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DIY Roofing: Dos and Don’ts

Roofing is one of the biggest investments you’ll make in your home. Sometimes homeowners can expect to be able to take care of certain aspects of roof maintenance on their own, but other times a professional with experience is needed. Our roofing experts split the roofing jobs you can probably do yourself and the ones that you should hire a pro to cover for you.

Don’t

Letting anyone inexperienced onto your roof could leave you susceptible to roof damage or shoddy workmanship. It could also open you up to a lawsuit in the event that someone falls off your roof while trying to complete work.

Always reserve the following tasks for a trained roofing professional to complete for you.

Repair a Leak

Repairing a leak can be a simple or difficult task. One of the main characteristics of leaks is that some are so small that you may not be able to see the full extent of the damage they’ve caused with the naked eye. A trained roofing professional will be able to spot roof damage and will know exactly how to determine the extent of the damage caused.

Replace Your Roof

Replacing your roof is also a big job that will end in better results if you leave it to the pros. The first step to replacing a roof is determining whether the roof needs to be replaced to begin with. This includes getting up on your roof and being able to inspect your roof with enough confidence that you can spot potential problems and know exactly what your job will entail.

From there, it’s a matter of knowing how to complete every step in the process--can you carry 50 lbs up a ladder? Have you obtained the correct building permits? Do you know what kind of material you want and how much you need to cover the area you want to cover? Can you accurately estimate the amount of ventilation you’ll need?

All of these steps are necessary for you to completely replace a roof on your own. If you don’t know the answers to even one of those questions, it’s time to call a professional.

Do

Certain roofing tasks can be completed by a homeowner without previous training, but almost all will end with you wanting to call a professional out to double-check the work and ensure that everything is in place.

Locate a Leak

Locating a leak is something you are able to do from inside your attic. Remember that--because of gravity--water flows downhill. Finding your leak could be as simple as tracing the water line from the bottom pitch of your roof back up to the area it stops. You’ve likely found your source here.

Roof Inspection

Sometimes small leaks are difficult to trace back to one area of your roof. Performing a spot roof inspection from the ground is a safe way to check your roof out without ever having to step foot on a ladder.

Using a pair of binoculars, check out the roof of your home to see if there’s any visible damage. If the damage isn’t visible, it’s time to call in the professionals to determine the source of the leak.

Clean Your Gutters

Cleaning out your gutters will ensure water can freely flow off your roof. Clear your gutters of all large items such as clumps of leaves and twigs, and then use a hose to flush your gutters for the finer materials. If your downspout is having issues draining, you could have a clog. Clear the clog with your hose, or use a plumber’s snake if the clog is persistent.


Every homeowner can complete the small tasks required to maintain their roof’s integrity, but it’s important to recognize the jobs you should call a professional to complete.


Bauer Roofing puts honesty and integrity first to bring you the best roofing service you can get. If you’re worried about the shape of your roof or are interested in installing a new roof, contact our team online or by phone at (803) 994-9498.
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