Roofing is a pain. There is a definite right way, and a definite wrong way. We see too many times that someone thinks that they can do it themselves and they end up with a disaster on their hands. Either they end up hurting themselves, they end up damaging their property, or they end up doing poor work that they will have to pay to hire a professional to come out and fix.
Don’t Be This Guy!
Here are the 3 Biggest Mistakes That We See Homeowners Make On Roof Repairs
1. Avoiding The Project Altogether
While we recommend that you do not take on a roof repair project on your own, that does not mean that you should not have your roof repaired. Waiting too long to have a roof repaired can be disastrous. If you wait until the rainy season and find that your roof is leaking, have fun trying to cover your roof with tarps while you are waiting for a good roofer to be able to fit you into his schedule. And often, by waiting too long, your simple repair job can turn into a new roof install – which is a lot more expensive. Don’t put off the repairs that you know need to be made just because you can’t find the time to do it. Schedule a professional to come and make the repairs as soon as you notice any problems with your roof!
2. Buying the Wrong Materials
Of course a roofing professional knows exactly what you need for your job. Unfortunately you won’t be talking to a roofing professional if you go to one of the big box stores. You will be talking to one of their “experts” that will tell you that you only need what they carry – whether that is what you actually need or not. If you do insist on doing it yourself, do some research. Find out everything that you will need beforehand so that you can estimate the cost before you start the project. And I would also recommend going to a reputable roofing supplier so that you can talk to someone that knows what they are talking about. They can help you to understand the scope of your project and can give you a realistic idea of the materials that you will need as well as the costs that go with them.
3. Choosing The Cheapest Materials
This is related to #2, but I thought that it deserved its own mention. Roofing is like anything else – you will get what you pay for. If you want a roof that leaks after a couple of years and needs to be regularly repaired, by all means choose the cheapest materials. However if you want a roof that will last, you will want to pick materials that are at least in the middle when it comes to cost. Of course cost is not the only determining factor. Ask your roofing supplier about the quality of the different products and select the one that you feel has the best quality vs. cost ratio.
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