Thinking Of Fixing Your Own Roof? 3 Reasons To Leave It To A Professional

Are you a do-it-yourself enthusiast? If so, you probably pride yourself on being able to fix anything around your house, and you enjoy doing it. There are a lot of things you can easily learn to repair or renovate on your own, either through online tutorials, books, or simple trial and error. With practice, you can become a pro at many DIY things. However, there are a few things that are simply better left to the professionals. Roofing is one of them. Here are three reasons why you should never do any DIY on your roof.

1. It's Dangerous to Get Up on Your Roof

Roofing repair isn't like a lot of other types of repairs you may do around your home. It involves getting up on potentially unstable and/or sloped surfaces at a very great height. Even if you get up on your roof in the very best weather conditions (which should be a given), there is still a very real chance of falling off and injuring yourself quite severely.

Carrying the necessary tools up and down your ladder will tire you out quickly if you're not an experienced roofer, making you even more vulnerable to injury. In this instance, it is better to hire a roofing professional, even for small roof repairs. They are used to working at these heights and have the experience to handle it safely. You don't.

2. It Is Harder to Repair a Roof Than It Looks

Roofing is a very fine art in the construction trade. It takes a lot of training, including apprenticeship, to be able to do it correctly. If you haven't had this training, you really don't know what you're doing on your roof.

A repair may look simple, such as changing a broken shingle or patching a leak. It is rarely as simple as it looks. Without the proper training, you could end up causing more damage tot the roof, which will be more expensive to replace than if you'd hired a professional in the first place.

3. Your Area May Require You to Use a Contractor

Do you know how to fix your roof to code? Do you even know what your local code is? Your area probably has a code to which your roof must be repaired. You may even have to pull a permit to get your roof repaired.

Both things require a professional. Doing it yourself may make it difficult to sell your house in the future if the selling agent or buyers find out the roof repairs weren't done to code and completed without getting the proper permits.


There are many things you can fix around your house on your own. Roofing should not be one of them. It is too easy to injure yourself or mess your roof up even more than when you began. Save yourself many potential problems and call a professional when you need your roof to be fixed.