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Avoid These DIY Roofing Hazards

Published on November 18th, 2019

Whether you’re looking to install roof insulation in Wilmette or conduct a full-fledged re-roofing project, there are hazards related to working on your roof that everyone should be aware of. Though it may seem simple enough to do roofing work, and while DIY home repair has become all the rage, there’s quite a bit to consider when you’re doing a roofing job. Of course, there’s your safety and the safety of others around you, which we’ll discuss, but it goes even further than that.

Safety Hazards

Professional roofers, as you might imagine, develop an ability to stay safe on roofs. The good ones make it look easy whether they’re putting in roof insulation in Wilmette or replacing the entire roof. But it’s far from it. Besides the hazards of simply losing your footing on a slippery roof, there’s also the issue of carrying large materials that can easily catch the wind and pull even the most sure-footed DIY roofer off their feet.

Moreover, because of the nature of roofing work, you generally have to get the job done in a timely manner to avoid exposing your home to the elements. The need for speed, plus inexperience walking and working on a roof, can create a recipe for disaster. So be aware.

Workmanship and Expertise

It’s one thing to paint the inside of your home. But roofing replacement or repair is a considerable step up. Issues with your workmanship can cause serious and costly problems in your home such as mildew, mold and leaks. The money you save doing the project yourself will be quickly washed away if your work isn’t high-quality enough to withstand the elements.

Moreover, choosing the best roofing materials for any given job is not always straightforward. You must consider the elements that the home will be exposed to as well as your cost limitations.

No (or Voided) Warranty

When you work with a professional roofer, a warranty will generally protect you from any issues that occur as a result of the professional roofer’s work. If you do the roofing project yourself, you’ll have no warranty protection. Even worse, if you repair a roofing issue yourself, you may void any warranty you did have, which will cost you a significant amount of money in the long-run. This is a significant financial hazard of DIY roofing work that is definitely worth considering before doing any work on your roof yourself, whether you’re installing roof insulation in Wilmette, or making spot repairs.

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