If you are a dad who likes to take care of things around the house, you may be tempted to try your hand at roofing. After all, it seems like a simple task - just cover the roof with some shingles and you're done, right? Well, not exactly. Roofing is a complex job that should be left to professionals. Here are four reasons why!
Roofing Is A Complex Job That Should Only Be Done By Professionals
You might think this is an easy job - simply replace a tile or slap a patch on a hole. However, there are many factors to consider when roofing, such as the type of roof, the materials needed, and the weather conditions.
While simple jobs, where you can see the hole, may seem straightforward, many jobs have other problems that need to be addressed too. For instance, that tree that fell on your roof and damaged some tiles may have also caused other shingles to shift.
These are all things a quality roofing contractor would know how to look for and ultimately fix properly.
Roofing Can Be Dangerous If Not Done Properly
There are many potential hazards involved in roofing, such as falls and electrocution. While nobody wants to be injured, having a properly trained and insured contractor do the work means you won't have to risk your own health. After all, no matter how good your health insurance coverage is ... it's going to hurt pretty bad if you fall off the roof because you trip. That means you won't be able to spend time with your kids enjoying summer evenings since you'll be recuperating inside or at the hospital instead.
Chances Are You Don't Have The Right Tools To Do The Job
You might be able to get by with a few tools around the house but most likely you don't have everything you need to do the job right. That means either making a lot of trips to the hardware store or using whatever you can find around the house which probably isn't going to work as well as the proper tools.
Roofing Is A Time-consuming Job
It can take several days or even weeks to complete a roof properly. Trying to do it yourself could mean taking away from time you could be spending with your family or doing other things around the house.
Being Up On The Roof In The Hot Sun Is Pretty Uncomfortable
Let's face it - roofing is not a fun job. It can be hot, dirty, and uncomfortable. You might not think it is that bad outside but roof temperatures can be a lot hotter than they are down on the ground. How much hotter? As much as 20 degrees depending on the direction of the roof, time of day, and how sunny it is. Not only that but unlike working around the yard, there's no shade up there so you are completely exposed to the direct rays of the sun.
This Is Your House You Are Fiddling With!
There are some things you can do where even if you completely mess up, the risk is low of actually causing a bigger problem. With roof repair though you have a likelihood of making problems worse or thinking you fixed the leak and then discovering months later that you actually made it worse.
Some Guys May Have The Skills To Fix Their Roof But You Probably Aren't One Of Them!
Just because you are a guy does not mean you have the skills to fix your roof. This is one job where having someone with experience and training is important. After all, would you rather have someone who knows what they are doing or someone who is just guessing?
Even if you do manage to do a decent job at fixing your roof, it's an unpleasant job to do. Wouldn't it be better to just relax and enjoy time with your family while someone else does it? That way you know it will be done properly and you can avoid any stress.