DIY Roofing Dangers and the Use of Low Quality Roofing Tiles07 June 2021
Dealing with roof problems on your own can be tempting. With the advent of do-it-yourself (DIY) projects that guarantee great results for a bargain, more people are opting for DIY, instead of hiring roofing professionals because they are motivated by the belief that they will save money. But it is exactly this kind of thinking that has gotten hundreds of homeowners into dangerous (and costly) situations; situations that have ended in hospitalization and additional expenses on repairs.
DIY roofing isn’t something that everybody can do and it is important to lead a ton of research before choosing to handle it without anyone else. While a few property owners can do it all alone, most can’t and this results in high costs, harm and different issues.
DIY Roofing Dangers
Falls and Injury
The risk of falling is great when traversing on roofs, particularly for people who are not trained and equipped properly with safety gear. The lack of safety equipment such as portable railings and a harness can increase your chances of getting slipping and falling when traversing from one part of the roof to the other. However, equipping yourself is not enough. Without training, you might not only slip and fall when walking on the roof, but you could also unknowingly cause damage to your roof.
Roof Integrity and Ladder Placement
For people without any knowledge or training on how to mount a roof, it can very difficult to determine which areas are solid enough to step on, without causing damaging to the roof. Professionals, on the other hand, can determine if the underlayment of a roof is structurally sound before performing roof maintenance services. Proper placement of the ladder is also very important, since it too has been known to cause not only roof and gutter damage, but personal injuries when improperly placed and used to mount roofs.
Unprotected Roof Sides and Edges
Roofs with a split-level design have unprotected sides and edges, which can further increase the risk of falling and damage caused by improper placement of ladders against the roof and gutter.
Steep Roof Height
The height of a roof can also increase the risk of injury that is because the higher you go the more dangerous it becomes. Any height that reaches 6 feet or more will require protective equipment to prevent falls.
In addition to this, low quality roofing tiles can also do more harm than good. If you think that saving money upfront would cost less, then you are in the wrong. Low quality tiles would hike up your expenses in the long run because you would end up replacing them whenever they get damaged. Aside from that, you would need to hire a repairman or a roofing contractor, thereby consuming more of your money and time.
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