You’ve got the Internet. It feels like it’s wiser to just find a great set of DIY roof repairs instruction and get started fast. While the Internet is undeniably helpful when it comes to personal development, it can skyrocket expenses quickly when you DIY.
Do it yourself is an excellent hobby. However, an Edmonton AB roof is in critical condition while a strong rainstorm or winter is just around the corner requires the help of professionals. True enough, homeowners can fix the roof through DIY. However, it will take so much time due to trial and error to accomplish. In addition, it becomes more expensive because of the added equipment they’ll need to spend for.
Why Can DIY Lose You More Money in the Process?
If you’ve taken a look at some DIY roof repairs instruction examples, you’ve definitely seen the tools and materials for proper repairs. However, as any experienced and well-educated Edmonton AB roofing company will mention, the tools and equipment do not make a roofer. On the other hand, the tools and equipment are still added expense that is similar to paying for professional labor.
But, when you pay for professional work, you pay for experience and solution-adapting mindsets. When you pay for tools, you gain the groundwork for roofing, but not the knowledge. Unfortunately, we only gain knowledge by applying theoretical education (or the online instructions we find) in real life. It takes time to see which routines work and which ones greatly fail.
However, when you pay professionals, you avoid or minimise all this risk without any worries. In fact, you’ll just need to move out of your house for a few hours. In the case of roof replacements, it can be days.
How Do You Save Money Using Professionals?
DIY roof repairs sound great because you get to invest in equipment that upgrades your skill over time. How can that lose you money when you can earn it back after a few storms and consecutive repairs you’ve performed?
Professionals possess equipment that is state-of-the-art and adapted to their safety operating procedures (SOPs). These routines are extremely important because they promote safety and efficiency.
Furthermore, professionals with experience can fearlessly head up a ladder, set, and accomplish their objectives for the day to meet your deadline. Small, local professional roofers with years of experience are invaluable because they will focus only in servicing your roof. They won’t send out multiple teams of varying experience to perform roof repairs.
Lastly, DIY roof repairs mean trial and error. Unfortunately, some activities can damage roof parts in good condition. You don’t have any recourse except to spend for additional materials and your time repairing them. With a contractor, their work is insured. You won’t have any problems if they cause any possible damages.
When Should You DIY Roof Repairs?
DIY roof repairs are excellent learning activities for any homeowner. However, we advise you leave your main home roof problems to professionals. You can still do roof repairs but on less-critical parts of your property such as your shed or garage.
In these areas, you can hone your skills repairing these parts. However, make sure nothing valuable remains inside of them. For example, don’t leave your vehicles inside when you’re repairing the garage roof.
In addition, only do DIY repairs if you can invest in the following high-quality equipment IKO lists below.
Nail Guns and Roofing Hammers or Hatchets
Most roofers will use nail guns for applying shingles and other nailing work. Nail gun safety is a concern, but most roofers find that nail guns are faster than hammers. However, there are still many roofers who prefer to use roofing hammers or hatchets. If you choose to use nail guns, you will still need to have a roofing hammer on hand for other nailing tasks or for when holding a nail gun might be more encumbering than it’s worth.
Hammer Tacker Stapler
Felt underlayment may be installed with staples, or cap nails, depending on your building code requirements. If you use staples, you will need a staple gun. If you’re using air nail guns, it makes sense to also use an air staple gun. There are even 2-in-1 nail and staple guns.
When you install felt underlayment, you also need to add plastic or metal caps that are 1 inch in diameter. These caps prevent water from getting beneath the underlayment in the event of a tear.
If you choose to use pneumatic nail guns, you will also need a roofing air compressor to maintain proper pressure in your tools at all times. You may be tempted to purchase a nailer-compressor combo tool that doesn’t need an air compressor. However, these tools don’t maintain pressure long enough to complete a roofing job. Plus, the air cartridges are expensive. Remember that any delay on the job site will cost you in labor time and missed opportunities for more work. Having a compressor on hand at all times is much more convenient. (Continued)
DIY roof repairs have their place. However, if your roof is in a critical condition and about to face problematic weather in the next few days, you’ll definitely need a professional to help you. DDCL is Edmonton AB’s most dependable roofers with more than 10 years of experience in various roof services. Contact us today and we’ll address all your roofing needs quickly!