Roof Repair: DIY or Hire a Contractor?

IIt happens to most every homeowner at some point, either a storm or other external force has damaged your roof. Once you notice it’s damaged you must ask yourself, should I try to fix it myself or hire a professional? The correct answer in most cases is to hire a professional, because honestly, the roof is an area of your home that is dangerous and is something you want done right as even missing the smallest problem can result in disaster and much higher costs.

Minor Repairs

If your roof is structurally sound and it appears only minor repairs are needed, you may be able to repair it yourself. Keep in mind though that even the smallest looking problems may be hiding larger issues and knowing what to look for is imperative to repair it successfully. Educate yourself on roofing and repairs by doing research before you tackle it yourself. If you have any doubts, hiring a professional roofing contractor is your best bet. Roofing contractors are experts in their field and will know exactly how to repair it properly without risking making the problem worse.

Major Damage and Leaks

While there may be times where you may be able to fix a leaky roof on your own, these are few and far between. Generally, a leaking roof is indicative of of possible structural damage and you really need a professional contractor that knows what they are doing to track down the problem at it’s source and repair it. Deciding to hire a professional when your roof is leaking can be a difficult decision as you may know how to stop the leak you find but that doesn’t mean you can actually fix the problem that caused it.

Throwing a “band-aid” on a leak to stop it by using a homegrown method can end up causing much more damage in the long run because the source of the leak will still be there. Stopping a leak at the spot you found it will probably just redirect the water to another area of your home, and you may not notice it for weeks or even months as the leak worsens and causes more damage. The most common issue is the water ends up being absorbed by your insulation. After a while, especially if the leak isn’t apparent, you may end up having to replace the entire roof and insulation if the problem wasn’t fixed correctly the first time.

Bottom line is, the appearance of saving money by doing it yourself may be an attractive option but in many cases, this decision can cost much more in the end due to the fact that roofing systems are much more complicated then they appear.

When faced with this decision, do yourself a favor and call Atlanta Roofing Specialists for a FREE roof inspection. Consider your options and get the information you need to make an informed decision. Your roof is arguably the most important part of your home and when something goes wrong you want to have it repaired quickly and correctly!

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