A DIY roofing project can seem tempting as a way to save money. However, there are many unexpected obstacles homeowners face when trying a DIY roofing project rather than hiring a roofing professional.
Why You Should Avoid A DIY Roofing Project
DIY roofing projects are potentially dangerous and often more complex than they initially seem. Setbacks are also common when attempting a DIY job, which can make the project take much longer and cost much more than anticipated.
DIY roofing projects also mean no warranty, so damage caused during the project could become a financial disaster.
1. DIY Roofing Projects Are Dangerous
Roofing projects require working at heights and the use of scaffolding, ladders, etc. If you are not trained and experienced at working at heights, then the project can become incredibly dangerous.
A fall from even a single-story roof could be life-threatening. In addition, most homeowners are not equipped with the necessary safety equipment and tools, which make the risk of a fall much greater and increases the likelihood of severe injury. It is subsequently important to leave roof repairs and replacements to professionals who understand how to complete the job in the safest manner possible.
2. Roofing Is More Complex Than It May Seem
Roof repairs or replacements are more complex than nailing down shingles in vulnerable areas. The process involves a more complex evaluation of your roof’s condition to ensure optimal repairs and avoid miscalculations that could cause damage to your roof or home.
3. Improper Roofing Repair or Installation Can Be Highly Problematic
Your roof plays an integral role in the overall condition of your home. If the roofing project is not completed properly, then your home may be vulnerable to damage from water, wind, etc., and any subsequent damage is less likely to be covered by your homeowner insurance provider if you have completed the roofing project on your own.
4. DIY Roofing Projects Are More Expensive Than They May Seem
One of the primary reasons homeowners decide to attempt a DIY roofing project is to save money. However, the cost of a DIY roofing project is not nearly as affordable as many homeowners anticipate.
This is because the cost of the materials, building equipment, safety equipment, etc., can quickly add up to a high cost, and any setbacks along the way can significantly raise the cost.
Hiring a professional may cost slightly more, but much of the cost is returned to the homeowner if and when they decide to sell their home. A new roof can increase home value by up to 70 percent of the cost of replacement.
5. The Time the Project Takes Is Likely Much Longer Than Anticipated
It typically takes a professional roofing contractor less than a week to complete a roofing project. However, it takes the homeowner much longer on average for DIY projects. This is because they have to learn each step along the way. They also are far more likely to experience setbacks that can prolong the process.
In addition, while a professional contractor spends their workday on the roofing project, homeowners spend their free time on the roof and away from things that are more enjoyable and important, such as spending time with family.
6. You Do Not Have a Warranty for a DIY Roofing Project
Most professional roofing contractors offer warranty coverage for the project. This means if any damage happens to your roof, other parts of your home, or your property, then you are not liable for the associated repair costs. You do not have this benefit with a DIY project, and you may be liable for high repair costs, which insurance may cover if anything were to go wrong.
Reasons To Hire A Professional Contractor For Your Roofing Needs
There are many benefits to hiring a professional roofing contractor. Professional contractors ensure the roofing project is completed efficiently. In most cases, you can have a new roof in less than a week when you choose a roofing professional rather than attempting a DIY project. Other benefits of hiring a professional include:
- Optimal work safety;
- High-quality materials;
- High-quality craftsmanship;
- The utmost professionalism;
- Accountability for their work; and
- Minimal setbacks and fast repairs
Roofing professionals understand how to work efficiently and prevent setbacks. They also use the
highest quality materials to ensure long-term reliability for your roof. Whereas warranties are not an option for DIY roofing projects, most experienced roofing contractors offer warranty coverage and make prompt repairs for any damage they cause at no additional cost.
Speak With Our Roofing Professionals At Adelphia Exteriors
If you have questions about your roofing needs, reach out to our experienced contractors at Adelphia Exteriors today. We are more than happy to answer your questions and help you make informed decisions about your roofing repair or replacement needs.