DIY Roof Replacement – Does It Really Save You Money?
DIY roof replacement projects are often framed as exciting and liberating.
It’s a chance to have your roof replaced by your own skills without having to hire a professional roofer, which can in turn save you money. At least, that’s the idea. But do DIY roof replacement projects really save you money?
The truth is that DIY roof replacement projects often come with more risk than anything else, and while you might not be paying for a professional service, you could have to pay in other ways.
Roofing Problems Unseen
Roofers are experts when it comes to spotting problem areas on the roof. They go beyond the surface of the roof, looking at the roof decking, flashing, and so much more. A homeowner might be handy, but they won’t have the years of experience in resolving roofing issues. You might replace your roof without noticing a critical underlying issue, one that could come back to bite you later. Decking issues, mold, mildew, loose flashing and more could all lead to costly repairs later on — and possibly even another roof replacement.
No More Warranty
Typically, roofing materials come with a warranty — 20 years, 50 years, even a lifetime warranty depending on the quality of the roof you buy and the company. But if you choose to perform a DIY roof replacement, that warranty may be void to you. Roofing manufacturers take a risk based on the quality of their product by offering a warranty. Many roofing manufacturers will not back a warranty on a roof that’s not installed by a professional roofer so as to make sure they’re not taking a risk unnecessarily.
Insurance and Liability
Most roofing companies are insured in order to better protect their customers. This means that if something goes wrong on the job, whether property is damaged or someone is injured on the job, the homeowner won’t be held liable. Without that insurance, anything that goes wrong on the job will have to be covered out of your own pocket. Roof replacement can be dangerous, and someone without years of experience might be injured in the process. Not only is this dangerous, but it can also be costly without insurance.
The upfront cost for a DIY roof replacement might be less, but the long-term costs add up. Instead, opt for the security of a professional roofer with financing plans to make the roof replacement more affordable. Contact Houston Roofing today for more information or a free estimate.