Why Roofing is Still Top of the Home DIY List

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The roof is one of the biggest selling points as well as protection points for your home. It’s one of the first things you or any potential buyer will see on arrival and provides the primary weather guard for your most expensive investment.

Repairing or replacing the roof is thus one of the top tips for anyone thinking of adding value to their home. Or for those who want to improve where they live, save on heating, improve insulation or solve a recurring leak. It’s no wonder it’s top of the DIY list.

There are a few things to consider, and a clear plan with exactly what you are going to do is important before you remove a single shingle:-

The current state of the roof

As part of your planning, you must do a full assessment of the current roof. You need to be able to see and assess all supporting beams, drainage, and insulation. Check where it needs replacing or where there are signs of decay.

What needs replacing?

Based on the assessment above, a detailed list of what needs replacing or fixing and what this will entail is the next step.

Is it waterproof?

This is a key performance feature of a good roof, and regardless of how good the finish looks, if water can get through then, it needs redoing. The waterproof nature of the roof will also determine how soon the anticipated repairs need to take place.

Can you add solar while you are at it?

While doing any fixes or repairs on the roof, it is advised to note the potential for solar while up there and performing any structural changes. It can be a cinch to add the required brackets for solar panels or improve guttering for improved rainwater capture.

Don’t forget your roof can encompass more than the tiles but also include the chimney. As weather changes are less predictable, a fully functioning chimney and fireplace are essential. Whether this means checking for leaks, wear on the flashing, or just some seasonal cleaning, it should be part of your DIY roof repair list.

If you do your planning correctly, it is possible to do some of the work yourself, and with the new automatic welding machines available, you will be able to prevent leaks and create a professional seal all on your own.

There are, however, some aspects where you need to ensure that you have a second set of hands or hire a professional contractor. Remember that the roof is also the scene for serious DIY accidents in the USA. Falls from ladders and slips from height can be critical, so ensure you have the required help when and as required.

If you do decide to hire a professional, be sure to do some research about what they specialize in and how other customers have rated them.

Doing it yourself also means that you can take advantage of certain benefits. You can choose the schedule, decide how long it will take, and make sure it’s convenient for yourself and your family. The roof remains top of the DIY list, but unless you plan it thoroughly, it could be more of a headache than you need.