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DIY vs Professional Roof Repairs

In today’s DIY-oriented world, it’s tempting to put up your hand for any DIY challenge around the home. However, while there are certain home repair tasks that you can undertake with relative confidence, DIY roof repairs aren’t for the faint hearted.

Your roof plays an incredibly important role in keeping your home safe from the elements, so you’ll want to think carefully before deciding to undertake any roof-related DIY.

Monitoring

Monitoring a roof for leaks, cracks and damage is a task that many homeowners can help with. Water dripping into the property, evidence of mould or rot, or visibly broken tiles can all be signs of damage to your roof, and can alert you to whether a roofing professional needs to be called in. Note, though, that roof damage or disrepair isn’t always visible, and self-monitoring can’t provide the same type of in-depth monitoring that a professional inspection can provide.

Cleaning and clearing

Homeowners may be able to assist with removing leaf litter and other debris from gutters and downpipes, but only if appropriate safety equipment is used. Falls from a roof or even the misuse of pressure cleaning or other equipment can result in serious harm, so if you do not have access to appropriate safety equipment, these jobs are best left to the professionals.

Fixing leaks and retiling

Many a homeowner has attempted to retile a roof or fix a leak, but although these measures may initially have seemed like a success, very often they end up being a merely cosmetic fix—unfortunately it often takes a rainy day or hailstorm to find this out. Very often visible roof damage or disrepair is merely the tip of the iceberg, and it takes a trained eye to be able to determine the full extent of the damage, as well as any repairs that need to be undertaken in order to thoroughly address the issue. When it comes to retiling your roof, opting for professional roof repairs is undoubtedly the best choice.

Re-bedding and re-pointing

Re-bedding and re-pointing a roof is not something that should be undertaken by an amateur at all. These tasks require special tools, specialist knowledge, and a good deal of patience. Since DIY re-bedding and DIY re-pointing can spell disaster for your roof, and expensive disaster at that, qualified roofing professionals should always be consulted for these jobs.

While it’s tempting to take on DIY roof repairs, roof maintenance and repairs are best left to the professionals. The best thing that a homeowner can do for their roof is to keep an eye on it for signs of damage and disrepair, and to arrange for regular professional inspections.

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