Roofing replacements are a significant investment, which is why some homeowners try to install the roof themselves to cut down on roofing costs. However, DIY roofing almost always ends up costing homeowners more in the long run. Without professional training or experience, first-time roofing DIYers often make installation errors, after all. Avoiding DIY roofing means avoiding these errors.
These errors include:
Installing New Shingles on Top of Worn Shingles
Professional roofing contractors know old shingles should be torn off before new ones can be installed. However, to cut costs and save time, some DIYers might try to install new shingles on top of the old shingles. Yes, a roof overlay is technically possible, but it does nothing to resolve any underlying roofing issues, which, soon or later, will start to reemerge. Not to mention the added weight load from the new shingles could damage your home’s structure, resulting in more costs.
Using Too Few or Too Many Nails in the Wrong Spot
There are a certain number of nails that have to be driven into the correct spot on the shingle. Details such as these can be found in the shingle manufacturer’s manual, but the instructions can get too technical at times.
Just one missing nail or incorrectly placed shingle can leave a gap that can allow rainwater to infiltrate your roof. That’s why DIY roofing usually results in leaks.
Without the proper equipment or training, the risk of roofing accidents increases.
Incurring Project Delays
Roofing DIYers’ lack of training and experience, combined with potential safety issues and installation errors, can throw the project schedule way off track. Project delays are especially problematic for roofing DIYers because they can only do roofing work on weekends.
Given all of these disadvantages, DIY roofing simply isn’t the time, effort or money. If you need a roof replacement done, it’s best to let professional roofers from one of your local roofing companies handle all the work,
One more thing: don’t forget to vet a contractor before hiring them. Here’s a vetting tip: the number of years a contractor has been working in the industry should give you a good idea of their level of expertise.
Kroll Construction, a company with nearly six decades of experience, offers a wide range of professional exterior services, including roofing services. To schedule a consultation, call us at (888) 338-6340 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Michigan, as well as the surrounding communities.