Lessons Learned From A Failed Do-It-Yourself Roof Repair Job

A poor job that will cause problems!
A poor job that will cause problems!

No one likes unexpected expenses, especially with their roof. Finding out you have a roof problem can cause a lot of stress. It’s during these times we realize just how important a functional roof is.

When a problem is discovered, many homeowners default to how they can repair it themselves or as cheaply as possible. This is, often, a big mistake.

Roof repairs aren’t as simple as covering up a hole or replacing a few shingles. Quite often the problem that seems obvious is just the tip of the iceberg.  Knowledge and experience comes into play when diagnosing roof problems, too many things can be missed by the untrained eye. Things missed that result in thousands of dollars in avoidable costs.

To help other otherwise skilled do-it-yourself homeowners out there, a homeowner shares his experience attempting to repair his roof when in reality, he just covered it up resulting in years of untreated damage running rampant:

Names have been omitted to protect the innocent.

DIY Roof Repair

Yes that is a piece of plywood, stealthily painted to sort of match the roof and actually screwed to the roof! Apparently a tree trimmer dropped a branch onto the roof, damaging it. When the homeowner noticed it, he thought he’d just patch it with the plywood. Thinking this would solve the problem. it remained there for 2 years! From the surface it didn’t look so bad.


After the roof contractor removed the “patch”, well, you can see for yourself. Rotted shingles, wood, decking, an expensive mess indeed as a large portion of the decking/plywood under the patch and below it had to be replaced.

But wait, there’s more!


While making the “repair”, our hapless homeowner apparently had misstepped and unwittingly cracked a good portion of the edge shingles.


And missed a spot. A relatively small looking hole, but what lies underneath is anything but innocuous.

What does rotted decking from missing shingles or punctures look like?


Similar damage to the prior picture. Notice how wet the plywood is. There’s no patching this, it’s tear it and the planks around it out and replace them. Had the damage been repaired when it occurred, this wouldn’t have been an issue.


These homeowners knew they had a few missing shingles here and there but thought “What is replacing a few missing shingles going to cost?” and let it go for a year. You can see from the picture above, it cost a lot for them. No other damage, just missing shingles.


This is the same roof with only the rotted, dark, water-stained plywood removed, leaving the good plywood in place. All that insulation is ruined and had to be replaced. With such extensive damage, a cleanup team had to come in and spray for black mold in the attic!

These aren’t isolated incidents, this happens more often then it should. Neglecting ones roof can mean the difference between a few hundred in repairs to thousands.

If you notice missing, cracked, or buckled shingles or aren’t sure that DIY repair is holding up, call your local professional roof contractor today! Have your roof inspected once a year and report any damage immediately!

In Metro Atlanta call Atlanta Roofing Specialists at 770-419-2222 for a FREE estimate and don’t fall victim to procrastination! It’s the slowest time of year! Get your repairs done quickly before the fall and winter weather!

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