How often have you hired a professional for home improvement projects but thought, “I could do that myself!” We’ve all been there.
We see something that needs to be done and thinks to ourselves, “Pphffft! I can do that.” And sometimes we can! But there are also a lot of times when we really shouldn’t try to tackle a project ourselves. Take roof restoration, for example.
Roofs are a tricky business, and roof restoration is even trickier. It is always recommended to hire a professional roofing contractor to handle any roofing needs you have.
We understand you might be thinking, “I can handle roof restoration myself! It’ll be a piece of cake!” But we’re here to tell you that roof restoration is not a DIY project.
Many things can go wrong during a roof restoration, and we don’t want you to be the one making any of these mistakes. Here are the five most common DIY roof restoration mistakes.
Mistake #01: Not Inspecting the Roof First
This is probably one common mistake people make when tackling roof restoration themselves. They assume that since tiles are missing, all they need to do is replace the tiles, and they’ll be good to go. However, that’s not always the case. Roof restoration is a lot more than just replacing a few missing tiles.
You need to inspect the roof for any other damage the missing tiles might have caused. This includes checking for leaks, cracks, or any other type of damage. If you don’t inspect the roof first, you could make the problem worse.
Mistake #02: Starting Without Cleaning
While cleaning the roof might not seem like an essential part of the roof restoration process, it’s critical. You need to remove all the dirt, debris, and any other build-up on the roof before you start working.
If you don’t clean the roof first, it will be harder to fix any damage that you find.
Mistake #03: Not Using the Right Materials
Many DIY roof restoration projects fail because the wrong materials were used. You don’t have to use over-the-top materials, but you need to make sure that you’re using materials compatible with your roof.
For example, if you have a clay tile roof, you can’t use asphalt shingles. If you use the wrong materials, it will void any warranties on your roof.
Mistake #04: Not Wearing the Right Safety Gear
You might have seen professional roofers wearing hard hats and other safety gear and thought it wasn’t necessary for a DIY project. But roofing can be dangerous, and you should always take precautions.
Wear gloves to protect your hands from sharp edges, wear closed-toe shoes to avoid slipping, and always use a ladder when working on your roof.
Mistake #05: Not Measuring Twice
Professional roofing contractors take every precaution to make sure that they measure twice and cut once. It’s an apparent no-brainer, but it’s easy to make a mistake working with roofing materials.
Before you cut any pieces of metal or asphalt shingle, double-check your measurements. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Phew, was that roofing project a doozy or what?! You saw how many roofing no-no’s there are, so next time you’re thinking about taking on a project like this, hire a professional roofing contractor to do the job for you. From measuring and cutting the materials to installing them properly, they know how to get the job done right – and safely!
Integrity Restoration specializes in roofing restoration services. We service Conroe, TX, and its surrounding areas with quality roofing work that will keep your roof in a tip-top state for years to come.
We follow all the roofing best practices, so you can rest assured that your roof is in good hands.
Get a quote for your roofing needs! We’re here to help you roof with integrity!