Dangerous DIY Jobs: 3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Install Your Own Roof

When your home needs a new roof, you may decide to take on the project yourself. But if you don't have the construction skills or safety training, you might want to hire a roofing contractor, like Bahr Construction Inc., instead. You may end up injuring yourself during the project. Here are three reasons why you shouldn't install your own roof.

You Fall Through the Roof

If your roof leaks water into the home, there might be large holes in its foundation. Unless your roof has missing shingles, you may not notice the holes when you walk along the roof to repair it. There are two things that can cause these dangerous holes: rotten wood and weak spots.

Rotten Wood

Sometimes, rainwater seeps through the sides of loose shingles and creates holes in the wood beneath them. The wood eventually rots, breaks off or disintegrates. In any case, you could easily fall through one of the holes and into the attic, living room or some other room in the house.

Weak Spots

Your roof could also have weak spots along the foundation. These weak areas may be damp from rain and moisture, or dry and brittle from the sun's excessive heat. Because you can't visibly locate the weak spots, you may accidentally step on one and injure your foot or ankle as your leg slides through it.

You could also slip and fall off the roof, as well as not receive medical protection from your homeowners insurance company.

You Slip or Fall Off the Roof and Can't Get Your Medical Bills Paid

If roofing contractors fall or slip off your roof during the project, they typically carry professional liability insurance that covers them and their injuries. Your homeowners insurance should cover their medical expenses as well. However, if you slip or fall off the roof during a DIY project, you may not be so lucky when it comes to getting your medical bills paid.

Here are three reasons why you may end up paying for your own medical bills:

  • You own the home: Traditional homeowners insurance only covers people who don't live in or own your home if they become injured on your property.
  • You don't have extended homeowners insurance: Only extended homeowners insurance coverage, such as accident insurance for homeowners and their families, may cover accidents that occur when you injure yourself on the roof or anywhere else on the property.
  • You put off hiring a professional contractor: If you didn't look for a roofing contractor prior to working on the roof yourself, the insurance company may deny your claim right away. The insurance company could say that you placed yourself at risk for the accident and not pay your medical claim.

The best way to fix your roof or replace it is to hire a roofing contractor in the beginning of the project. It could keep you from coming out-of-pocket for any medical bills you may incur if you slip and fall off the roof.

You Injure Your Hand on Sharp Shingles and Rusty Nails

There are two more things you can face if you work on your roof. You can injure your hand on sharp shingles and rusty nails. Shingles may have sharp edges that can cut, slice or penetrate your skin once you come in contact with them. These skin and hand injuries can let bacteria get inside your blood, which may create a bad infection in your body.

The nails that hold down your roof's foundation or shingles may contain rust on their surfaces, which forms when water damages the surfaces of metal. Rusted nails generally contain a germ called tetanus.

Tetanus can cause a serious infection in your body once it gets inside your bloodstream and spreads. The symptoms may include body spasms and high fevers. You should seek medical care immediately after experiencing symptoms of the infection.

If you want to fix or replace your roof safely, contact a roofing contractor for a detailed inspection of your home. The DIY project can cost you more than just money. It can cost you your health.

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