DIY ROOFING OR HIRE A ROOFING CONTRACTOR:
The roofing industry business is expected to reach $20 billion in 2021, according to Market Research. The companies are reporting growth in sales and revenue consistently, and they are becoming innovative day by day. Average consumers re-roof their home once in their residential time. Over 5 million or more new roofs are installed each year. Roofs, on average, last only about half of their designed lifetime, and several roofs may develop leaks.
Extreme weather conditions around the USA are a significant cause of roofing failures. After many quality control measures, roofing leaks are still common and cause a lot of issues for homeowners year-round.
HIGH MAINTENANCE ROOFING MARKET:
Roofing replacements have a significant role, and it covers a large portion of the roofing market, and the roofing contractors industry increased faster than the construction industry itself. There is a reason for this kind of market boom. This market is a niche, high maintenance one and requires intensive training to make experienced personnel.
Thanks to the internet, there are DIY videos filled with instructions for every job in the world. Whether you want to make a human size cake or build an entire home, you will find a DIY video on Youtube for it. Don’t get me wrong. It is a fantastic tool for the benefit of the public, which is helping people try out things that they would never imagine they could do. However, with trial and error comes a great deal of mistakes. The chance of failure is high, and some projects may turn out to be even more precise and detailed than previously imagined.
A CATCH IN REPAIRING THE ROOF YOURSELF:
Roofing is one of those tasks that is not only risky and dangerous but also highly laborious. Home improvement projects without proper training and experience can go incredibly wrong. Whoever has the confidence to do a roofing project should first walk around on the roof and see if they are comfortable doing it and that they are safe. Estimating the cost of tools and equipment is another significant step in determining the feasibility of the project. Every DIY’er knows the complications that follow once a project is started but then not finished, and a professional has to step in and charge a little bit more than initially estimated for the job. In those unfortunate circumstances, there are a lot of lessons to learn. Such as, it is essential to differentiate the doable from the un-doable. Here are some of the pros and cons of DIY roofing.
Effectiveness: Doing it yourself may be very effective if the job is small and a minor repair is all that is needed. Few shingles, minor leaks, missing roofing cement can all be a job that an in-experienced person can complete if they have the right directions and materials. However, during high-demand times, a contractor may have to make the homeowners wait a long time to repair minor issues, and that may cause the problem to prolong and expand. If you have any experience doing it before, then try fixing it yourself. Otherwise, hiring an experienced roofing contractor can save the day.
Less expenditure: In high-demand times, a contractor may charge whatever they may please. In times of urgent needs like a leaking roof, you may find yourself in a crunch of time and need and may spend a lot more than anticipated. In these sorts of situations, a little bit of a DIY attempt can save time and money, especially when there is a chance for the damage to expand during the wait to get a professional in to fix it.
Time: Most projects start with the high spirits and passion of the homeowner and gradually fade away. When a two-day job turns into a week and a half-long project, the cost of time is crucial. Unproductivity that comes with the loss of spirits might cause the problem to expand. We may think that we have saved money by not paying three times to a contractor, but we could be more productive on our jobs to make us actual money while ensuring the work completed is done well professionally.
Energy: You need a lot of energy to fix a roof yourself, and most people don’t have that after a long day at work or doing the daily house chores. So, hiring a professional roofing company can do the job quickly and effectively.
Cost-effectiveness: There is no doubt there is a higher upfront cost of hiring a professional company or contractor to complete a roofing job. In the long run, a professional company will give you a warranty that can be used if there is a future issue. In case of a resale, that warranty will come very handy and provide the buyer confidence in buying the house with a brand new roof installed by a professional. DIY projects do not bring that kind of security and often do not hold up.
Safety: Safety is a significant issue when it comes to DIY projects. Roof work is a notoriously high risk, and one has to account for good weather, proper shoes, backup people on the ground, and ways to handle equipment up on the slope. Professionals have a code of guidelines to follow. The companies train their employees thoroughly to avoid hazardous job conditions. Personal injury and unsafe roof installation can cause future damage to the property or lives. Hiring a roofing contractor would save you from all that trouble.
Potential property damage: Most roofing companies are entirely insured and insure their complete work, including personal belongings. If a replaced roof ends up leaking or causes wear and tear, that insurance will not only cover repairs as well as a replacement but may also cover property damage. Sometimes, DIY projects end up voiding the warranty as they will interfere with the professional services completed. Most homeowners are required to have home insurance unless they have paid off the property mortgage. There is a risk that non-professional work (DIY work) can even void future insurance claims. The company may refuse your damaged claim, and you may have issues financing or selling it in the future.
Roofers are always at risk and have the fourth most dangerous job in America, as proved according to the 2016 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics). This job is a high-risk one, even for a professionally trained individual. Imagine how uncertain and tricky it would be for a layman to attempt this kind of work.
In conclusion, there are pros and cons to doing any DIY project. Smaller projects like flooring, painting, or backyard work are not as dangerous or demanding as roof replacement or repair. I would strongly suggest that inexperienced homeowners give the job to someone who knows what they are doing and will ensure safety, warranty, and quality control while completing the project. There are excellent companies in the USA that provide quality work and have extensive insurance backup. I would choose to hire an insured roofing contractor and has expertise rather than trying something that is bound to fail or cause future issues.