DIY Roof Replacement vs. Professional Roof Replacement
With summer nearing and more time to focus on home improvements, most people might lean towards a DIY project versus getting a professional to do the work for you. But when it comes to exterior installation, starting on a big project such as replacing your roof can be easier said than done. Learn about the differences between doing it yourself versus a professional doing the work as a residential roofer and weigh out your options.
DIY Roof Replacement
When you do roof replacement yourself, such as removing old shingles, you need to make sure you get the right materials, get the measurements correctly, collect proper tools and have some handyman skills. Expect to set time aside, rent a dumpster if needed and plan out the project (weather permitting). However, if you do not feel comfortable with either of these or are second-guessing the process, you may want to reconsider. A roof is an essential foundation for any residential project. Though it can be challenging, many choose to DIY residential roofs because it can save a good amount of money since you are cutting labor costs. It is also recommended you are physically able to do the labor no matter how high or low your residential roof is in height. You may need more than two sets of hands to help, but your safety should be your number one priority.
Professional Residential Roofer Contractor
Most people enjoy going the easier route and contacting a professional residential roofer instead. There are many benefits you get with hiring a residential roofer. These include: following proper OSHA and building codes, getting the job done faster (a few days compared to up to two weeks if you were to do it yourself with little experience), trained and experienced for any roof mishaps, finding the best solutions, proper installation especially of shingles and use of high-quality material. Professional residential roofers can inspect the roof beforehand and determine any damages as well as prepare structures/landscapes accordingly, something that might be difficult to do without a residential roofer. Another benefit is a contractor’s ability to get access to good quality material because they purchase directly from manufacturers making the material a low-cost charge.
Weighing Pros and Cons
We discussed the pros and cons of roof replacement with a residential roofer or a DIY option. Remember, all roofing requires maintenance no matter which route you wish to forseek to take. And while you may save money doing it yourself, there is nothing more reassuring than considering a professional residential roofer to get the job done without the stress of unknown factors and risking your safety.