3 Reasons Not To DIY Your Roof Replacement

Posted on: 6 July 2018

A DIY roof replacement may seem enticing once you've heard a few roofing contractor quotes, but before deciding on that option you need to hear every side of the argument. While you could save money by laying the roof on your own, relying on inexperienced labor can be a mistake.

Whether you need hail damage roof repair or whether the roof is just reaching the end of a long and productive life, here are three reasons not to DIY your roof replacement if you're not a roofing expert.

1. Can reduce resale value

One important thing about a new roof when you're selling a house is the warranty. If there's no transferable warranty, the roof's added value will be much less because the new owners won't have anything to fall back on if the materials or labor were faulty in any way. Even if you do a really awesome job on the roof, not having a guarantee could put potential buyers off.

So if you're thinking of selling the house any time in the next couple of decades, you'll want to hire a qualified contractor so that both the labor and the materials will be guaranteed. This goes for both complete replacements and smaller repairs caused by storm or hail damage.

2. May miss potential problems

An experienced roofer will know to keep a sharp eye out for vulnerable spots and will know which areas of the roof may need special attention. Even if you're great at spotting issues like missing or damaged flashing, an experienced roofer will have a feel for which parts of the roof may need proactive help now in order to prevent problems later.

Spotting potential problems doesn't mean your roofing contractor is just trying to upsell you; he or she may have spotted further damage to the roof, or there may be a roofing component that will need to be replaced soon. You could actually save money by having both repairs done at once rather than waiting for the next failure.

3. Tricky details like flashing technique are critical

Flashing protects the vulnerable edges of your roof and any roof penetrations that could otherwise let water straight through. Some flashing installation is fairly straightforward, but there's also kick-out flashing and stepped flashing that can be slightly more complicated. Then there's chimney flashing, which has two parts and has to be connected exactly right in order to work. If you don't have the training to install each type of flashing correctly, you could find yourself with a lot of roof leaks a few days later.

These three reasons demonstrate just a few of the reasons why it's critical to hire a good, reputable, and qualified contractor for essentials such as roof installation.