The Roof is Complex: Time to DIY or Call a Pro?

The roof is arguably the most important aspect of a house as it acts as the home’s shield from Mother Nature, keeps energy bills in check and when in good shape, increases its overall value. As Americans are increasingly spending more time at home, people are finding themselves joining the DIY craze. In fact, Americans spent nearly $420 billion on home improvement projects in 2020. However, while a new coat of paint or a mounting your brand-new TV may feel like an easy task, there is one project that should not be underestimated – your roof. While certain aspects of the roof can be done by an experienced homeowner, there are certainly a few that even the handiest residents will have to call in the professionals for MLM Home Improvement has compiled some of the most common roofing projects along with a guide on which will require a professional’s touch.

Cleaning the Gutters: Gutters are an integral safety system that prevent the buildup of water on our roof and direct it away from the house, preventing dangerous flooding. However, debris can often get stuck in the narrow corridors of a gutter, blocking or bottlenecking water and forcing it to go in different directions. It is important to work with a professional to regularly clear objects from the gutter, especially during Fall, as build up can become a bigger problem.

Conducting a Visual Assessment: During a storm, heavy wind or rain can cause shingle damage and potentially lead to leaks. Therefore, once the weather has cleared, take a stroll around the outside of your home to see if any shingles have fallen to the ground as the first step in an easy assessment of your roof’s condition. Secondly, look at the actual roof itself to see if you can spy any glaring holes and missing or broken shingles.

Any visual damage spotted from the ground is something you should most certainly call in a professional to take a closer look at. Yet, due to the dangerous nature, it is best to leave it up to a trusted and certified local contractor to conduct the inspection. In addition to being safer, the contractor is trained to look for signs that a homeowner might not easily spot.

Additionally, annual roof inspections are not only a good maintenance habit but can help to prevent added costs in the long run.

 

Replacing or Repairing Shingles: Replacing or repairing a missing or faulty shingle can seem like a quick fix. However, roofing professionals are not only trained in how to conduct repairs safely but are experts at repairing problem areas while also identifying any hidden dangers.

For example, a leak caused by damaged shingles or a faulty repair can lead to problems beyond your roof. After all, moisture in your home can cause water damage, but even more importantly, as moisture builds up in your attic, it can cause mold.

Trusted, local contractors, such as those backed by a national manufacturer like Owens Corning, can locate the source of the leak and repair it preventing future damage and growth of harmful mold.

A good defense for your roof is every day, preventative measures such as proper gutter maintenance and regular visual scans to ensure everything is as it should be. However, when it comes to an in-depth analysis, it is best to leave it to a certified contractor like those within the Owens Corning Network, such as MLM, who can get the job done right. Schedule your FREE inspection with us today! 844-MLM-ROOF