DIY Roof Repair vs. Hiring a Professional

A roof replacement can be a big expense, but when it comes to protecting your home, it’s important to have a quality roof. There are many things to consider before deciding to “DIY” any roofing project on your home and when to hire a professional. Repairing or replacing a roofing system does take some know-how and experience along with specialized tools and materials. As a homeowner, it’s not only your say in how or when to repair your roof. Your insurance company might require you to replace your roof or they may not insure you. Here are a few things to consider when deciding on DIY Roof Repairs vs. Hiring a Professional.

Before you start

  • Consider the extent of the repairs. Are you equipped to do a small repair or a complete roof installation if needed? Do you have the proper tools? Can you safely perform the work? Roofing leaks can sometimes be hard to identify. Be sure you have thoroughly evaluated the problem area and understand what the issue is. You may be doing the repair twice, or spending more money to hire a professional to repair the roof.


  • Saving money is the biggest advantage you get with deciding to DIY any project. However, what you pay out in repairs now for material or equipment, could cost you more down the line. Performing your own repairs or replacement can mean an improperly repaired or install of a roofing system. This could fail as soon as a couple of years or even months. Consider the expenses and the value you get when hiring a professional roofing contractor.

Proper equipment

  • Many homeowners do not have proper safety equipment or tools to perform roofing repairs. Take this into consideration not only for your pocket book, but for your health and safety as well. It is important to have the proper safety and roofing equipment to ensure the repair or install is done properly and saves time. If you are working with a budget, be sure to add in any equipment you may need to rent or purchase.


  • DIY-Roofing-SafetySafety should always be a top priority. When doing any sort of roof repairs, maintenance or replacement of a roof it’s important to have proper safety equipment. If you are not properly equipped, you could be putting yourself or others at risk. Consider the height of your house and the pitch of your roof. Lower sloped roofs are easily walkable while using the proper safety harnesses and anchors. Steeper sloped roofs are not walkable and require safety harnesses, toe boards and anchors attached to the roof to secure you to the roof. If you are not comfortable with heights, being outside in the elements or being up on a roof, practice safety first and hire a professional.


  • Having the proper roofing materials is important. Roofing materials and building standards continue to change and it’s important to have a solid understanding of current building codes and options available for roofing materials. Not only does having quality roofing materials assure a better roof, it could also come with a quality warranty. It is important to do a little research into the quality of the roofing materials and warranty options available.

Peace of Mind


  • Knowing your roof is installed or repaired by a roofing professional has its own value. This includes knowing you have a quality installation backed by a warranty. If you cause damage to your shingles while trying to do a repair or improperly install your roofing system, your insurance company may not cover any issues that could happen later on. Get the value of peace of mind and hire MCE for your next roofing project.

In conclusion, it doesn’t hurt to get a quote from a contractor. Most, if not all contractors offer free repair or replacement estimates. This could be a helpful tool in better understanding the extent of your roofing issues and planning the best way to proceed. Here at MCE, we offer free evaluations of your roofing and gutter systems. Give MCE a call at (503) 397-2215 or Fill Out Our Free Roofing Consultation Form to schedule a contact-free roof evaluation.. We are family owned and operated serving Columbia County, the Portland Metro and surrounding areas with over 25 years of experience.


Angie Holcomb
Author: Angie HolcombIn late 1993, one year after their marriage, Angie and Mark Holcomb decided it was time to follow their dream, and the couple set out to launch their own business. One year later, in 1994, Marks Custom Exteriors was established, one loving couple, one new truck and a passion for their vision. 25 years and many roofs later, MCE has grown to become Portland's premier roofing company and one of the only Nationally Recognized Roofing Companies in the State of Oregon as a GAF Master Elite Contractor. They remain committed to building lasting relationships with their customers through outstanding customer service, expert craftsmanship, and professional behavior and appearance among every member of our team.