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Should I DIY My Next Home Improvement Project, Or Leave It To The Professionals?

Home Improvement, Smith Home Security Blog

When something needs a little fixing around the house, it may feel like all any problem needs is a trip to the home improvement store and a little entrepreneurial spirit. That’s all well and good for replacing things like door handles or a toilet connector, but there are some projects that are truly best left to the experts.

Those who work in the construction industries are well-versed in vital areas such as building codes and have trained for years, often within a specific subset of work.

Just as its best to leave diagnosis to a doctor, there are some projects too complex for the casual DIY-er.

Replacing Windows

When it comes time to look at replacement windows, an expert will be able to assess the existing millwork and determine whether you need a full frame, sash or pocket replacement. A professional will also be able to help you make decisions about what type of glass to install.

A window needs to be installed securely and sealed to prevent weather damage, and poor installation can have lasting effects on energy usage and security.

Considering a window also serves as an exit/entry point to your home, it’s important that you get the best installation possible.

Roofing

The roof is one of the most important parts of a structure, and roofing repair should not be undertaken lightly.

Besides the dangers associated with climbing onto the roof, any mistakes can turn a small patch job into a costly repair. Your roof protects you from the elements, and you want whatever is hanging over your head to be as secure as possible, so look for roof consultants to offer an assessment of the situation.

If your roof has fire, water or wind damage, it may also be unsafe to stay in your home. A consultant will have a greater understanding of the deeper impact damage may have on the overall frame of the building as well as what needs to be done to bring the building back up to code.

Siding

Particularly if dealing with masonry, it’s unlikely the casual homeowner will have the tools necessary to tackle a siding repair project.

A professional can repoint mortar joints to correct damage from weather and time to prevent leakage. Using the wrong kind of mortar in wall repair can result in cracking, and you may wind up having to replace the entire wall.

When dealing with major components of your home like the siding, it’s best to call in an expert.

Entry Doors

There are legal requirements for entry doors, and the last thing you want is a citation for failing to conform to code.

An expert will know the code requirements for your area so that your entry conforms to both safety and energy standards. A professional will also be able to help you choose a door that is secure, attractive and energy-efficient for your home.

While it may be tempting to try major renovations yourself, you could wind up doing more damage in the long run.

The tools alone for these projects can be cost-prohibitive and leave you with something you have little use for after.

A professional knows the field and will be able to ensure that your home repairs are completed according to established standards and will be able to fix it right the first time.

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