Are you a DIY master with a roofing project on your mind? You may be thinking that you should DIY your roof project to save money but wonder if it is the right choice. The short answer to “Should I DIY my roof?” is no. Now, you may be thinking, “BUT, I DIY all my home projects” or “I watch a lot of home renovation shows.” While some home repairs and tasks can be completed through DIY, roofing isn’t one of them, and here is why.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2017, 107 professional roofers died due to accidents or injury on the job. Even with professional training and proper safety equipment, these roofers were not immune to the risk of working on roofs. As an average homeowner, the chance of sustaining fatal or life-altering injuries is higher than a pro. Is it worth the risk? No.
Tools and Material Costs
You would be shocked at how expensive it will be to rent and buy tools and materials for a DIY roof repair. Just renting a nail gun for a weekend could cost hundreds of dollars! So, not only do you have to rent all the proper equipment but then you have to buy the materials. Roofing materials are sold in large quantities; you can’t just buy three shingles. It doesn’t matter for professional roofing companies because they can use materials over a variety of jobs; however, you will end up with an excess of materials and a higher cost than you anticipated.
You live a busy life; do you really have time to set aside full days to complete a roofing project? Roofing projects are time-intensive and time-sensitive, as you cannot simply walk away and come back later if you don’t have time to finish it. Partially completed roofing projects are exposed to the elements when left unattended, which can lead to more damage.
Most home insurances do not cover damage caused by the homeowner when attempting DIY projects or repairs, citing that the homeowner was negligent. Therefore, if you attempt a DIY project on your roof and cause any kind of damage, the final repairs are going to be an out-of-pocket expense that will likely cost more than getting the task done by professionals in the first place.
Did you know that you are generally covered under two types of warranties when you hire a professional roofer? One from the roofer and one from the roofing manufacturer. By DIYing your own roof, you will not have the warranty from the professional roofer, and you will most likely end up voiding your warranty with the roofing manufacturer.
Roofs are a complex system, which is why professional roofers complete extensive training and certifications for their roofing career. Roofs are made of various layers that have to be connected in a specific way to achieve the ultimate result, a functioning, safe, and sturdy roof. If even one step is done incorrectly, it can put your roof at significant risk of extensive damage. This is one of the times when it is better to “leave it to the pros.”
Hire Lance Roofing
If you want to ensure the safety and efficiency of your roof, home, and yourself, we highly recommend hiring a professional roofing company. If you would like to learn more about Lance Roofing, please feel free to contact us at any time for a quote!