If you are a fan of manual activities such as creating, improving, maintaining or repairing in areas such as masonry, carpentry, electrical or specifically a do-it-yourself roofing project to reduce costs, materials and waste, we suggest you think twice before creating false expectations. You may have the enthusiasm, but you may lack the knowledge, experience and proper equipment to get the job done. A do-it-yourself project may cause damage to your home or personal injury, you may not be familiar with your roof, its condition, height, weather changes, or any other hazards you may face. Taking into account this series of considerations we suggest you talk to a professional roofer who will advise you how to install a new roof according to the requirements, the right materials and your budget, in the end you will be more satisfied with the result and save you unnecessary expenses.
Professional Roofing: know the job and have experience
The roofers’ years of experience allow them to move even on slippery roofs with more agility, which helps them perform maneuvers with greater safety and performance. You may not know that the roof underneath the roof is composed of several layers of materials that must be connected to function properly so that rain or hail water is directed away from the roof. Not knowing how to remove old or fallen shingles, nails being exposed, the size and quantity of nails to use as well as the wrong way to install them, these small mistakes can quickly cause a water leak. The ability for these systems to function properly is determined by the manufacturer’s standards and local building codes, and some roofers even obtain certification from a manufacturer, which allows them to offer a wealth of additional skills or knowledge, helping to provide added security, home protection and warranty. Your roof is the most visible exterior part of your home, this should be considered by a professional roofer as part of their ability at the time of installation, so that they emphasize functionality but also curb appeal to make your home look more beautiful.
Roofing DIY : Costs and tools
Few homeowners make a real estimate of the costs and tools at the time of making the DIY roof, thinking that it saves money, if the work is not well done by some small mistake, then hiring a professional roofer to do the job correctly will increase the budget, perhaps not calculate correctly the quantity and quality of the material to be used, all this will generate additional costs and inconvenience. The tools used are expensive whether you buy or rent them, this includes the required safety equipment, as well as training in their use, which will prevent possible damage to yourself and your property. When you explain to the roofer all the options and tastes, he can give you the right advice and the way to reduce costs. All these well oriented choices for your investment will help you conclude that seeking the services of a professional roofer is the best choice to make.
Commitment and risks
When you carry out the desire to perform the DIY roofing on your own without the necessary knowledge and skill, you should take into account that your insurance will not cover the damages, arguing that you by lack of knowledge or some negligence produced the damages, that you did not assume a contract from a professional roofer, and not having a legal recourse to cover it, the repairs will be at your expense. We recommend consulting with an attorney about your insurance coverage, as each state’s policies are somewhat different. Professional roofers have the potential for less damage, and the responsibility to correct any faults or mistakes made, without adding money to your budget, as they usually have insurance protection that covers the damage caused to your roof or property.
Risks associated with safety
According to reviews conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the U.S., the incidence of risk in roofing work, even with the required safety equipment and the necessary training and education are high in both injuries and fatalities, ladders represent one of the greatest fall hazards due to roof heights. When a roof is in need of repair, the risk of falling is greater because it is not known which areas are deteriorated, stepping in the wrong places, the use of inadequate footwear, weight when walking, rotten roof or supports, lack of knowledge of the correct use of safety equipment, all contribute to increase the personal risk. Also the improper use of tools such as drills, nail gun, can cause damage by the pressure exerted on them at the time of use. For all these reasons of safety, responsibility and safe results, you should consider hiring the services of a professional roofer.
Look to your trusted builder for advice, support and a quote to professionally and responsibly solve your problem. If you’re in the market for new roofing in PA, turn to Pittsabana Contracting Services LLC. This local roofing company employs team members who are certified by CertainTeed and committed to delivering premium service on every job, from repairing storm-damaged commercial buildings to fully replacing residential roofs. Call (412) 580-6567 to speak with a friendly staff member to schedule service or visit the website to learn more about how they’ll help you.