Unfortunately, a homeowner’s expenses don’t end with mortgage payments or utility bills. Because you’re the property owner, there’s no landlord to foot the repair costs when the heater breaks down or if the plumbing gets clogged. It’s no surprise, then, that many people attempt do-it-yourself repairs to save money, even when it comes to their roofs. AOL Real Estate offers a few tips to the brave souls willing to climb their roof to fix it:
Tip No. 1: Don’t go it alone. If you must do roof repairs or projects, do it with a buddy. Not only can the extra pair of hands help with, say, moving large quantities of heavy shingles, but having someone to discuss and work through issues with can be helpful as well. Most importantly, if an accident should happen, there will be someone there to help you.
Tip No. 2: If you must do repairs alone, use a safety system. Install roof brackets before engaging in any serious work up there, or even better, invest in a roofing harness system. According to Family Handy Man, a safety harness and rope tied to something sturdy is the “next best thing to a parachute” and can save your life in the case of a fall.
While replacing a few shingles or patching up a minor leak are things you can do yourself, sometimes you have to swallow your pride and entrust more serious repair work to professionals. If you face any of the scenarios below, don’t hesitate to call experienced Memphis roofing companies like Roof Pro.
You have an asbestos roof
Asbestos used to be a popular roofing material due to its natural insulating ability. However, scientists eventually discovered that it causes a slew of respiratory problems—including the rare cancer Mesothelioma—and was promptly banned by the government in 1991. If you own an older home and have an asbestos roof, only competent roofing companies in Memphis, TN should replace it immediately as they have the training to safely remove it. If you think you may have an asbestos roof, Roof Pro has the experience and the knowledge to be able to test and confirm if you do.
You’re up against time
When you know bad weather is looming on the horizon, you’ll want to make sure that all your roofing issues are resolved before a storm or snowfall comes. While you might think that roof repairs are a quick weekend project, in reality, they rarely are. If you’re inexperienced, even the smallest repairs can take days to comoplete and you might even damage your roof in the process—and then you will truly need to call in professional roofers.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Making Roof Repairs Yourself? Careful, Or This Could Happen, AOL Real Estate, May 29, 2013)