Your roof is one of the most important but overlooked systems of your home. It is responsible for protecting your family and valuables from the elements. All year long, it withstands heavy rains, exposure to the sun and other harsh weather conditions. Whether your roof sustains damages due to harsh weather, or it simply begins to deteriorate because of age, getting your roof back to its prime condition is critical to prevent further damage.
When a simple repair is not possible or cost-effective, a total replacement may be the best option. But a roof replacement is not like other simple home repairs. It is a significant project that requires a specific skill set, proper equipment and in-depth knowledge of the process.
Some homeowners, especially those with extensive DIY and home repair experience, may consider taking a roof replacement on as a DIY project instead of hiring the professionals. This is not impossible, but it certainly comes with its own unique set of challenges. In this post, we’ll walk you through the pros and cons of DIY vs professional roofing replacement.
Pros of DIY Roof Replacement
One of the biggest advantages of doing a roof replacement on your own is the money saved on labor. Replacing a roof is a time-consuming job that requires hours of work performed by skilled contractors. If you have the skills and knowledge to do it on your own, you may not have to pay someone else to do it.
Another perk of DIY roof replacement is that it can be done on your schedule and timeline. You do not have to adhere to the work schedule and hours of a professional roofing team.
Cons of DIY Roof Replacement
A DIY replacement will only be successful if you have the extensive knowledge, time, budget and tools to make it happen. Unlike other home repairs where you can watch a few YouTube videos and figure it out, roof replacement requires training and in-depth knowledge. It can also take time, especially if you’re attempting it on your own.
When minor home improvements go wrong, you can leave it for another day or schedule a contractor to come out and help. If you realize you are in over your head on a DIY roof replacement, you don’t have the time to “leave it for another day.” It is very likely that you could make a problem bigger if you don’t do it correctly the first time. You can’t just leave gaping holes in your roof and wait until the professionals can come and fix your mistake.
Roof replacement also requires specific equipment. Unless you have No. 15 (or 30) asphalt-saturated felt underlayment, drip edge, and industrial ladders laying around, you will need to rent or buy these items, which can add significantly to your budget.
If you don’t have the time, skills, equipment or knowledge to do a proper roof replacement, you might be better off leaving to the professionals. You’ll pay for their labor and expertise, but like with any other home repair, you’ll get what you pay for: confidence in a job well done, performed in a timely manner.
Pros of Professional Roof Replacement
Hiring a team of licensed and experienced contractors to replace your roof will take a lot of the work and worry out of your hands. When you work with Homewerx, for instance, one of our professional roof contractors will come out and provide an inspection of your roof so that you know exactly what needs to be done and what to expect. This allows us to put together a game plan for the most effective and affordable repairs.
Another benefit of a professional roof replacement is that your new roof should be covered under warranty. If anything happens with the new roof within a predetermined time frame and is covered under warranty, the professionals will come back out take care of it at no extra cost to you.
A final perk of hiring the experts is that they often have payment plans to make the job more affordable. At Homewerx, we offer flexible payment options to help you get the repairs you need.
Call Homewerx Today
While we’re all about empowering homeowners to learn how to do routine maintenance around their home, repairing and replacing your roof is a whole other ball game. If you are at all hesitant about your ability or knowledge when it comes to roof repair, call Homewerx today. We will send a trained and capable roofer to inspect your roof and work with you to come up with a plan to restore it.