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DIY Roofing Project Gone Wrong? Here's What to Do Now

If you tried to pull off a roofing repair or boldly undertook a new system installation as a DIY project, it is highly possible something can go amiss. When it does, what do you do now? It’s clear once this happens that you’re going to have to spend some more money on professional assistance and likely get a roofing estimate at some point. However, before doing so, here are some steps to take first.

Protect and Cover Compromised Areas

Cover any type of opening or exposures in the roofing with tarps or another suitable, waterproof material. This will keep attics and interior spaces from taking on moisture, which can cause further damage such as mold and mildew. Depending on the severity of the damage and the weather, you might need to move furnishings or protect flooring, as well.

Contact the Roofing Manufacturer and Insurance Company

Most roofing materials manufacturers won’t honor product warranties on self-installations. Somewhere in the fine print there is usually a clause stating such. That being said, there’s no harm in calling and making an inquiry. The same goes with insurers of the structure. They aren’t likely to cover the roof damage, but may recompense indoor losses due to roof damage in certain cases. Again, it never hurts to ask, as you might get lucky.

 

Get a Roofing Estimate from Local Professionals

 

With the aforementioned bases covered, it’s time to call and get a roofing estimate from a local contractor who’s licensed and insured. Some key benefits to calling the experts include the following and more.

 

The job is likely to be done right the first time.

 

Reputable roofing professionals will have certifications and licensing.

 

Roofing pros will offer a workmanship guarantee.

 

Professional installation preserves the integrity of the materials warranty.

 

Yes, a professional roofer will cost you more than a DIY job, but it's money well spent if you want a roof that will last for decades.

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