Undertaking a do-it-yourself roofing project is no small task and there can be many pitfalls of DIY roofing you should consider. Many roofing issues demand the skills, expertise and knowledge that can only be provided by professionals.
All professional roofing companies have to comply with Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines as required by law. These guidelines set forth clear policies in regards to the professional roofer’s responsibilities such as education for any employees, providing the safest working environment possible and carrying out sufficient risk assessments on every roofing job.
You can avoid these five pitfalls of DIY roofing by hiring properly trained roofing professionals who have a solid reputation for doing excellent work and take safety seriously.
Leaks from Improper Work
One of the biggest pitfalls when it comes to taking on roofing projects is not doing the job adequately and ending up with a leaky roof. A leaking roof can cause serious damage, not only to the exterior of the house, but in its structural integrity as well. Rotting wood can compromise the overall structure, foundation and the strength of the roof and walls. Leaky roofs also leave hidden areas damp which can create mold.
Repairing or replacing a roof can be one of the most dangerous home projects you can try to do yourself. Falls due to a lack of special matting or an anti-slip roof coating, no helmets or goggles, inadequate restraints and trying to rush through a job to complete it on your day or weekend off are all potential safety hazards of taking on a roof project. The danger is not just for the ones on the roof, falling roof debris, hammers or other equipment are also all too common and has caused many injuries to people or vehicles.
Many people think they can save a little cash by doing roofing projects on their own. However, most average homeowners do not have the access to the high-quality materials used by professionals at the price they can offer. You do not want to use inferior materials on your roof as it can lead to cracked or damaged roofing tiles, which will need to be replaced again and you end up spending time and money on the project twice. Unless you know what you are doing and the proper materials to buy, chances are you will end up spending more money in the long-run by doing the roofing project yourself.
Even if you managed to get the best and correct materials for your project and managed to get up the ladder safely without falling off, you still may not know how to use the materials correctly. Rather than allowing for a day or two for the professionals to get the job done, you will have to spend all your time trying to figure out how to do the job correctly.
Not Expecting the Unexpected
You have to ask yourself as a novice roofer if you would be able to adequately cope with any unexpected discoveries like asbestos in the roof, inclement weather while your roof is vulnerable or one of the many other unexpected findings when doing a roof project.
Professionals are the professionals for a reason. Avoid these pitfalls of DIY roofing and leave it in capable hands so you can be assured of a quality job well done.