Is DIY roofing a good idea? Some DIY projects are hugely satisfying—when you get them right. However, there are projects you should leave to professionals, no matter how easy they look.
Roofing-related projects are a good example of tasks that look easy in a tutorial video. However, unlike gardening jobs or accent walls, getting on the roof could end badly, incur considerable expenses, or require a visit to the emergency room.
Atlanta's top-rated roofing replacement contractors have seen firsthand the impact of roofing mishaps from well-meaning property owners. Here, we share five reasons to avoid it at all costs.
According to CNBC, roofing is the fourth-most dangerous job in the country. At the time of the report, over 2,000 people across the country had sustained non-fatal roofing injuries on a roofing job (96 other injuries proved fatal). Frighteningly, this statistic included trained professionals who arrived with all the right gear for the job!
So, before you embark on your Atlanta roofing project, think twice about the risks involved. Look at your gear—does it come close to what professionals use on the job? If so, will you still feel it was worth it if you end up falling, sustaining a back injury, twisting an ankle, or unexpectedly finding a wasp’s nest or bees?
That "small" problem can quickly get out of hand. Without a firm understanding of how each component contributes toward protecting your home's structural integrity, it's easy to cause more damage during repairs.
Most people attempt roof repairs to save money, but the approach is not as cost-effective as you think. For instance, professional roofing contractors tend to buy roofing materials in bulk or from wholesalers, paying less than an end user in a store. You will also need to consider the hours you put into your roof repair or replacement project to see the true cost of your DIY roofing.
Understandably, the roof is one of the worst places to do haphazard work. Poorly installed shingles reduce your curb appeal and allow for leaks. If you don't want improperly aligned shingles over your Atlanta home’s precious contents, it may be better to leave the job to professionals.
Roofing contractors and roofing companies offer workmanship and material warranties that may provide cover for up to a decade. Unqualified personnel (including yourself) working on your roof can void the warranties. Similarly, you can end up incurring heavy fines for breaking Atlanta's local building codes.
Why brave the risks of doing it yourself? Reach out to a professional roofing company near you that can answer all the recommended questions to ask a roofing contractor.
Douglas Construction proudly offers top-class roofing solutions to homeowners and businesses in Atlanta, GA—ditch DIY roofing and contact us today to schedule an appointment.