Considering the complexity of a roof and how important it is for your home, it’s no surprise that most people are perfectly happy to have a roofing contractor take care of it for them. This is true whether you’re looking for roofing repair or an entire roof replacement, considering the risks that are involved.
But what are the risks associated with roof repair? Why won’t most people even consider it, and why should people who are handy leave it up to a roofing company? Let’s take a look at some of the reasons you should leave roofing up to the professionals.
The Bodily Danger
When you do something every day, your body and your mind get accustomed to it. For instance, we’re up on roofs every good-weather day, and our feet and our brains work together to improve our balance. (Don’t believe us? Try competing with an Olympian on a balance beam!) The more you do some physical activity, the better your brain can help it adapt to that new task. No offense, but we’re better at walking on roofs than you are…we guarantee it!
While the numbers are a little hard to track, there are between 500 and 2000 people who die falling from roofs each year. Many of those people are in the construction industry, which makes sense because they’re the ones who are up there most often. But homeowners are disproportionately more likely to fall for the reason we mentioned above: they’re not trained on how to properly walk on a roof, and they’re simply not used to doing so. We’ll take the risk when it comes to roof replacement or repair so that you don’t have to.
Of course, death is the worst-case scenario. But dying isn’t the only bad thing that can happen when you’re doing your own roofing. You could simply break a leg, and by “simply” we mean “thousands of dollars in emergency room bills.” Any blow to your head is going to cost you thousands more in MRIs and CT scans. You might have to miss weeks from work, and (this is the worst part) you could experience pain for the rest of your life.
Of course, there’s also the horrible aspect of paralysis. While many people are killed from roof falls each year, you also have to take into account the people who lose all or some of their mobility from falling from a roof. When you think about it, it’s just not worth it to try roof repair on your own.
When you’re out during summer and see a wasp, do you ever wonder where their nest is? Sure, some of them are in trees and others are attached to houses where you can see them and remove them. But there are other wasps nests that you can’t see, whether they’re under an eave or or in a chimney. Once you disturb them, you’re in a lot of trouble, especially if you’re allergic. But even if you’re not allergic, think about where you run to once they start flying around your face. You’re on a roof, so running really isn’t an option! Disturbing any stinging insect when you’re on a roof is just one more way that people end up falling off.
How Much Money Are You Really Saving?
So, you know that you and professional roofers are going to have to pay for shingles. That’s a set cost, though, right? Well, professionals will end up getting a better deal because they’re buying in bulk and have relationships with shingle suppliers. You’ll also need flashing and waterproofing, and it’s the same situation there; we can pass along our materials savings to you.
Sure, you might have an extension ladder, and you most certainly have a utility knife. But think about all of the pieces of equipment that you’ll either have to purchase or rent. You’ll need hard hats, steel-toed shoes (with proper grip for roofing), nail guns, moisture detection tools, scrapers, and dozens of other pieces of equipment that a roofer uses on a daily basis. Oh, and did you forget that you’ll be needing to rent a dumpster for the amount of time it’s going to take you?
In the end, most people find that they’re not really saving all that much money if they choose to handle their new roof on their own. They’re certainly not saving any time. And speaking of which…
It Will Save You Time
Doing your own roofing by yourself might take a week or more. What if it rains during that time? What if you’re injured and can’t get back up on the roof for three weeks? That means that your roof will be exposed to the elements (and you’re still paying for a haul-off you’re not using). Plus there’s all that wasted time. Do you really want to spend all of your free time fixing your roof?
One of the best parts about having a roofing company take care of everything is that we have the manpower to take care of everything quickly. Most roofing jobs can be taken care of in one or two days. (Slate roofs will take longer, obviously, since it’s such a specialized field.) If your significant other or the neighbors aren’t fans of hearing pounding on the roof for a week, call the professionals.
Is the Insurance Going to Let You?
Many replacements we perform on roofs are due to hail damage. When that happens, the roof is usually covered by homeowers insurance. They want the professionals to handle it.
Can’t you just take care of it yourself? Well, your homeowners insurance, the very same homeowners insurance that is paying to replace your roof, is also covering those who are on your property. Why would they pay for you to replace your roof yourself when you’ll be putting yourself and the friends helping you in danger…aspects that could cause them to pay out exponentially more?
Well, there you have it: five good reasons to hire professional roofers to handle your roof repairs instead of taking care of it yourself. There are still three very good reasons to avoid roofing yourself, and we’ll tackle them in the next blog. In the meantime, be sure to contact Bluebird Construction when you need a new roof.