Even More DIY Jobs You Shouldn’t Attempt Yourself

Even More DIY Jobs You Shouldn’t Attempt Yourself

In our previous post, we took a look at home repair jobs that are too risky, too expensive, or too time-consuming to tackle yourself. Turns out, there were too many to list in one blog! Below are even more home repair jobs that are best left to the pros.

Driveway Repaving

Driveway repaving can be a difficult home project for a DIYer, because the surface must be perfectly level, or you’ll end up with a cracked, crumbling driveway. If your driveway already has some cracks or minor damage, you can certainly do some driveway patching yourself. But when it comes time to repave, hire a pro who has the tools and experience to do it right.

Foundation Work

 If your foundation is cracked, crumbling, or in need of some repairs, it’s probably not a good idea to attempt it yourself. Repairing your foundation incorrectly can cause some serious structural issues which will be very costly to fix, if they can be fixed at all. Few repair jobs can compromise the structural integrity of your entire house, but faulty foundation work certainly can! 

Window Installation

On its surface, window replacement seems easy—just pull out the old window, and stick the new one in the old trim and frame. In the case of “pocket” replacement windows, it really is that easy. However, most window replacements require a complete tear-out and replacement of the existing window, trim, and frame. Getting the new windows fit perfectly so that your AC or heat stays inside actually takes a bit of skill. In our opinion, it just isn’t worth the time and hassle.

Roof Repair

While you may be able to replace missing shingles yourself, a full roof repair should only be attempted by a professional roofer. It’s very easy to get injured doing roof work, and it’s typically a very hot, painstaking job. A professional roofer will have the experience and tools necessary to handle major roof repairs, and will likely be able to finish the job much more quickly.

Major Pest Control

Have squirrels in the attic or termites eating away at your home? If it’s a major infestation, we recommend hiring a pro. A pest professional can determine the cause of your problem, find the specific source, and eliminate it to prevent future infestations. Professionals also know the safe and proper dosages of chemicals to apply and when and where to apply them.

Insulation Removal

Insulation in older homes (1930s to 1960s) may contain asbestos, and disturbing it can release a flood of hazardous fibers into your living space. It’s impossible to indentify asbestos insulation solely by sight; testing is the only way to confirm. If you have any doubts at all about your insulation, it’s best to leave it intact until you can have a professional evaluate it.

Garage Door Repair

Garage door repair is definitely one of the most dangerous home improvement jobs you can attempt yourself. Garage doors weigh up to 400 lbs, and if one falls, it could cause some serious damage. A garage door’s torsion springs are also a significant cause for concern. If loosened improperly, a torsion spring’s tension will cause it to whip around at a speed that can actually be life threatening. If you need a garage door repair or replacement, it is highly recommended that you hire a professional garage door company to do it.

Get Garage Door Repair Services in Apex NC

If you need a garage door repair or replacement, call All American Overhead Garage Door. Our skilled, experienced garage door contractors can fix your door safely and ensure a strong performance for years to come. To schedule a free garage door estimate, call us today.

About the Author:

Leave A Comment