Being one of those “I prefer to do it on my own” guys is ok for some things but not roofing. In every city in the United States there is at least one place where you can go to buy every material under the sun that you might need for your home repair needs. Not the majority, but a large amount of the work that your house needs to have done, can be done by the home owner. Take fixing the shower head, for example. Fixing the shower head is one of those operations that you can watch videos about online and then jump right into the job on your own. The thing about fixing a showerhead is that it is a relatively safe operation and as long as you follow the rules of common sense, one you should be able to finish without bodily harm.
Roofing, on the other hand, is a completely different story. Any time that a person is performing a home construction task which requires you to be more than 20 feet off the ground, it is time to call in the pros. The idea of fixing a small leak or patching up a roof tile that has come lose during a rain or snow storm, can seem simple, however, it rarely is. The average person does not realize the amazing amount of skill and knowledge that it takes to perform even the most basic roof repairs.
What you also may not realize is that many roofing companies use expensive tools, specialized for the roofing industry, which a person who works in another area, will not have. An electrical nail gun, running off a portable generator, is both an expensive and extremely dangerous tool. The cost of renting many of the tools that roofers usually have in their shops is probably much more costly than paying a roofer to come out and do the job for you.
Another smart reason to just leave your roofing problem to a professional roofing contractor is the possibility of causing further damage to your roof, during a self repair. Every year the amount of money that the roofing companies make off people who try and do the jobs by themselves is amazing. The reason behind this high cost of second hand roof repair is probably connected with the increasing accessibility to home repair tools. When a person has a home repair issue, their first thought is to go and see what they have for rent at the local hardware store, instead of contacting a professional home repair representative. The result is predictable; the home owner ends up doing a whole lot more damage then there was to begin with. After losing time and energy, not to mention money, the home owner will then call the proper roofing service. The sad thing is that by the time the owner has decided to have a professional do the job, there is a whole lot of added damage to the original problem. The smart thing to do is call the pros the first time around.