Why You Shouldn’t DIY Your Roof

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Many homeowners take on DIY projects to save money, take pride in the work they do for their home, and ensure that the project is exactly how they envision it. However, certain projects should never be weekend to-do projects. This also includes the roof. Several dangerous situations can happen if you DIY a roof project.

Risk of Injury

You may lack the appropriate equipment to perform the DIY roof project. Using tools that are not suitable can increase the chance of getting hurt, breaking your tools, and causing damage. Also, there are no safety protocols that DIYers follow to make the worksite safe. Skipping out on these precautions can injure yourself and people who are nearby.

Make Problems Worse

Unfortunately, most homeowners don’t have the basic knowledge to perform adequate DIY roof repairs or replacements. It can take worn roof nail length, inappropriate shingle layering, and the wrong tools to cause damaged or dislodged shingles. Incorrectly replacing the materials could lead to water penetration that causes rotting, mold, and a shorter product lifespan.

Violating City Codes

Many people will start the DIY work immediately when getting back with the materials. However, roofing projects require the right building permits as you have codes that must be followed. Not adhering to these codes or not getting the right permits can lead to local fines. You could also risk losing your insurance coverage and creating mortgage problems.

Covering Ventilation

Some DIY homeowners will see roof ventilation as a detriment to the safety and security of the roof. They see these openings as an invitation for pests and water to enter. By covering up these openings, they think that they are increasing the protection of the roof. Unfortunately, the lack of ventilation causes moisture to become trapped inside. This moisture and the warm conditions in the attic can create water damage formed from condensation and cause moldy conditions.

A roof system is the first line of defense that your home has against the weather and other outdoor elements. You want to ensure that it stays in good condition for the entire life cycle of the roof. If there are any repairs that need to be done, contact the professionals at Branstetter’s KangaRoof. We ensure to follow all local building codes and safety standards so you get a safe and functional roof.