If you live in an area prone to severe weather such as hail and high winds you may get tired of constantly calling on a roofing company to come out and make small repairs. You may start to wonder, can you repair a roof yourself? Well the answer to that is varied but we can ask some more questions to find out if you can repair a roof yourself.
Can You Safely Get on the Roof?
You need to answer this question first before you even prop up a ladder. Certain conditions and roofing materials don’t allow the normal homeowner to climb on their roof. The first thing you want to look at is the pitch or slope of the roof. If your roof is steep sloped it is not recommended to climb on it. Roofers will use harnesses and steps when working on a steep sloped roof.
You also need to be cautious with certain materials. Slate, concrete and clay tiles are very strong but can easily shatter when direct weight is placed on top of them. That’s why we only recommend a certified professional getting up on any type of tiled roof.
What’s the Scale of the Repair?
You need to really ask yourself if you’re competent enough to complete the repair, the last thing you want is to do a lackluster job or even make the situation worse. Most small scale repairs can be completed if you have some level of experience in DIY repair. Some small scale repairs include bald or missing shingles and isolated damage on shingles. There are several online resources that can help you out on making a proper repair. This can also include small leaks coming from damaged or compromised shingles or even repairs around the flashing of the roof.
When completing a repair look at several sources to make sure they all say the same thing. Try to use reputable sources as well, if a website is outdated or doesn’t look very professional than chances are the information might not be either.
If you’re at a loss and not sure of your ability to make the repair don’t fret, just call a reputable roofing contractor to take a look at what you need to do.