Roof Repair: DIY or Call a Roofing Company?

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You may be thinking about installing a new roof or repairing an existing roof. One of the first questions you’ll come across is which roofing company you will have do the work for you. That is, unless you are considering doing the work yourself. If you are a DIY person there are some points you should consider carefully before you even attempt the project. Listed below are the top points to consider before planning a roofing project. You can make an informed decision on whether it would be better to do the work yourself, or have a professional roofing company handle it for you.

Knowledge and experience

Roofing professionals generally need years of experience. This on-the-job-training produces competent and efficient workers. They learn about all the various roofing materials and tools, safely handling those tools, installing materials according to manufacturer’s specifications, identifying work-related risks, ensuring their own safety as well as the safety of co-workers, and complying with all local building regulations.

Physical demands

Installing or repairing roofs requires a great deal of manual labor. Even more labor is involved if you are tearing off an existing roof before installing the new one. You should be very comfortable going up and down ladders, carrying tools, equipment and materials while using the ladders. You’ll also need good balance for walking on roofs safely, and you’ll need to observe good safety practices while you work.

Mental attitude

You should not approach a roofing job with the attitude of getting the work done as fast as possible. Do not skimp time or hurry to meet some artificial deadline. The best roofing attitude is a determination to do the best possible work, consistent with safe procedures.

Savings or safety?

Without a doubt, you might save some money by doing a roofing project yourself, or with friends. But do you and your crew have the knowledge, the physical stamina, and the right mental approach to do the work safely, correctly, and within your own physical limitations? A do-it-yourself project which goes awry can end up costing you a whole lot more money to do over than the savings you might have realized by doing it on your own.

Yellowhammer Roofing can assist with free roof inspections and professional knowledge. We are willing and able to help homeowners determine the right action for their roof. Contact us today to schedule a free inspection.

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