DIY roof replacement vs. professional roofing replacement
The roofs need replacement after a certain amount of time has passed. It might also need replacement after a serious storm as well. There are a number of videos and tutorials available on the internet due to which homeowners think that they can easily carry out roof replacement on their own. In some cases, you can do it on your own. The reason is that the working conditions (work at height) make it a high risk job due to which the rates of professionals increases. Therefore, people prefer to do it themselves. But there are some instances when hiring a contractoris the sensible thing to do. Here we are going to discuss the various reasons and instances when you should hire a roofing contractor and when you can do it on your own.
DIY roof replacement:
There are a number of limitations for DIY roof replacement. One of the top reason is the same as to why professionals charge high rates. And that is the added risk of work at height. Apart from that, you do not have the right tools for the job as well as all the safety equipment like harnesses hard hats at home. Secondly, you should never take the task upon yourself if the whole roof needs replacement. You can carry out partial replacement or if there are small leaks that need to be repaired. The reason is that total roof replacement is not a one man job. It requires a lot of movement as well as time on the roof. Therefore, it presents more risk.
Another reason is that when you are replacing the whole roof, you might not be aware of the whole technicalities involved. That is because the video and tutorials are not detailed enough. They are just an overview of the tasks that are supposed to be done. Therefore, you might overlook something that is crucial. Also if you haven’t hired a roofing contractor, you might do something that compromises the structural integrity because of not being aware of the technical reasons. Therefore, while trying to save some money, you might have to face huge loss instead.
Professional roof replacement:
Hiring a professional roofing contractor is always the best option. The only advantage of doing it yourself is that you will only save some money. There are a number of reasons why the job done by the contractor will be far better as compared to the one you have done yourself. Some of those reasons are as follows.
- The top reason why the roof replacement done by the contractor would be best is because they are professionals. They are well aware of all the technicalities involved. Therefore, the structural integrity of your roof will not be compromised. Apart from that, because they are professionals, they would have all the necessary tools and equipment that is needed for the job.
- Hiring a roofing contractor is also better if the roof has a number of leaks and you are not able to track down all of them. Also in a number of cases, one leak might spread to a number of places on the roof. You will not be able to identify such leaks on your own due to lack of experience and expertise. But a professional contractor can easily identify such leaks.
- All types of roof have a number of layers. Therefore, a person who does not have any experience of roof replacement would not be aware of all the layers. Apart from that, identifying that which part of the roof is damages can also not be done by an inexperienced person. Hence you need to hire a professional for that.
- As explained earlier, the need for replacement of roof might arise after a storm or some other disaster. Therefore, when you call a contractor only for replacing a few loose shingles, he might notice a number of other problems as well. You might not have noticed all those things on your own because of lack of experience.
Therefore, there are a number of advantages for hiring a roofing contractor for proper replacement of roof. But there are a number of instances when you can do it yourself as well. You just need to weigh the pros and cons to reach a decision about what course of action you need to take.