As a homeowner, you know that necessary repairs often come up at inconvenient times. And sometimes, in order to save costs, you may consider doing your own roof repairs. However, it’s important to thoroughly consider what a repair will take before deciding whether you’d rather do it yourself or hire a contractor.

Project Duration

Considering how long a given repair will take is one of the primary things to think about when deciding whether you want to fix it yourself. If you have some roofing knowledge and necessary equipment and the repair is a minor one, doing it yourself may prove to be a good idea. However, if the project is a lengthy one, you’ll have two things to consider: your available time commitment and your existing expertise. If you have a full-time job and other commitments, it may be difficult to find time to complete the repair. And if you attempt a larger repair without the necessary knowledge, you may end up causing more damage. For an extensive repair, it’s often best to call a contractor.

Framing

This process involves creating the shape and pitch of a roof. Experts say that framing is the longest and most challenging step of the roof building process. And while this is something you can do yourself, it’s not something to do without putting in some thought. You’ll need to know the roof’s existing pitch (or the pitch you want to create) and plan where to place rafters. If you want to frame a roof yourself, it’s also a good idea to draw out a blueprint first. This process requires some knowledge of geometry, as well as some construction knowledge. And while it’s something you can do yourself in some instances, if you have any hesitation, consulting a contractor maybe your best option.

Considering Existing Damage

If your roof damage has resulted in water leaks, you may have more than just fixing the roof to attend to. Roof leaks can very easily result in the growth of black mold in your home, and black mold can lead to very serious health problems. If there’s any possibility of mold growth, it may be worth it to contact a contractor, preferably one with experience in mold removal. This can help ensure that any mold is removed before it becomes a problem. In conclusion, while you can repair your roof yourself, it’s important to seriously consider whether you’re up for the job. If you have the expertise needed and the motivation to see a project through to the end, you might be a good candidate for a DIY repair.

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