There’s no denying a certain sense of satisfaction that comes with completing a home project yourself. In many cases, approaching a home improvement project with a do-it-yourself mindset can save you a lot of money. But what about when it comes to your roof? Roof repair and replacement is a complex task, and while you certainly can approach the project as a DIY, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should. There are some questions you need to ask yourself before making the decision to hire professional roofers, like the team at All Weather Roofing in Farmingdale, or take on the task yourself. Specifically, these are questions regarding safety, expense, experience, and the time commitment to get the job done correctly.
DIY vs. Professional Roof Repair
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Professionals are Equipped With Years of Experience
Roof systems, especially high-quality roofs that are meant to last for years and sufficiently protect your home, are complex structures. Professional roofing teams are specifically trained in the process and understand all of the components that go into installing or repairing a quality roof. They have years of experience putting that knowledge into practice on hundreds of homes. Additionally, professional roofers are familiar with the current roofing industry standards and local building codes that are in place — details that the average do-it-yourselfer may not know. Essentially, a lot more goes into replacing or repairing a roof than ripping off old shingles and installing new ones. Professionals are trained to spot problems that could easily go unnoticed by inexperienced eyes.
Understanding Liability and Insurance
When you trust a team of professional roofers like All Weather Roofing, you gain a very distinct advantage that isn’t available when you attempt to fix or replace your own roof — the protection of their insurance. It is very unlikely that your own home insurance will cover any damages that occur while attempting to work on your roof without the proper knowledge or skillset. In fact, it’s likely that your insurance will argue that you were negligent by not hiring a professional roofer, leaving you to foot the bill for everything.
Similarly, if your roof was damaged by a storm and your home insurance has agreed to cover the cost of repairs, you could attempt to use that payout to repair your own roof. However, laws regarding this vary by location, and if you accidentally cause any further damage, your insurance may deny any further claim on your roof, again claiming negligence and leaving you to pay for repairs yourself.
Roofing Companies Come With Warranties
There are two specific types of warranties that you can take advantage of when trusting professional roofers to handle repairs. The first limited warranty usually comes from the roofing service and covers labor, and the second comes from the manufacturer of the roofing products that are being installed. When you attempt to repair your roof yourself, you don’t have the advantage of relying on an installer’s warranty to fix any problems that arise. Similarly, most manufacturers won’t hold to their warranty when their products are not properly installed according to specific codes and regulations. What’s worse, some professional roofers may be reluctant to offer a full warranty when repairing any of the damage that occurred during a DIY project, arguing that any additional problems are the result of the damage you caused and not as a result of their work.
High Financial Cost
The motivation behind most DIY projects is the incentive to save some money. While this is often true, when it comes to roofing, it’s a fairly unrealistic expectation. In fact, trying to fix or replace your roof on your own could end up costing you significantly more compared to paying a professional team.
Purchasing your own materials for a roofing job is tricky. It’s easy to order the wrong materials, the incorrect amount of materials, or be forced to buy more materials than you actually need since most roofing materials are sold in large quantities. Additionally, the specialized tools that roofers use to perform their jobs quickly are expensive to rent, much less to buy outright. Some determined DIY roofers might seek to avoid this expense by simply not using the right equipment, putting themselves unnecessarily in harm’s way.
Getting the Job Done Quickly
Time is a significant factor when it comes to roof repairs or replacements. Most residential roofs can be completely replaced in less than two days, minimizing your home’s internal roof structures’ exposure to the elements. Simply put, it’s not a good idea to get halfway through a roofing project only to leave your roof unprotected until the next weekend when you have the time to complete the task.
Protect Your Health and Safety
Even with all of the training and safety equipment in place for roofers, accidents still happen. In 2019, over 100 professional roofers died after falling from rooftops, and another 20,000+ suffered from non-fatal injuries. Using roofing equipment is another safety factor — did you know that there are over 30,000 emergency room visits each year due to nail gun injuries? It is simply not worth the risk to your own personal health and safety to undertake a big roofing project — these professional roofers suffered these accidents even though they were properly trained in the best safety practices.
Hire Professional Roofers in New Jersey
While it’s always commendable to try to find ways to save money, there are instances where the risk outweighs the reward. Proper roof repair and replacement are some of those instances. Go with a professional roofing team that you can trust to get the job done right. Contact All Weather Roofing today to set up your assessment and get a quote today!