Ever wonder if you could skip hiring a roofing company and put a new roof on your home all by yourself? You might be enticed by the thought of saving some money if you installed your own roof. We’ve had this question from homeowners before, so we want to talk further about DIY roof replacement vs. professional roofing replacement.
DIY Roof Replacement vs. Professional Roofing Replacement
Roof parts include wood, nails, adhesives, underlayment, shingles, metal flashing, and ventilation systems. All of these items can be purchased or ordered at your local hardware or roofing supplies store. As well as tools like hammers, pry bars, ladders, knee guards, and dumpsters, you figure you’ll need some. It would also be easier if there were a few helpers (who aren’t afraid of heights).
It would be important to learn how to install a new roof if you have never done it before. Your roof has a big, important job after all…protecting everything that’s inside of it, including you and your family. You would need to watch several instructional videos while also learning about all the roofing materials you’ll be using, how to choose the right ones for your home, and proper installation techniques. There’s always the big question of what you might find once you start taking off the current shingles…and then how to remedy that by yourself.
Roof Installation Process
Installing a new roof is a large job for any size of home. If you think about it, it can take a team of seasoned roofing installers a couple of days to a week to complete a roof installation, depending on the size of the crew and the roof itself. There are several steps beyond the tearing off and replacing of new shingles, too. Tasks like:
Preparing your roof installation timeline, including delivery of materials, weather, and the need for tarps.
Properly assessing the current state of your roof and any current weak spots of pitfalls. If you intend to complete the re-roof job yourself, it’s not very likely you have the trained eye and knowledge that’s needed to adequately assess your roof’s condition.
Calculating the correct amount of each type of roofing material is another job that’s very difficult for someone who has never replaced a roof before. Too much of a roofing material is wasted money, and too little can majorly delay the completion of your roof replacement project.
Do you need a permit or HOA approval? If so, do you know how to get those? You’ll be responsible for following neighborhood HOA rules or local building codes.
The tear down process is often when problems are discovered, or the full extent of known damage is uncovered. Do you have the knowledge and skills required to determine what and how to correct things like damaged and weakened underlayment? Can you identify signs of poor ventilation and then correct them?
How Much Will I Save if I Replace my Roof Myself?
Installing a new roof on your home is a big job that requires extensive knowledge and experience about many factors: building codes, installation procedures, product knowledge, correct measurements, placement, material quality, timing, assessing and fixing damage, and so much more. People who work in the roofing industry know this is a huge project that takes many hours to complete.
Putting on your own roof will save you money, right? We just don’t think so. Plus, a novice roof installation could end up costing much, much more money in the long run due to poor installation, incorrect materials used, and not correctly identifying and remedying leaks.
Honestly, when you compare a DIY roof replacement vs. professional roofing replacement, it’s clear that it’s best to have a professional roofing team install your new roof. Look for an Singapore roofing company that is trained, knowledgeable, and competent. A roofing company that has been around for a long time can prove their stability within their community.
Ask around for referrals and do some research before you choose someone you can trust. We think you’ll be very glad you did when you are sitting inside your safe, dry home, enjoying a movie on a chilly, wet night instead of crossing your fingers you don’t notice any more water spots crop up on your ceiling after the storm passes through.