Why a Roof Repair DIY Is a Bad Idea

Most people would prefer to do home improvement tasks themselves. And you can’t blame them for it—DIYs tend to be much cheaper upfront and with the state of the economy today, hardly anyone would pass up a chance to save money. But a DIY has its advantages and disadvantages.Top 5 Home Repairs You Should Never Do Yourself Image

Take, for instance, the case of roof repairs. You may think that doing the job yourself will mean that you only have to pay for materials and a few basic tools. But as a layman with neither training nor worker’s insurance, you are ill-equipped to do the job properly and safely. Consider this: you may still end up having to pay a professional to redo your work AND have hospital bills to deal with in the unfortunate event of a roofing accident.

A How Stuff Works article includes roof repairs among the Top 5 Home Repairs You Should Never Do Yourself, and with good reason:

Repairing a roof isn’t recommended for a do-it-yourselfer for one reason — it’s easy to fall off of. Repairing a roof shingle or two isn’t the toughest job in the world, but it’s getting up and down and carrying your tools with you that pose the risk of injury or death. It’s also very tiring work, and when you’re tired, you’re more prone to make a mistake. Just a quick slip is all it takes to send you over the edge of a second-story roof.

If you live in a one-story ranch and your slope is less than 20 degrees, you can probably get away with gutter work and minor shingle repair. But these minor fixes still can be dangerous, and you should never attempt any of them when you’re home alone. Aside from the danger involved, roofing work also requires experience to get it right.

Save yourself from potential danger and unnecessary spending by hiring a team of experienced professionals to take care of your Fairfax roofing needs. Mid Atlantic Construction of VA and MD (MAC) is a GAF-certified contractor, which means that their roofing technicians receive continued training from industry experts and have direct access to the best roofing materials available on the market.

MAC’s signature service is their exceptional roof repair, provided at competitive costs. They’ve been serving the community for over ten years, and the many Fairfax VA roofing jobs they’ve done during that time has helped them gain the experience necessary to handle any project you send their way. To get a free estimate on your home improvement project, call MAC today.

(Article Excerpt and Image from Top 5 Home Repairs You Should Never Do Yourself, howstuffworks.com)