DIY is all the rage these days, but some jobs are better left to the pros. From bathroom remodeling projects and custom cabinetry to plumbing repair and picture framing, you can find how to fix it on the Internet. But can you handle roofing repairs on your own with the use of an Internet video or a book? Or should you leave roofing to the experts?
Roofing is simple in principle. Assemble the materials and tools, set up a ladder, and get to work. Almost any how-to video or handyman’s guidebook can provide you with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.
There’s a lot to consider with a roofing job that makes it more complicated than you’d expect, though. What seems like a simple process can become a head-scratching nightmare quickly. One wrong step or miscalculation can result in serious injury at the worst, or multiple expensive trips back and forth to the building-supply store at the least.
Assess the Situation
To begin with, you need to assess your roofing needs adequately. Missing shingles and tiles are easy to spot on most roofs, but leaking flashing or poorly caulked fixtures are less so. Experienced roofers know what to look for and how to fix it.
Assessing the situation is the first step, and it’s much more involved than it appears. In the past, roofers often threw another layer of shingles on older roofs. How do you know how many layers you have, or whether another layer is even safe?
Then there is the matter of tools. A professional roofing company has all the tools necessary to get the job done right the first time—and they have years of experience evaluating roofs and roofing issues to make sure that the tools they bring are what they need.
Do you have a pneumatic nail gun? Or a boom truck to get all your roofing supplies into position before you get to work? Or do you want to lug each shingle bundle over your shoulder up a 20-foot ladder?
Our professional roofers have it all and work to make sure the job gets done efficiently the first time. Unfortunately, do-it-yourselfers generally don’t have the tools, time, or experience. Amateurs must be prepared to run back and forth to the store for new tools and equipment.
Factoring in Skill Level
The final thing to consider before embarking on a frustrating and costly roofing project on your own is whether you have the expertise to complete it. Roofing seems to be a straightforward and simple job, but there are always complications that appear when you least expect them. Our professionals are trained to deal with every problem a roof can throw at them and get the job done quickly and affordably.
DIY is popular these days. Everyone wants to say that they finished their project on their own with no help from anyone. Don’t let your pride interfere with reality, and let the professionals handle it.