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Hiring a professional can be a costly experience. Not to mention time-consuming. A professional roofer will need you to be home to greet and pay them. You need a quicker solution that isn’t going to eat up your whole day. Luckily, there are a few repairs you can do without a professional roofer. Of course, major repairs are going to need a professional’s touch. You can easily tackle simple, maintenance repairs yourself.
The Earlier You Spot It: The Cheaper The Roof Repair Will Be
It may seem scary to climb up onto your roof yourself. If you don’t feel comfortable doing so, or are somehow physically disabled, you shouldn’t attempt to do this. For those of us who do not fall under these categories, a great way to save money is to do your own roof inspections. All it takes is a simple ladder and a little balance. Some houses are short enough or are built differently, to where you don’t need a ladder to get on the roof.
Walk around and inspect your shingles. If there’s something wrong with your roof, it’s likely that there will be physical signs of decay. You may notice a deteriorated looking shingle, or one that’s knocked out of place.
Some forms of roof damage cannot be seen by simply looking at your roof. Leaks, for example, need to be spotted from the interior of your home. A lot of homeowners give up because they looked at their roof instead of their attic and hire a professional. Remember, leak detection costs extra. It’s best to do it yourself.
Are there any dark spots on the walls in your attic? You may need a flashlight to see them. Dark spots can be a sign that moisture is leaking through. You should also look up through your roof to see if there are any spots of light from the outside seeping through. This is a sure sign that you have a leak.
Repairing Shingles Yourself
If your shingle has simply knocked loose, it’s easy to do an amateur repair. All you’ll need is nails and a hammer. Look at a DIY video to see the proper way to re-nail it back onto your roof. Doing this repair might be more difficult if the shingle is damaged. You’ll have to buy a new shingle that match your other ones to replace it.
Holes are difficult to fill. You may need to eventually hire a professional roofer to have this taken care of. For now, you can use spray foam insulation to stop the leak. This will protect your home from the moisture. Having moisture in your home or attic can attract wildlife and cause mold to form.
It’s Okay To Call A Professional
It may be inconvenient, but there are some tasks we simply can’t handle by ourselves. There’s no shame in hiring a professional roofer if the job’s too big. You won’t be able to lift that fallen tree by yourself after the next hurricane! Hire a professional for tasks like these. If there’s a simple shingle missing, you can do it yourself!
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