If you’re handy and like DIY jobs, you might consider replacing your roof. Some homeowners do this, and a few are successful. However, we don’t recommend replacing your own roof – and that’s not just because we’re a roofing company. Roofing involves more than just stripping off old shingles and nailing down new ones. Re-roofing a home takes skill and knowledge, and if you don’t do it properly, your roof may fail.
Here’s a closer look at the reasons we recommend having roofs installed professionally.
Vents, Insulation, and Flashing, Must Be Installed Carefully
Your roof is not just a shingled surface. It also has vents that allow warm air to escape from the attic. Your roof must be fitted with enough vents to keep it cool in the summer. Those vents also need to be appropriately placed.
Similarly, insulation in the attic helps regulate your home’s temperature. It needs to be correctly installed to limit heat transfer and prevent ice dams from forming on your roof in the winter.
Flashing is metal sheeting that surrounds chimneys, vents, and other roof projections. Flashing prevents leaks, but only if it is installed correctly.
Learning how to install vents, insulation, and flashing takes significant time and the right tools. It’s relatively easy to make a mistake, and that mistake could cause your new roof to fail. A professional will make sure all of these components are installed properly, so they offer maximum protection for your roof.
Walking on the Roof Is Risky
Working on a roof comes with the risk of falls and injuries. Yes, professional roofers do it daily, but they have the training and safety equipment to minimize the risk. Some deteriorating roofs are not strong enough to support your weight, and without experience, you may struggle to tell whether a roof is safe. Hire professionals, and you won’t be putting yourself at risk.
Insurance Companies Rarely Cover DIY Jobs
Before you begin a DIY roof job, check with your homeowner’s insurance company. Many insurers require that licensed professionals install roofs. If you install your own roof and it is damaged, your homeowner’s insurance company may deny the claim.
When considering DIY roof replacement vs. professional roofing replacement, hiring a pro is almost always the better choice. If you are looking for a professional roofer, contact Reliant Roofing in northeast Florida. Our experienced roofers would love to help.