Somerset County Roofers: Article About Roofing For Amateurs
Installing a roof is expensive, and a homeowner may be tempted to try out "do it yourself" roof repairs or replacement in an effort to save money. With family and friends helping out, attempting a big roofing job may seem possible. However, there are many drawbacks and risks to consider. Hiring professional Somerset County roofers is generally a better idea for many reasons.
The roof of a single story home may not look very high or seem very steep, but a fall from a single story roof can cause devastating injuries. If a homeowner's friend or family member falls from the roof and is injured, the homeowner is potentially liable and could face a homeowner's insurance claim or even a lawsuit. The importance of safety cannot be overemphasized. A licensed, bonded and insured professional roofing contractor will have safety gear, training and professional experience to work safely on the roof.
The homeowner will also need to have the physical strength and proper tools to do the roofing job safely and correctly. Safely hauling heavy bundles of roofing shingles onto the roof is not an easy job for anyone, including the professionals. Ladders, cutting tools and hammers are just a small part of the required tool list. Being able to use these tools in a coordinated way while balancing on the roof is not easy.
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There is also the risk of dropping the tools off the roof and injuring another person, or the possibility of damaging landscaping.
The roof is the most important structure of the home and is designed to keep moisture away from the infrastructure. It is essential that the roof be strong and waterproof, therefore. A homeowner may feel comfortable cutting and attaching underlayment and shingles, but, when it comes to finishing joints with flashing, critical errors could occur. If any amount of moisture is able to get in through nail holes or small cracks, the roof will need to be repaired or replaced almost immediately. If the roof has leaks or installation errors and the homeowner decides to sell the home, it may not pass inspection or mortgage requirements for the buyers. This expense can be passed to the seller and could end up being more expensive than having the roof professionally installed in the first place.
Roofing a home is a job that the homeowner should trust only to the capable hands of a professional roofing contractor. The risks far outweigh the benefits of a homeowner trying to save money by doing the roofing job him or herself.