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Into DIY Roof Repair? Avoid These Common Mistakes

Homeownership is a fun endeavor. It’s exciting to personalize your space, adding interesting touches that fit your unique personality and style. Many Bentonville homeowners enjoy the challenge of fixing up their home with DIY projects, but there are some projects that should be left to the pros. Roof repair is one area that can turn south quickly without the right tools and knowledge to get it right. 

If you’re thinking of embarking on a DIY roof project, call the experts at Shamrock Roofing and Construction before you start. We’ll help guide you on what projects you should tackle yourself and which ones you’d do better with the help of experienced professionals.

Below are some of the most common DIY roof repair mistakes we’ve seen made by area homeowners. 

Failure to Obtain a Permit

Roof repair in Arkansas is a specialized skill set, and the state or your city may require a permit to begin construction. While most local roofers have the necessary paperwork, homeowners often lack awareness of the local housing codes and regulations. Without the proper approvals, you’re at risk for fines, fees, and the ultimate collapse of your project, so make sure you’ve done your research before diving in!

The Wrong Supplies

Choosing the wrong supplies is quite common when it comes to DIY roof repair in Arkansas. To the eye of an inexperienced homeowner, one nail is as good as another, and it can be tempting to buy the cheapest product at the local big-box store. However, the length and style of roofing nails make a huge difference in the look of the final product. To avoid shifting shingles and a choppy finish, consult with a roofing professional to identify the appropriate tools for the job. 

Inaccurate Measurements

When it comes to any home improvement project or renovation, precise measurements are non-negotiable. However, DIYers tend to take shortcuts with their measurements, while an expert roofer will take measurements from all angles, including the eaves, roofing overhang, and slope. Without the right numbers, you run the risk of miscalculating the number and amount of materials you’ll need to complete the job. This adds to the cost of the project, bumping up the budget. It also wastes time, so if you’re measuring something, do it right and don’t cut corners.

Improper Shingle Application

Another common mistake homeowners make on DIY roofing projects is placing new shingles over existing materials. This seems like it makes sense, but a professional roofer will take the time to remove old layers (checking for cracks, dents, and dings along the way) before applying a new layer of shingles. Homeowners who cut corners and fail to remove the old underlayment are more likely to experience unwanted dirt and moisture resulting in roof damage. Unless you want to invest in a total roof replacement for your Arkansas home, it’s best to remove old shingles before adding new ones. 

Nervous About DIY Roofing? Call Shamrock Roofing Instead!

As you can see, there are so many things that can go wrong when you choose the DIY route for your roof replacement in Arkansas. Your roof is such a valuable asset. Give it the attention it deserves by having roofing maintenance or installation performed by professionals who know what they’re doing. Shamrock Roofing and Construction is your team for all your residential roofing needs. Contact us to get scheduled for a free inspection. We’ll take it from there!