons to hire a roofing contractor for roofing repairs.
Without any expertise in roofing work, it is easy to make assumptions as you repair the roof. For instance, if you experience a leak, you could replace the damaged shingle and decide you are done with the problem. Conversely, the contractor conducts an expensive inspection to identify the extent of the problem and any urgent or long-term maintenance that the roof could require. In this case, the contractor examines the roof's age and advises whether it is time to consider a roof replacement. The professional also assesses damages attributed to the leakage. For instance, it could be the leakage caused some trusses to rot. Besides, humid conditions in the attic could attract a termite infestation. The contractor will also check the gutters, flashing, decking, vents and skylights. As a homeowner, it would be difficult to conduct these assessments.
Sometimes, you might need to replace the entire roof or a section of your roof. You will most likely re-roof with the previous roofing material, which could be outdated. In other cases, you might want to experiment with newer roofing materials, some of which could be prohibited by the building code or strata by-laws. A roofing contractor is an excellent source of information regarding new and innovative roofing materials. Moreover, they ensure the installed roof is compliant with the building regulations. For instance, the contractor could recommend a cheaper roof with external cladding to improve your home's energy efficiency, appeal and fire-resistant properties. Most roofing contractors have direct relationships with manufacturers that allow them to source the latest roofs at a fraction of their price at your local building supplies outlet.
You are prone to make costly mistakes as you conduct DIY roofing repairs. For instance, you could use fewer fasteners and nails. As a result, the roof will have loose shingles that could cause leakages or could be blown off during a storm. You could also install the flashing improperly. As such, the roof will leak. Besides, the shingles could have shifting patterns that make the roof unappealing. Finally, you could purchase poor-quality materials that affect the appeal of the roof. For example, you could buy mismatching shingles and realise the issue when it is too late. A contractor guarantees their work, which compels them to observe a high degree of professionalism.Share
3 June 2022
Hello, my name is Ryan and this is my blog. I don't work in the roofing industry but I recently had to spend a week on the roof of my home trying to fix it up. I am pretty good at DIY, but in the end, I had to call in a roofing contractor to help me out. I decided to replace the entire roof and that wasn't a job I was going to take on my own. I have learnt a lot during the past few weeks and I hope to use this blog to pass on some of my knowledge.