Whether you are building a new home or have an existing one, you need a new roof and are unsure about how to go about having a new one installed. You consider yourself fairly handy and think the job will be straight-forward, but a lot more work goes into re-shingling a roof than you think. Some jobs are better left to professionals and roofing a house is definitely one of them. Below are reasons why you should hire a professional roofing company as opposed to attempting to complete the job yourself.
You are trying to make the decision to shingle the roof yourself so you get on the internet and read instructions and watch videos on how to do it. It looks easy so you decide to do it, but not so fast. The truth of the matter is, you have no knowledge of best practices and safety while installing a roof. Professional roofers have years of experience and know how to shingle roofs properly and safely. Instead of struggling to determine how much materials you need, a professional roofing company knows what they need to get the job done instead of wasting money with too much materials or wasting time going to get more materials because the amount needed was underestimated. Just because you could get the job done does not mean it would be done correctly. Professional roofers are skilled in installing roofs that protect the structural integrity of the home and look aesthetically pleasing as well.
2. Saves time
Re-doing your own roof may save you some money, but it will take a lot of time to complete the job even with some help from a family member or friend. People who are not familiar with roofing will take a significant amount of time to even start the job because they are trying to figure out the best way to tackle the job. Obviously installing a new roof is done best when the weather is good. If you start roofing your house when it is nice and it takes you a few days to do, it may be raining before you get the job done, meaning your roof is exposed to water that could cause rotting if you are not able to cover it from the rain in time. Professional roofers know exactly what they are doing and can complete jobs extremely fast. They are usually able to complete a roofing job in one day, saving you a significant amount of time than if you did the job yourself.
3. Identifies any other issues
If you completed your roof yourself, you would probably experience tunnel vision meaning you would only be focused on installing shingles. This is because you are not skilled and want to make sure you do not make any errors. As a result, you would not be on the look-out for other issues with your roof. Either during the initial inspection or while roofing and the shingles are removed, professional roofers can identify issues with your roof that will need attention such as rotting, soft spots, and damage from pests. This will save you a tremendous amount of time and money in the long run if these issues are identified before installing a new roof and chances are you would not notice them yourself. For those of you interested, the Cherry and Clark Roofing website has more information available.
If you install your own roof and issues such as missing or damaged shingles, leaks, or holes present themselves down the road, that is your problem and you have no recourse. While professional roofers are skilled and effective in installing roofs properly, incidents do happen. The good news is most installs come with a warranty issued by the roofing company and this guarantees they will attend your home if you have any concerns with your new roof. This allows you the peace of mind that your roof is installed correctly and in the off-chance anything goes wrong, someone will fix it promptly.