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DIY or Nah? 4 Things to Consider Before Patching a Roof Yourself


A bad rainstorm brushes through your home town. It’s then that you realize that your ceiling is leaking a bit. You put a bucket under the leak to protect your floors from patching things up later.

Patching a roof is all fun and games until you fall off and get yourself hurt or worse. That’s why unless you have the proper experience, it may be a better idea for you to call a professional to get the job done.

Before you decide to hop on your roof and get started with repairs, consider these four important things.

1. It’s Not Safe

The main thing that you need to know about DIY roof repair is that it’s not safe if you don’t know what you’re doing. You can Youtube “how to patch up a roof”, but this doesn’t count as experience.

It counts as learning, and when you’re learning, you’ll be more focused on what you’re doing rather than your surroundings—distractions like this lead to falls. It would help if you also had certain equipment to keep yourself safe.

Professionals from a roofing company are equipped with the tools and equipment needed to avoid such accidents.

2. It Can Be Time Consuming

If you don’t have the experience, then patching up your roof can be time-consuming. You’ve got to be extra careful, so you don’t make a mistake. If you do make one, then you’ve got to spend extra time to fix it.

Sometimes you can’t fix the problem and have to call a professional to come in and take care of it. This takes more time because you have to make an appointment and wait. It will also cost you a lot of extra money.

3. Aesthetics

Your roof is one of the most important aspects of your home when it comes to curb appeal. If the shingles you use to patch things up is a different colour than all of the others on the roof, people will be able to tell. It will be a lot harder to sell your home in the future if you leave it this way too.

Roofing professionals are trained to take such aesthetics into account. When they are done patching up your roof, nobody will be able to tell something was wrong in the first place.

4. Liability and Insurance

If you attempt to patch up your roof yourself and damage it, then chances are your insurance company isn’t going to pay for repairs. They will claim that you were negligent and you’re at fault for the current state of your roof.

You’ll end up having to pay a company come to fix your mistake out of your own wallet.


Patching a Roof is Harder Than it Looks

Patching a roof is a lot harder than it looks. You can try doing it yourself, but you could be hurt or cause even more damage to the roof. When in doubt, it’s probably best to let the professionals handle it.

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