DIY vs Professional Roof Repair: Important Pros And Cons

Submitted by Zenka Hattingh

on Thu, 08/17/2017 - 13:04

Avoiding roof leaks and damage can be as simple as calling a contractor or simply maintaining your roof the DIY way. Both options pose risks and benefits in terms of saving money or ensuring that the job is done well enough to last until the next rainy season. Thus, it’s important to weigh up your options if you are on a tight budget in order to determine which option will suit you best in terms of experience and convenience.

Keep the following DIY vs professional roof repair services in mind – determining the pros and cons of each.

Thinking of hiring a professional roofing contractor?

Pros:

  1. Save time

Apart from the fact that you don’t have to make time out of your day to climb onto the roof, professional roofing contractors can attend to what needs to be fixed in a shorter amount of time – having plenty more experience in that department. This means you’re able to carry on with normal day-to-day tasks without interruption.

  1. Avoid risk

Not having to climb onto the roof means there is no risk for falling off. This is particularly important if you’re in general not a handy DIY type of person. Rather let the professionals (who have been doing it for years) do what they do best and accept responsibility for the risks involved.

  1. Peace of mind

You’ll receive peace of mind knowing that the job is being done and done accordingly in order to prevent the same problem from resurfacing. This also allows the professionals to locate future problems whilst performing their professional roof repair duties.

  1. Less money wasted

In general, roofing experts know exactly which materials to purchase in order to fix the problem. There is no second guessing or trying out different products in order to determine which work best. This saves you money in the long run – preventing you from having to purchase products yourself which may or may not work.

  1. Warranty coverage

Depending on the contractor and roofing ‘brand’, you may be in possession of a manufacturer’s warranty or workmanship warranty – protecting you from costs involved to fix your roof and roofing materials. By hiring a professional, you’re able to have peace of mind that you’re covered in such an event.

Cons:

  1. Possibility of an unfinished job

Some contractors can be quite shady – taking your money and leaving the job incomplete. It’s important, before hiring a professional roof repair company, to check references in order to determine credibility. It could save you plenty of money in the long run.

Thinking of repairing the roof yourself?

Pros:

  1. Immediate fixing

The great thing about fixing the roof yourself is the fact that you don’t have to wait around for anyone else to do it. However, there is always the possibility that you may not be able to gather the time to DIY your roof repairs in the first place.

  1. Convenience

You don’t have to worry about a contractor showing up late or having to walk through your home. It’s convenient in the sense that your home remains private and you’re left to do the job on your own time.

Cons:

  1. Safety risks

Of course, when attempting a DIY roof repair, there’s always the possibility of injury – falling off the roof or injuring your hands with equipment. Is it worth the risk, especially if you’re quite inexperienced in that particular field?

  1. Compromising the warranty

By choosing not to hire professional roof repair services, you could be compromising your manufacturer’s warranty since you’re not a licensed professional. Thus, it’s best to rather be safe than sorry for future reference.

  1. Unforeseen problem detection

Professionals are able to detect future problems to your roof while they’re up there repairing the current problem – problems that you may not notice due to lack of experience. This could end up costing you more money to fix a small problem which became enormous over time.

Remember, in order to prevent problems such as roof leaks and water stains, it’s important to clean your roof regularly. Taking the above-mentioned into account, it’s best to hire professional roof cleaning services to take full responsibility for on-site accidents – preventing you from having to climb onto the roof to clean old leaves from the gutters and get rid of any accumulating water which may pose a leak risk. Besides, why clean your roof when you can hire professionals who know exactly what they’re doing in order to spot potential problems down the line.

In order to ensure that your property remains in top notch condition, we provide a maintenance program for roofing and gutter cleaning, “saving costly water damage to properties, and making sure that your company isn’t at risk.” Contact us for a comprehensive quote.

 

Sources: http://wernerroofing.com/blog/diy-roofing-hiring-a-professional/

https://www.tqmroofingsolutions.com/hire-professional-roofing-contractor-diy/