How hard can it be? This is the question you may be asking, as you challenge yourself to fix or replace your own roof. You’re not the first person to think this way. Perhaps the only reason many people do this by themselves is the potential savings. If you were to work on your roof alone, or perhaps with a little help from a friend or a family member, you don’t have to pay anybody else.
Beware of the pitfalls that may come when going the DIY route, though. Jaco Roofing and other experts list some reasons you should trust a professional roofing contractor in Houston instead.
You don’t have the experience of a pro
A roofing professional is likely to spend hundreds of hours working with a seasoned contractor before setting out on their own or being trusted to lead their own projects. Even then, they may still make mistakes. If those hours of training and observing still don’t make them perfect, you can’t expect to know more than them as far as the right roofing techniques, materials, products, and equipment are concerned. Even if you decide to watch videos online, read up on roofing, ask a pro a few questions, you still cannot duplicate what a pro knows from years of experience.
The dangers are real
Working up on the roof is not the same as working on the ground. Even if you’re not bothered by heights, that doesn’t mean you can’t fall. A slope is a more difficult area to work on, let alone walk on. One slip or an instance out of balance is all it takes. It’s not just a danger for you. Other people can get hurt if you drop any of your tools accidentally.
Insurance and warranties are important
If you do hurt someone by accident, you’ll end up paying out of pocket. Your own insurance may not honor your policy if you get injured or lose your life due to a fall accident, as you knew it was a risk and should have avoided it. Your home insurer is not likely to pay for costly mistakes you may make while working. On top of all that, if you do make a mistake, you don’t have a warranty to fall back on.
Replacing, installing, or repairing a roof is not an easy task. If you don’t work with a contractor, you might end up making any of these mistakes, which may cost you a lot more than what you were trying to save in the first place.