A lot of homeowners try to save money by attempting to DIY roofing work. However, in most cases, it ends up costing them more in the long run—roofing work is a lot harder than it looks. Expert Contracting, one of the state’s top roofing companies, lists below the most common DIY roofing fails.
1. New Shingles Installed on Top of Worn Shingles
Any contractor worth their salt would know that you need to tear off the old shingles before installing new ones. However, since they lack the necessary expertise, a lot of DIY-ers don’t know this and make a crucial mistake.
2. Using Too Few or Too Many Nails in the Wrong Spot
Another thing DIY-ers should know is that a certain number of nails have to be driven into the correct spot. Such details are usually laid out by the manufacturer in the manual that comes with the shingles, but the instructions can get too technical for novices.
3. Roof Leaks
All it takes is a single mistake, a missing nail or an incorrectly placed shingle, to open a gap through which water can infiltrate your roof, which is why DIY roofing work almost always results in leaks.
4. Safety Issues
Safety issues can arise if the new roof isn’t installed properly, not to mention that without the proper safety equipment and training, there’s a high risk of accidents during the roof installation itself.
5. Project Delays
The lack of training and experience, combined with potential safety issues and mistakes, can throw your schedule way off track. Delays are especially problematic for DIYers since most of them can only do DIY roofing work on weekends. Given the likely delays and the high risk of installation errors, DIY roofing work just isn’t worth the time, effort or money. When you need highly technical jobs, like a roof replacement, done, it’s always best to let the professionals handle all the work.
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Expert Contracting, a GAF® Master Elite® contractor, offers a wide range of professional roofing services, including roof repair and replacement services. To get a free estimate, call us at (716) 572-7303 or leave us a message here. We serve homeowners in West Seneca, NY, as well as the surrounding communities.