When you realize that it’s time to replace your home’s roof, you may wonder if you should just do it yourself. It’s pretty easy to find tutorials online to learn how to do anything, and since there’s so many for roofing, it can’t be all that hard right? Heck, maybe you can save some money!
We don’t want to discourage your interest in DIY projects around the home, but we do want to reinforce that this approach works great for many projects, and it’s a disaster for others. When it comes to your roof, you may want to forgo the DIY urge are hire a professional. Here’s why:
You Don’t Save Money When You DIY a Roof
We won’t lie, replacing a roof is a significant investment, and it should not be taken lightly. It’s also not maybe a flashy home improvement thing like replacing your shower with beautiful new tiles or adding new light fixtures. It can be hard to spend that much money for something that more than likely no one will notice.
Here’s the thing, you don’t ever save money when you choose DIY your roofing needs. If you need to replace a few worn or missing shingles is one thing you might be able to do that while you save for a complete roofing renovation. However tearing off the entire roof, that’s a whole other challenge. The main reason why is when you hire a professional roofer they know precisely what they are looking for. They’re experts at identifying not only damage but the best way to fix that damage.
Although you may think that you’re up for the challenge and can handle your roof replacement. What if you fail to notice a small issue that in a few months turns into a bigger one? When you work with a professional roofing contractor, you also receive a warranty which covers you for those issues that might arise after the job is completed. There is no warranty when you go the DIY route.
Speaking of You Warranty
Did you know that roofing material manufacturers often will not guarantee the materials if they haven’t been installed by a professional, licensed roofing contractor? This is because a botched installation will inevitably lead to costly damages, and if you are not adequately trained to install those materials, then the company cannot be expected to cover any issues through a warranty.
If you choose to do a DIY install of your roof, then know you are taking a gamble. You are saying that you are not going to encounter any problems down the road. This means if you need to make more repairs in the future or worse have a full replacement in the future you’ll be in for a serious surprise. If this occurs you will be forced to pay out of pocket for not only the new roof but also other damage done to your home.
Being on a Roof is Dangerous
Installing a roof might look easy, but it is dangerous work. Anytime you go up onto a roof, and you are dealing with heights, sloping surfaces, and power tools. That can be a deadly combination.
Practice does make perfect, and when you hire a professional roofing contractor, they will have the experience needed to be safe. Plus they can they get the job done a lot faster and more than likely looks better.
You May Miss a Serious Problem
You might see a small issue now and think it’s no big deal. But it could mean a serious underlying problem.
If you patch that without addressing what could be happening underneath, you could be setting yourself up from problems. The slightest bit of water leaking over time can spread and lead to mold, rot or possibly structural failure.
5. Nothing is as Good as a Professional Installation
Let’s be honest. You don’t have anything on a team of professional roofing contractors that install roofing materials daily. Although you’ll give it your best try, there is nothing that compares to the knowledge and skill of a professional!
Columbine Roofing is a family-owned-and-operated business with extremely high ethics and standards. It’s our goal to provide you with an exceptional, personalized level of service.
Our roofing company is owned by Colorado natives that have a passion for exceeding expectations and providing this industry with top-notch service, quality workmanship and products. At Columbine Roofing our “standard roof” includes many products that would be considered upgrades through our competitors. Our goal is to be the Best by providing our customers with the Best!