DIY vs. PROFESSIONAL? Here are the deets.
*How Much Experience Do You Have?
There are plenty of roofing repairs that are suitable for the typical do-it-yourselfer including fixing loose shingles, sealing a small leak, or replacing a shingle that’s blown off. Before tackling roof replacement, ask yourself honestly how much experience and comfort you really have with roofing.
Roofing isn’t just dangerous; there isn’t much room for error. Improper installation is a leading cause of premature roof failure, which may shave years off the life expectancy of your roof. Incorrect installation of the barrier or shingles—or failing to check the structural integrity of your roof deck before installation—can spell disaster the next time a storm blows through. Without the right experience and knowledge, you may be costing yourself more money in the long run by replacing the roof yourself.
Don’t Overlook the Tear-Off
Roof replacement involves more than just installing new shingles; don’t forget the amount of work that goes into the tear-off. The removal of the old roof often accounts for a large amount of the labor paid towards a professional roof replacement for a reason: it’s time-consuming, labor intensive, and produces a lot of trash that needs to be recycled or thrown away.
After the old roofing material is removed, the roof deck needs to be carefully inspected for damage and repaired or replaced as needed. Installing a new roof system on water-damaged plywood is like renovating your home but neglecting the damaged foundation.
Installing a new roof on existing shingles is possible, but it isn’t usually advised. While it costs less and avoids the tear-off, it adds weight to the roof and potentially hides serious defects in the roof structure. The new layer of shingles also won’t last as long as a brand new roof.
Roofing Is Dangerous
Along with the risks of improper installation and the intense work involved in the tear-off, there’s another important area of DIY roofing to consider: the danger. Roofing is one of the most dangerous jobs, even for professionals. Nearly 40% of all construction-related deaths involve falls, and more than one-third are falls from a roof.
*Proffessional Roof Replacement
It may be a good idea to try basic roof repairs on your own or even replacing your own roof with adequate experience, but hiring a licensed roofing contractor is generally the best and safest way to get a new asphalt shingle roof. Here’s why it’s worth it to hire the professionals.
When you install your own roof, the best warranty coverage you can expect is the one provided by the manufacturer. Unfortunately, shingle manufacturer warranties aren’t as comprehensive as you may think.
When you hire a licensed roofing contractor, you will also benefit from a warranty from the roofing company. This warranty will cover workmanship which means you will be covered if you suffer damages due to improper installation.
Proper Installation Techniques
Your roof is one of your home’s biggest components, protecting your family and belongings from even the harshest elements. As your first line of defense against rain, hail, and wind, you want a roof that’s installed properly and that is ready to deliver 20 years or more of excellent service.
Inspection of Your Roof System
During the tear-off and installation, a licensed roofing contractor will inspect your roof deck and all elements of your roof for signs of damage such as wood rot, water damage, leaks, or previous work that wasn’t done to code. Without experience and training, these problems may not be obvious when you replace your own roof.
Professional roof replacement ensures you get a safe roof that’s up to current building codes and free of potentially serious structural problems.
Don’t take risks with a DIY roof. It’s one of the largest investments you will make in your home and your first line of defense against water damage. By working with Barr Roofing, you are protecting yourself with quality and reliable installation and warranty protection with the peace of mind knowing your roof isn’t hiding hidden damage or mistakes that can come back to bite you later.