Do you own an adobe-style house with a clay tile roof? Have some of the tiles been loosened or knocked down by large branches and other storm debris? If you're an avid home improvement hobbyist, you may be thinking about attempting to perform the needed roof repair yourself. Although you may be skilled at other types of repairs, here are some reasons why you should consider hiring a roofing contractor (such as one from A-1 Roofing & Siding) to handle the task:
Avoid damage by walking: If you haven't been trained in how to properly walk on a clay tile roof, it's very easy to accidentally crack the tiles as you walk over them. Although they are unable to avoid it completely, a professional roofer will know how to walk on the roof to minimize possible damage. An experienced roof repair company will also know where to place ladders and scaffolds in order to minimize contact with the roof itself. Some roofing companies may even utilize cherry pickers or similar equipment, in order to avoid contact with the roof itself.
Avoid damage by repair: If only a small section of tiles needs to be repaired, it can be difficult to pull up only the required tiles. If you attempt to perform this roof repair yourself, you could wind up pulling off most of the tiles on your roof before you're able to start replacing them with fresh tiles. A roofing contractor will know which tiles need to be removed and how to remove the least amount of tiles to do the repair. Because clay tiles are so fragile, some of them will inevitably crack and be destroyed during the repair process. Having as few of them removed as possible will save you money because that's fewer possible tiles that will need to be replaced.
Avoid injury: Every year, tens of thousands of people are injured in various ladder-related accidents. Around half of these were caused by carrying things while climbing the ladder, such as you might do when performing a roof repair task. In addition, tile roofs can be extremely slippery, especially if it's been raining lately. Tiles can also crack unexpectedly, causing you to slip and fall off the roof. While it might not kill you, such a fall will most likely lead to a lengthy and expensive hospital stay. Avoid being added to the elevated fall death or injury statistics by hiring someone with more experience to do your roofing for you.