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Why You Shouldn't DIY Your Roof

There’s something deeply satisfying about doing a job yourself. Whether it’s fixing a leaky faucet, or just mowing the grass, we all know the pleasure that comes from looking at a job well done and knowing you’re the one who did it. Particularly when it comes to work around the house, there’s something special about knowing that you’re providing a safe and secure home for your family in more ways than one. Keeping the house in good repair is important, and there is a distinct pleasure you can get from doing that yourself.

But if keeping your family and your home safe is the goal, doing it yourself isn’t always the right choice. Some jobs require resources that you may not have at your disposal, or simply aren’t cost effective to do on your own, and roofing is almost certainly one of them.

 

Expertise

The first thing to consider is that the expertise that’s involved with installing a new roof takes time to gain, and you may not have had that chance. Think about your job. There’s a good chance you’ve been doing it for a while, or at least you’ve been in the same industry. Our crews have put in hours throughout the year training and honing their skills as roofing experts. While you can find instructive guides online or in the library, that doesn’t replace the specialization that comes from professional wisdom. Instruction guides and how to videos are too often generic, and can’t cope with the unique intricacies that come with every roof.

 

Safety

In 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports there were  887 fatal falls for workers. Roofing can be a dangerous job, and that’s for professionals. There’s a good chance you won’t have the practice or the safety equipment that professional roofers benefit from. Best practices are put in place for our teams that insure workers are kept safe, not only from falls, but also from powerful, yet dangerous, equipment, and falling material when you have teams working on a roof.

 

Financial Protection

While you might think you’ll be saving money replacing your roof yourself, there are some significant costs and financial risks you’ll be taking on. First, roof replacement creates a great deal of waste material that must be disposed of. The pieces to the old roof have to be removed and hauled away. Also, as noted above, roofing can be a dangerous practice, and our professional crews operate with liability insurance. This means in the event of accidents, you are protected. But when you do roofing work yourself, you take on that responsibility. Even if you take all the proper precautions, bad things can still happen, and that can get expensive. Finally, when we install a new roof, we offer two different warranties for you to choose from. This protects you in case unexpected events cause damage to your home and roof. If you install a roof yourself, you have no such protection, and may find yourself paying to repair or replace that roof out of your own pocket.   

If you’re still not sure about hiring a professional to install your new roof, give us a call and get a no obligation quote from one of our specialists, and we can explain everything that’s involved with our service. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!