Why You Shouldn’t Inspect Your Own Roof

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The best Fort Worth roofing companies will tell you that the roof on your house should be inspected one to two times per year… however, we all know most homeowners will go years without a proper roof inspection. There are several reasons why. First of all, people don’t know their roof needs an inspection. But more importantly, they’re afraid they’ll have to pay for it.

Thanks to YouTube, we’re living in the DIY era of home improvement and repairs. And while our roofing company in the Fort Worth area admires that “can-do” spirit, the truth is that countless Americans are injured every year going up on a ladder to do their own roof inspection.

Why do we say countless? Because researchers at Columbus Children’s Hospital’s Center for Injury Research and Policy found that the number of ladder-related injuries went up by 50% between 1990 and 2005. That’s 2.1 million people or 136,000 injuries and deaths per year. When location data was available, the researchers found that 97% of these falls, fractures, sprains, and breaks occurred at non-occupational settings, which is another way to say “at home”.

 

 

It can be tempting to save money on a roof in need of repair by inspecting it yourself. We know that after another unpredictable Fort Worth fall and winter, your roof and gutters have likely taken a beating, and how dangerous stepping up that ladder can be.

The truth is, this is the unofficial “falling off ladder season” for emergency rooms all over the country, which will be inundated with DIY roofers trying to save a few bucks on gutter and roof repairs. Remember that when you hire a roofing company in Fort Worth, their workers will be covered by insurance. You falling and hurting yourself will likely not be covered.

Here’s a tip… Don’t risk your health in a misguided attempt to save some money. We are well aware that a roof in need of replacement is a major source of anxiety for homeowners. We also know that the average homeowner will spend 1%-4% of your home’s value on maintenance and repairs each year.

With that said, some jobs are best left to the professionals. If you need help inspecting your roof this season, call HammerHead Roof.

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