DIY Roofing Mistake #1 – Ignoring safety precautions.
Did you know that roofing is on the top ten list of most dangerous occupations? Statistically, it is even more dangerous than being a police officer or firefighter.
Falls are probably the biggest danger, but certainly not the only one. There are hand tool and power tool hazards. You can easily get cuts, burns and puncture wounds. Eye injuries and back injuries are common.
There are electrical and fire dangers. And if we can’t get in enough trouble on our own, Mother Nature throws her own hazards at us in the form of wind, water, ice, heat and lightning.
It’s great to save a lot of money by fixing your own roof… but it’s not worth life or limb to do so. Don’t even think about getting on your roof until you’ve taken the proper safety precautions.
DIY Roofing Mistake #2 – Poor choice of roofing systems.
Some of the dangerous situations above are inherent in the type of roof you choose. For example metal roofs are notorius for being slippery to walk on. They can be treacherous if there is any moisture on them AT ALL, even a little dew.
Also, keep in mind that various systems have various slope requirements. For example, putting asphalt shingles on a roof with 1½:12 slope is not just against the building code and manufacturers’ installation instructions. It will probably leak all over the place, resulting in premature roof failure.
Some systems that might survive a marginal application fail completely at areas where leaves or ice accumulate.
DIY Roofing Mistake #3 – Incorrect fastener placement.
It is extremely important to get your fasteners in the right place. You may be installing thousands of them and JUST ONE in the wrong area could cost you hundreds of dollars in unnecessary roof repairs.
Can you imagine the problems you could have with dozens in the wrong place? That’s another way that roofs need to be replaced too soon. Do yourself a big favor and take the time to learn where those fasteners go.