Should You Replace Your Own Shingle Roof?
Many of us consider ourselves the “do-it-yourself” types and if there is a way to do something without having to hire someone else, we’re all over it. Naturally, when we are faced with needing our roof shingles replaced we would want to take on that task as well. However, when we look at exactly what is involved, it may not make much sense after all. Knowledge is power, so here are some pros and cons of that DIY roof to help you make a more informed decision.
The Pros to Replacing Your Own Shingle Roof
Naturally, when you are paying a professional roofing contractor to install a new roof you are looking at a crew of men, the equipment and their expertise at installation. Depending on the size of your home and the materials used you could save a substantial amount of money.
Roofing companies may have several jobs they are working on at a time, and their future schedule may be full for quite some time as well. If you do your own work you can start and stop at your convenience and don’t need to work around the roofing company’s schedule.
The Cons of Do-It-Yourself Roofing
The entire process of doing something as “simple” as replacing shingles requires hours of prep.
- Finding the right type, size, and color of shingle as well as other materials and tools needed
- Tearing off of the old roof
- Repairing any leaks
- Loading and unloading hundreds of pounds of new shingles
And keep in mind, that is before you nail in one new shingle.
Most people that undertake a DIY roofing job don’t even consider the potential for serious injury involved. The most obvious injury that occurs during a roofing job is a fall. This fall can be from a ladder, a misstep, tripping over materials on the roof or from slipping on old shingles. Once shingles begin to age and break down – – especially in the harsh Arizona sun – – they lose the “gravel” finish which helps create traction when walking on them. Combine the lack of grit with any moisture or the wrong type of shoe and a fall is all but inevitable. Besides falls there are hidden dangers on the roof as well. Eye injuries from flying debris and nails, serious cuts, electrocution, bites from rodents and insects, and injury from roof collapse are very common. Injuries and accidents are the biggest reason homeowners decide to go with a roofing company in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Mesa they can trust to get the job done safely.
When we think of roofing, we generally think of putting shingles or tile on a roof. Professional roofers make it look easy. IT’S NOT. Roofing is an extremely labor-intensive job that includes repetitive heavy lifting, bending, kneeling, nailing and standing.
The elements can also take a toll on a homeowner doing his or her own roof. The most obvious weather issue in Arizona is the sun, and even in the mild winter months, it can be incredibly harsh. The rain is an unexpected factor many times as well. Rain won’t only keep you from doing your work but you will also have to protect the roof from water damage and unexpected leaks.
There are many items that you will have to purchase in order to install your own roof. Expensive tools, shingles, nails, and underlayment are just the basic items needed for the task. Many tools are not able to be rented and you will never have to use them again.
The amount of your time that will be involved – – especially if you’re taking on the entire project solo – – is going to be astronomical. A typical 2,000 sqft home being done by a four-man professional crew can take an average of 3 days. That’s 3 days x 4 workers x 8 hours = 96 hours! And they are PROFESSIONALS that have the skill to streamline the work.
Most professional roofing companies, as well as shingle manufacturers, include a warranty on their products and installation. If you do any roofing yourself you will not be covered for any improper installation or damage involved.
Looking to Save Time with a Roofing Company?
When you weigh out the possible risks, the time involved and the probability of the work not being done properly, it really makes sense to contact a professional roofing contractor first. At Capstone Roofing, we offer free estimates with a thorough evaluation and no obligation. We are always happy to help answer any questions you may have.
Don’t want to wait? Call us today!
published on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019