Roofing Repair

The Dangers of DIY Roof Repair

Saving money can motivate you to attempt certain home repair tasks yourself. While some home care jobs are worthy of the DIY label, roof repair is not one of them.

If you have issues with your San Antonio roof that need to be addressed, it’s a wise idea to call a local roofer. Attempting to perform any type of roof work on your own can be dangerous and result in even greater expense. At Bondoc Roofing, we want to share some things to think about regarding DIY work on your roof.

Common DIY Roofing Projects

There are certain roofing projects that you may consider doing on your own. Some roofing jobs seem easy to do, like:

  • Popped nails on your roof
  • Replacing missing shingles
  • Wind-blown shingles or shingles that are out of place
  • Flashing repair

Well, have you ever heard of the phrase “easier said than done”? Let’s apply that here. 

You’ll want to think twice before you try to tackle these roof repairs yourself. You could discover the downsides to repairing your roof on your own can outweigh the potential money you may save.

DIY Roof Repair Is Dangerous

Local roofers understand the inherent risks of roof repair.  They take special precautions and utilize safety equipment to protect themselves on the job. 

As a homeowner, it’s not likely you own the proper kind of tools to keep yourself safe when maneuvering around on your roof. Saving a little money isn’t worth risking a significant injury.

DIY Work Often Necessitates Repairs

There is no shortage of instructional videos on your favorite platform to teach you how to solve any problem. The issue with those videos is that they are often specific to the project shown on the video. 

Trying to copy what someone does on a video can lead to faulty repair work. Your San Antonio roof is simply too crucial to risk leaks and other damage to your house.

DIY Work Can Void Manufacturer Warranties

Manufacturers of roofing materials often provide warranties to protect homeowners against manufacturing defects. 

However, to eliminate the possibility of problems due to improper installation, many warranties specify that licensed and trained roofing professionals must install the roofing materials. If you choose to repair your roof yourself, the likely result is a voided warranty.

DIY Roof Repair Can Cause Insurance Issues

Working on your roof yourself can result in potential problems with your homeowner’s insurance policy. There are two ways this can happen.

A Claim May Be Denied

If you need storm damage roof repair, you might file a claim with your insurance company to see if they might pay for all or part of that cost. If an inspector for your insurance company sees signs of amateur roof repairs, you increase your chances of getting denied.

Your Policy May Be Revoked

Losing your homeowner’s policy altogether is another potential pitfall of repairing your roof on your own. 

A DIY roof repair can compromise the structural integrity of your home. Weakened roofs can increase the likelihood of further damage to your home, increasing an insurance company’s risk in insuring your home.

When this happens, an insurance company can withdraw your policy and can refuse to insure you in the future.

DIY Roofers Miss Underlying Problems 

If you set out to replace a few shingles, you could miss other issues that a trained roofing professional would notice. 

If not appropriately addressed, problems such as rotting roof decking or shingles showing excessive wear can leave your roof and home exposed to more significant damage.

Why Hire a Roofing Contractor?

We’ve discussed some risks and dangers associated with do-it-yourself roofing repair. In addition to the safety and convenience of a local professional roofer doing your work, there are some other benefits for you to consider.

Experience Pays

When you hire a roofing contractor, part of what you’re paying for is their experience in roofing work. Installing a roof can be an intricate process, and it takes years of training and experience in the field to master. 

A well-installed roof will protect your home and the money you’ve invested in the roofing materials. The experience of a roofing contractor can yield much better results than self-repair.

Enhanced Warranties

One of the risks of do-it-yourself roof repair is that you could lose your manufacturer’s warranty. Conversely, hiring a qualified roofing contractor could secure greater manufacturer warranties against defects. 

You also could benefit from additional warranties from the roofing contractor to cover installation issues.

Extra Peace of Mind

When you hire a roofing contractor to perform storm damage roof repair or handle any other roofing issues, you have the peace of mind that comes with knowing the job was done properly.  

A local roofer may also provide periodic inspections to make sure your roof continues to protect your home.

A Local Roofer in San Antonio, TX

Bondoc Roofing has been serving the San Antonio area with dependable and professional roofing services since the early 2000s. 

Are you second-guessing your decision to make DIY roof repairs after reading this article? Contact us today for any roof repair needs.

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