DIY Roofing Fails

A lot of homeowners attempt to DIY roofing work because they just think that they can do the work themselves. However, doing repairs to a home roof is a much more complicated challenge than it first seems.

You may be tempted to tackle roofing projects by yourself, but that could be a big mistake. Your roof is one of the most important components of your home, and without the right experience or tools, you could cause serious damage.

 
In this article, we’ll show you some ways you could fail at DIY roofing – and how to avoid them.
 
1.Faulty Shingle Replacement

Some homeowners think that shingles are easy enough to replace, especially if you’re only missing a few here and there. Roofing shingles are custom building trades that require specialized knowledge and expertise. If you’re going to be replacing shingles on your own, then you need to have at least a basic understanding of how shingles are installed. For example, newer roofs require a particular type of roofing material and the type of nail application that is required. Some DIYers fail to account for this and often use too many nails or nails of the wrong type. Worse, some DIYers even lay new shingles over old ones, which can cause leaks or overload the supports that are not rated to hold up the additional weight. This can cause the roof to collapse, potentially causing serious damage to your home and the injury of the homeowner.
 
2.Wrong Material

Not all roofing materials work for all homes. Choosing an appropriate roofing material for your home requires in-depth knowledge about your roof’s structure and the demands of the climate. If you don’t have this knowledge, you may make some important decisions you may regret down the road.
 
3.Overspending

If you’re not careful, you can easily overspend when you’re trying to tackle a home improvement project yourself. Professionals have access to better tools and materials, so it’s often worth it to call in a pro from the start. Plus, you can avoid future expenses by doing the job right the first time.
 
4. Why You Shouldn’t Install New Shingles Over Old Ones

You might think that you can save time and money by installing new shingles over old ones, but this is a mistake that can cost you dearly in the long run.
 
5. The Right Number of Nails in the Right Spot

Another crucial element of roofing that many DIY-ers don’t know about is the importance of using the right number of nails in the right spot. This is usually detailed in the manufacturer’s manual, but it can be confusing for those without roofing experience.
 
6. Roof Leaks

One small mistake, like a missing nail or an incorrectly placed shingle, can cause water to leak through your roof. This is a common problem with DIY roofing projects… it’s a real problem.
 
7. Safety Issues

If the roof is not installed properly, there could be safety issues. Also, without the proper safety equipment and training, there is a high risk of accidents.
 
8. Project Delays

The lack of training and experience, combined with potential safety issues and mistakes, can cause your project to take longer than expected. This can be a problem for DIY-ers who can only work on weekends. Given the potential delays and the high risk of installation errors, DIY roofing is not worth the time, effort or money. When you need a roof replacement, it’s always best to call in a professional. 
 
EBA Roofing Inc. is one of the leading roofing contractors in the area. Call us today or fill out our contact form. We’ll help you make the right decision for your home.