DIY Roofing vs Hiring a Professional

Do It Yourself -

Pros: 

  1. If it is a simple fix, such as applying some sealant over a small leak, doing it yourself can be quicker than trying to schedule a professional to check out the issue.
  2. If you built your own home or recently replaced your roof, you might already have leftover shingles, so you save on product costs.
  3.  You’ll also save the cost of hiring someone.
  4. You have the chance to impress your wife or good-looking neighbor by being so handy.

Cons:

  1. If you don't know what you're doing, you can turn a small problem into a much larger issue - a small leak can turn into a structural issue if it isn't taken care of the correct way.
  2. You could cost yourself a lot of extra money by making small mistakes. For example, purchasing the wrong type of shingle, nailing the shingles incorrectly, or improperly installing flashing. 
  3. It's dangerous! Falling off of a roof has the potential to cost you thousands of dollars in medical bills, or even your life! 
  4. Your have the chance to embarrass yourself in front of your wife or good-looking neighbor when doing it yourself doesn't exactly go the way you expected it to. 

Hiring a Professional - 

Pros: 

  1.  You don’t have to get up on the roof. That saves you a lot just in peace of mind.
  2. When you hire a professional, you know the job’s going to be done right, and done well.
  3. A roofer will also be able to tell you if there’s anything else going on with your roof that you need to know about. Many professionals offer a free inspection so you know exactly what’s happening with your roof, why it needs to be fixed, and how much it will cost.
  4. If you’re replacing your entire roof, hiring a professional usually means there is a manufacturers warranty available, such as the GAF Golden Pledge Lifetime Warranty, if it is installed by a certified professional. This can save you a lot of headaches in the future.
  5. If the roofing company does something wrong, they will be able to fix it for you with the worry of having to pay for it! 
  6. Your wife or good-looking neighbor will look at your perfect new roof and be impressed. 

Cons:

  1.  If it’s a simple task, it might cost more to have a professional do it than to just fix it yourself. The added cost won’t always outweigh the benefits.
  2. There’s also the hassle of making sure you can get a professional out to your home when it’s convenient for you, both when they do the inspection, and later when they come back to finish the repairs.
  3. Finally, if you have a repair you need done right away, you might have to wait to get a trusted professional to do it. 

 

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