Reasons You Should Never Attempt To Patch A Roof Yourself

Posted on: 31 August 2019

If you notice that there is damage to your roof and/or water is seeping through your roof, you may consider buying a roof patching kit and making the repairs to the roof yourself. However, before you do so, you may want to educate yourself on why this is a bad idea. Here are three of the reasons why you should never attempt to patch a roof yourself. 

You Could Injure Yourself

One of the reasons why patch a roof yourself is a bad idea is because you could injure yourself. Climbing and working on a roof is dangerous. If you do not have the right shoes and the right equipment, you can easily slide off of the roof, falling to the ground below you. Roofers have safety equipment that helps to keep them safe while they are doing work on your roof. 

You Can Damage Your Roofing Material

Another reason why you should never attempt to patch a roof yourself is because you can damage your roofing material. Roof patching kits are designed to cover a crack or hole in your roof in a pinch. Most are not designed for specific roofing materials. If you place a patching kit or roof sealing material over something like an asphalt shingle, you can damage that asphalt shingle. This can affect the lifespan of your roof and the ability of the roof to do its job in the future. A roofer knows how to properly repair roof damage based on the type of roofing material on your roof, without damaging any portion of your roof. 

Your Patch Will Not Last Long  

The final reason why you should think twice before repairing your own roof is because your patch will likely not last long. Most patches are designed to be used in emergencies, rather than to be used to repair your roof for the long term. Patches are not as good as removing damaged roofing materials, sealing the damage and then adding new roofing materials to the affected portion of your roof. If you see that your roof is damaged or you have a roof leak, it is important to hire a roofer to make the repair for you. While it may cost more than doing it yourself, you can rest assured that the work will be done properly and that the repair will last.

A roofer will also examine the rest of your roof, finding and repairing other issues that you may be unaware of on your roof.

For more information, contact companies like Par One Construction, Inc.