When there are projects that need doing around the house, people often wonder if they should do the work on their own. Doing DIY home maintenance and repairs is a great way to learn new skills, improve old skills, and be proactive about upkeep. The biggest perk is that DIY work has the potential to save you a lot of money.
However, are there any DIY projects you shouldn’t do? Surely, some things are better left to the professionals?
This is the crossroad many homeowners find themselves at when their home needs roof work. Should you attempt DIY roof repairs or replacement?
Keep reading for everything you need to know.
Safety should be your top concern, no matter what type of home improvement project is before you. For this reason, it’s often recommended that homeowners do not attempt a DIY roof replacement or repairs. Roof work safety is essential.
One misstep on the roof could lead to a fall. Depending on how high your roof is, the fall could be fatal. In the best-case scenario, you’re looking at several broken bones.
The Cost of DIY Roof Work
As noted above, DIY roof work has the potential to save you a lot of money. If you’re not hiring roofing contractors to do the work for you, it’s will be far less expensive.
Or will it?
DIY roof repair/replacement means sourcing all the materials privately. You won’t have access to the bulk discounts available to contractors. You might also need to buy/rent the necessary tools and equipment necessary for completing roof work.
Furthermore, when attempting a DIY roof replacement, there’s always a chance that you’ll do something wrong. In this case, you would have to re-do all the work or end up hiring a professional roofer, which will cost you more than if you had just hired a professional in the first place.
Homeowners are always concerned about saving money, and you should be. However, there is something more valuable than money, something you can spend and never get back – time.
If you choose to do a DIY roof replacement or repairs, it means investing countless hours into the project. Most likely, it will take you twice as long as it would a professional.
Why not hire the job out and spend your time doing something more meaningful, like working on your hobbies or spending time with family?
Finally, DIY roof work rarely has the same results as professional roof work. In terms of aesthetics, you might not be able to finish the project to a high degree of craftsmanship.
More importantly, if you don’t know what you’re doing, the lifespan of the work you do will be limited. You could even end up causing more problems. Improperly installed shingles, flashing, and trim can lead to water leaks and water damage.
Do You Need Roof Work Done?
If your house needs some roof work done, you can save money by doing the work yourself. But is it worth it?
Consider the factors listed above before attempting DIY roof repairs or replacement. It may not be a good idea.
And if you’re looking for more home improvement tips, check out some of our other articles before you go. Our blog was created to help homeowners like you improve your home and make good decisions.