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DIY Roofing: Dangers to Look for and When to Call a Professional

What does “This Old House”, “Fixer Upper”, and “Trading Spaces” all have in common? They inspire homeowners to be brave and tackle some DIY projects! These professionals make renovating seem so simple. Just hit a wall away and “boom” a gorgeous new bathroom will appear! Well, not exactly, but in a short one-hour show, full transformations are displayed. 

We can become inspired to tackle some of our own projects rather than hire out. We believe that saving a few dollars, and experiencing the thrill of doing something on our own is completely worth it! 

But is it? Really? Many dangers could result from not being safe while attempting to save a few dollars. 

DIY roofing advice, DIY roofing dangers, Jacksonville

What are a few reasons it is better to hire a professional? 

Financial 

While a homeowner may save a few dollars upfront, there is a good chance of having to pay to have the project redone or to call in a professional to fix what we started. A DIY homeowner may not understand exactly the products needed to complete the job properly. Not having adequate knowledge or training can cause more complications in the future. For example, an untrained mechanic may do more damage to a vehicle than a trained mechanic would do. Don’t set yourself up for additional repairs or costs because you were following a DIY video and became inspired.

Secondly, a DIY project or repair on a roof could void the warranty. Most professional roofers in Jacksonville have long-term warranties on roofing installations. The warranty could become invalid and void if you or another non-professional roofer did work on the roof. 

Physical 

A mountain climber wouldn’t attempt to climb Mount Everest without proper training and guidance. A high-rise window cleaner wouldn’t go over the parapet of a building without proper safety equipment. What makes the average homeowner think it is safe to climb up on a roof, with tools and shingles in hand, and attempt to replace a roof? Many injuries have happened to be unsafe and the lack of respecting safe procedures. 

Research shows that out of the top 10 riskiest jobs, roofing comes in at number 6. That is astonishing! Also, about 50 roofers die from roof falls per year. The following article will give more statistics and display the dangerous job that roofers encounter daily. https://www.phpsd.com/blog/8-shocking-roof-safety-statistics-you-won-t-believe

Some of the most common types of bodily injury are broken bones, concussions, back injuries, brain injuries, and paralysis. Please, call a professional if you have roofing needs. 

Time 

As with learning a new skill, it takes time. Crocheting isn’t mastered after one learning module. It takes time to learn the balancing act of riding a bicycle. A Master Gardener doesn’t become so after a single season. Skills take time. 

Roofing contractors work with their crew to make sure they fully understand the ins and outs of the trade. It can’t be learned in one afternoon. After several months or even years of roofing, an installer can quickly work through a roof replacement project with ease and efficiency. There is no way a DIY’er can master a roofing project in a short duration of time. 

Therefore, by hiring out a roofing project, the time spent on the project is greatly reduced in comparison to a homeowner following a YouTube video and attempting to have the same results. 

When is the right time to call a professional roofer? 

Let’s sum it up with “every time”. A roofing company has the proper training, equipment, and knowledge to safely repair any roofing ailment there may be. Some examples are: 

  • Broken or missing shingles
  • Leaky roof
  • Storm damage
  • Chimney repairs
  • Removal of moss, algae, or mold
  • Gutter cleaning
  • Gutter replacement

Who is the company to call when a roofer is needed?
Look no further than Elo Roofing in Jacksonville to assist with all roofing needs. We have the skills, knowledge, and wisdom to properly replace, roof repair, or maintain your roof with ease and professionalism. 

Call us rather than attempting to be a brave DIY’er on your own. 

Now, grab your favorite snack, watch some YouTube DIY bloopers, and smile that you are wise enough to call a professional!

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