Fixing your own roof offers some advantages. It gives you a new perspective on the neighborhood, which can brighten up your day. Learning a new skill might freshen life up. And repairing your own roof gives you the satisfaction of taking the initiative and doing a job yourself.
While there are certainly benefits to doing your own roofing, there are also advantages to having a professional do it instead. It might surprise you, but one of them may be savings in terms of time and money. These may be the very reasons you’re considering doing it yourself.
Consider the following advantages professionals bring to roofing, and see if they don’t also bring you savings in the end.
1. Quality workmanship with Warranty
Repairing the roof correctly using proper roofing & waterproofing materials and manufacturer recommended procedures requires knowledge and experience. Professional roofing contractors usually have their crew trained by manufacturers and follow all the manufacturers’ guidelines in their installations. A reputable roofing contractor usually provide warranty for their work so the homeowner can have the peace of mind that the job is done right.
2. Save Time
There’s nothing more frustrating than having to do a job again and again. This is especially true for a time-consuming job like repairing your roof, where you will find that familiar leak again all too soon if it isn’t properly repaired.
Having a professional take care of the roof instead lets you save in a variety of ways. First, a professional can get a job done right the first time, which means you save time by not spending yours on the same job again and again. More importantly, though, you save yourself from stress. Knowing a job is completely finished allows you to focus on more important things instead of worrying if it’s really taken care of.
Professionals face fewer safety risks as they repair your roof. Experience and proper equipment go a long way toward safety.
In the winter, roofing safety is especially important. Too many accidents happen as people install or remove holiday decorations or fix satellites in cold, icy, or snowy weather. This is a terrible time for an accident to happen.
Unlike most laypeople, professionals have proper safety equipment that helps them handle adverse weather conditions. Their experiences also helps them know how and when to use it. As an added protection, most professionals have insurance and access to Worker’s Compensation benefits. Injuries to them are less likely physically and less painful financially than injuries to you could be.
4. Invest Where You Want To
You already know that doing things right requires the right equipment. But you may not have all the tools necessary to repair your roof satisfactorily. A professional will only have to invest in tools once to complete a number of jobs.
You will probably not be roofing as often as a professional, which means a large investment in roofing tools might not pay off in the long run. In contrast, a roofer has already invested in all the tools her or she needs.
5. Benefit from Connections
Most people know that buying in bulk tends to lower prices. This means that a professional roofer can probably buy materials like shingles at a better rate than you can-unless you want a lot of backup stock for next time.
In addition to bulk discounts, roofers may also have longstanding business relationships which can result in further discounts.
6. Catch Future Problems Early On
Perhaps you know the signs of a termite infestation, but you might not know how to tell if it is ongoing. Or maybe you can identify rotting wood, but you need a specialist to determine if it needs to be replaced or not.
Having an experienced roofer work on hand lets him or her inspect for other damages. He or she might notice growing problems that you would have missed entirely.
Decide for Yourself
Ultimately, you decide whether you can better afford to repair a roof yourself or hire someone else to do it. With the various advantages professionals have, you may well save in the long term by investing in experienced help.