Why Roofing Repair Isn't Always A "Simple DIY" Task

When my husband and I purchased our first home, the process was stressful, but we settled on one we liked enough to live in temporarily until we expanded our family. When moving time arrived, we both dreaded the expected stress. We ended up using a different real estate agent than we did the first time, and we made a great decision, because she had a lot of home remodeling knowledge! We were adamant on finally finding our "perfect" home this time. When she showed us homes that lacked features we desired that we would have "nixed" before, she let us know if the feature could be added, and usually it could! We are now in our new home that we had a few small renovations performed on after we bought it, and we love it! I want to help others by sharing some remodeling tips I learned on a blog!

Why Roofing Repair Isn't Always A "Simple DIY" Task

21 August 2018
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


So, some of the shingles on your roof look as though they could use a little repair. Could you do a DIY roof shingle repair? Sure, you could, but shingle repair is not always a "simple DIY" task. In fact, roofing shingles that need repair or replacement are definitely never as simple as it seems. There is always some sort of complication, as you will see in the following examples.

You Pull Back the Shingles to Find Mold

This is one of the most common complications with what would seem to be the simplest of repairs. If you lift up a cracked or curling shingle set only to find mold, you cannot simply pull off the shingle set and hammer down a new set. You have to address the mold. You have to find out how deep into your roof the mold goes, and whether or not you are looking at a partial roof replacement. If the mold situation is really bad, you are going to need a roofing contractor to come and tear off that part of the roof and replace it. That patch job you thought you could DIY suddenly became quite complicated.

You Find Invasive Pests

Roofs collect lichen, moss, and insect pests. If you pull back damaged shingles to replace them only to find wasp nests, cockroaches scurrying away, or something else that should not be taking up residence under the shingles, you will need a pest control expert to address this issue before you continue repairing and installing the shingles. The last thing you want is to hammer new shingles over a wasp nest while trying to avoid getting stung or giving cockroach larvae permission to burrow into your roof by walling them up under the newly installed shingles. When the insect and/or plant and/or microorganisms have been removed, then the shingling project may continue.

You Walk Around the Roof Near the Damaged Shingles Only to Slip and Loosen Them

It should come as no surprise when you walk on a roof near some damaged shingles, slip near the damaged ones, and end up taking several shingles off with a sliding foot! (Roofing contractors know how to walk on a roof without causing more damage.) Additionally, you now have to find a way to climb back up there and fix these shingles along with the already damaged shingles from before. Without knowing exactly how to walk on a roof to avoid disturbing and damaging other shingles, it is better to hire a roofing contractor for the job.

For more information, contact a company like Liberty Exteriors LLC.