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The Risks Of DIY Repairs

Some homeowners mistakenly think that DIY repairs can save them money. However, the truth is DIY repairs almost always end up costing homeowners more in the long run. That’s why DIY repairs just don’t make practical or financial sense. 

If you do decide to repair your roof yourself, there are a few risks you should consider first. Here’s an overview: 


Budget Blowouts 

If underlying roof damage – which is easy to miss – is not fixed immediately, it can affect other parts of your home, turning what should have been straightforward repairs into more complicated and expensive overhauls of your exterior. These extra repairs can, in turn, easily blow the budget for your roof repairs. 

Here’s a tip: to craft a meticulous budget for your roofing project, you can ask your local roofers for free roof estimates, which can give you an idea of the total project costs. 

Delayed Timelines 

DIY roof repairs also take longer to finish than repairs done by a professional shingle roofer. The same goes for home improvement projects. According to a study, half of the 2,000 homeowners surveyed found that DIY home improvement projects took longer than they anticipated. 

Voided Roof Warranties 

There’s also the risk that DIY roof repairs might void your warranty. Manufacturers usually have strict warranty guidelines that require roof installations and modifications to be handled by professional roofers. 

Safety Risks 

Sixteen percent of the respondents in the same survey said that they injured themselves while working on their home improvement projects. Given all these risks, DIY roof repairs are simply not worth the trouble. That’s why, as a general rule, it’s best to let a contractor from a trusted roofing company handle repairs. 

One more thing: don’t forget to vet a prospective roofer before hiring one to make sure the person is qualified for the job. 

Punum Roofing of Houston, Inc., a company with over two decades of experience, offers a wide range of professional roofing services. To get a free estimate, call us at (713) 466-4447, or fill out this form.