Thinking about a DIY Roof Repair? Here are 7 Reasons Why You Need to Leave Roofing, Up To The Professionals

Ice on the roof of a commercial building.

Fixing problems with your flat industrial or commercial roof can be expensive, making it tempting to do DIY roofing repairs. Your roof is a complex system, and even re-securing loose metal copings may cause more harm than good without proper knowledge and skills. You may think you’ll save money, but taking on roofing repairs as a non-professional can lead to serious consequences for you and your property.  

Here are 7 reasons why you should leave roof repairs to the professionals:

1.   DIY Roof Repair Can Cost More in the Long-Run   

In the long run, many DIY roofing repairs cost more than working with professional roofers. Why?

  • Diagnosing the problem is said to be 50% of the solution. In our experience, DIY short-term repairs tend to blanket large areas of the roof membrane without care taken to find the actual source of the problem.
  • When DIY roof repairs blindly blanket large swathes of roof area, permanent repairs that are followed by professional roofers will often take longer, cost more and be more complicated.
  • Roofers know and have access to the best-suited materials for each roofing project. Very often DIY repairs will be done with incompatible materials requiring the complete removal and replacement of several layers of membrane and insulation.
  • Professional roofers use high-quality materials that last longer than the less expensive materials DIYers often use.
  • If a DIYer’s repair fails, a small problem may grow over time, requiring additional repair. 

DYI Roof Repair Problems

2.  DIY Roof Repair Will Likely Void Your Manufacturer’s Warranty 

Manufacturer’s warranties will usually become void if you install their product incorrectly and don’t use a licensed professional. As a result, you will have wasted time, effort, and money for materials–and your project will be delayed. Ultimately, you’ll need to hire a professional roofer, incurring additional labour and materials costs. 

3.   Roof Work by DIYers Can Take Longer

Professional roofers have the knowledge, experience, and equipment needed to quickly prep and repair a roof. The same job can take DIYers much longer to complete.  

4.   Your Insurance Company Might Deny Your Claim

In case of damage from a storm or other reason beyond our control, your insurance company may deny your claim if they learn you did a roof repair with your own forces—which they may decide was the reason your roof sustained damage. If you already have insurance and try fixing the roof yourself, the insurance company may even cancel your policy.   

5.   Poor Craftsmanship Among Roofing DIYers is Common

Roofing the right way takes skill. It’s not enough just to be handy and watch videos on YouTube. If you misdiagnose a problem or miss the root issue, you may not fix the problem at all. It may even become worse and cost more to repair. A professional roofer’s well-trained eye will spot underlying issues faster for faster, high-quality results. Elite Roofing has over 65 years of roofing experience in Toronto, and our crews have handled nearly every roofing problem you can imagine.

Professional roofers have the knowledge, experience, and equipment needed to quickly prep and repair a roof. The same job can take DIYers much longer to complete.

6. Faulty Metal Flashing

Metal wall or coping flashing is often pre-painted 26 gauge, corrosive-resistant sheet metal installed at roof parapets, wall upturns and projections, such as knee walls, HVAC units, skylights, and vents, protecting the roof membrane from exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. If a DIY roofer installs metal flashings incorrectly, it can lead to water damage, mold, mildew, and other issues that can result in costly repairs.

7. DIY Roofing Repairs Put Your Safety at Risk

Safety is a big risk of DIY roofing and an important reason to use a roofing professional. Companies like Elite Roofing understand the risks, and we train our crews in the proper use of safety equipment and following established safety protocols. Roofing companies must adhere to strict government safety regulations and likely follow industry guidelines to minimize workplace accidents. DIYers don’t have these requirements, leading to a much higher risk of injuries from falls, slips and trips, weather elements, electrical hazards, and more.

It Pays to Hire Professional Roof Contractors

Every DIYer should know the dangers of roof repairs to workers and property. Be safe and save money in the long run by hiring a professional roofer you can count on. Elite Roofing customers rely on us for our expertise, experience, and trustworthiness. Contact us for high-quality craftsmanship and reliable service in the Greater Toronto area.