Some roof repair seems simple enough that the average homeowner or handyman can complete it. That may occasionally be true. For the most part, however, a licensed roof repair company should perform your roof repair. The biggest hazard is that of falling off the roof but there are many other reasons you should never attempt a roof replacement or repair yourself.
Why a Roof Repair Company Should Perform Your Repairs
The biggest reason is the possibility of the work not being completed properly. That can include roof repair that doesn’t find the source of the leak so it continues, shingles that aren’t properly affixed, or surface only repair that leaves structural damage. Water follows the path of least resistance so where you see the leak inside your house may not be the origin of that leak. When a repair isn’t completed properly or in a timely manner, the leak and subsequent damage, only continues to grow. As the damage grows, it can lead to structural issues requiring more than just a small repair.
Another reason is the possibility of facing heavy fines up to $5,000. Fines can come when you don’t obtain a proper permit. Although there are exemptions where you can make the repairs yourself, you still need a permit and you must agree to the terms set forth by the county. If you fail to abide by any of these terms, you can be fined.
DIY Roof Replacements Have Even More Perils
Of course, there is the same issue of improper installation that you have with a DIY roof repair, but in a roof replacement you have other issues. One of those is the manufacturer warranty. Some manufacturers won’t honor a warranty when a licensed roofing contractor does not install the roof. In addition, you won’t have a workmanship warranty at all if you install it.
Time is another reason to avoid trying to replace your own roof. Roofing companies have crews who have the right tools, training, and knowledge and can often re-roof an average size home in about a day. The longer your home is without the protective barrier of the shingles, the more likely additional damage is to occur.
Although some home renovation jobs are perfect for the do it yourselfer, roofing isn’t. You should always have your work done by a licensed roof repair company like Russ Noyes Roofing. We service Orange and Seminole Counties and always pull the proper permitting and guarantee our work. Call 407-388-7700 for your roof repair estimate today.