Avoiding Common DIY Roofing Hazards
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Avoiding DIY Roofing Hazards

Published by Andrew Schmidt

With the economy on an unexpected decline due to the spread of the coronavirus, it’s tempting to want to fix everything that you can without paying for a roof repair in Winnetka, Il. DIY projects, also known as “do it yourself” projects, have become all the rage in recent years due to their convenience, cost-effectiveness and the opportunity to learn about something new. The satisfaction of completing a project on your own that you thought to be impossible is enough motivation for many to attempt to repair their roofs. 

Here are some common hazards associated with DIY roof repairs to help you reconsider calling our team at Showalter Roofing Service, Inc. 

Personal Injury

The risk of injuring yourself when you’re trying to repair your roof on your own is high if you aren’t sure what you are doing. Roofs require using tall ladders in addition to navigating potentially dangerous tools to make the proper fix. Plus, in the case that your roof has a weak point that you don’t know about it, there’s always a risk that you fall through it unexpectedly. Even if you have the right personal protective gear, it won’t protect you from dangerous slips or falls. This risk alone is reason enough to call us for roof repair in Winnetka, Il.

Leaking Roof

If you don’t install roofing elements properly, there’s a chance you will create a roof with more issues than you started with. For example, if you have to install new shingles, it’s necessary to first install underlayment and flashing to prevent leaks from happening. The last thing you want is to go through the work and stress of fixing your roof only for it to result in gaps, holes and other costly imperfections. 


While you go out of your way to save money by attempting a DIY roof project, you may end up spending more. You’ll spend a good amount of time looking for the right materials and in the case that you make a mistake, you’ll need to buy extra materials. It’s oftentimes easier to skip the stress and costs on your own and go the more straightforward route: hiring a professional. 

Manufacturer Requirements

Last, but certainly not least, manufacturers have a variety of stringent installation requirements that need to be met in order to validate the material and the product warranties. Many DIY customers won’t receive the security of 20, 30 and 50-year warranties that manufacturers offer without utilizing a professional. 

While there are plenty of great DIY projects that you can do around your home, fixing your roof shouldn’t be one of them. Our roofs play a huge role in keeping us safe from the elements, a job that’s too important to leave up to yourself if you aren’t experienced. Thankfully, our team at Showalter Roofing Service, Inc. understands how to seamlessly fix your problems at an affordable price. Please contact us today for help!

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