Pros and Cons of Roofing Yourself


Repairing your house entails spending both money and time and one common part of your house that needs repair from time to time is the roof. 

Roof repair is both expensive and not to mention -- time-consuming. However, some homeowners have already tried doing their own roofs and some even made changes such as putting roof access to their homes. You’re probably thinking now, “I’m pretty sure I can do my roof too.” Right? Well, think again.

Doing one’s own roof isn’t necessarily something that everyone can do and it is necessary to conduct a lot of research before deciding to tackle it by yourself. While some homeowners can really do it on their own, most cannot and this results in high expenses, damage and other issues.

So before you decide to do your own roof, here are some pros and cons of roofing yourself:

The Pros

  1. Of course, you’ll be able to save money. Having a roof repair isn’t cheap and you could actually save money if you do it yourself. 

  2. You can do it on your own schedule. When you decide to look for a professional to fix your roof, you might have to consult first with his or her schedule. But if you decide to do it on your own, you can do it at your own convenience.

  3. You will feel accomplished if you are able to do it on your own. 

  4. You can also do it according to your own style and taste. By doing your own roof, you will be able to add what you like such as including roof access.

The Cons

  1. You might actually end up spending more money if you don’t know what you are doing or if you end up doing it wrong -- You will have to call a professional this time and buy additional materials to re-do the job.

  2. You might have a hard time getting the proper materials and permits that are necessary, which a professional roofing contractor can.

  3. Your safety is the primary concern. Roofers have been repairing roofs for a long time and walking around on a sloping, slippery roof is a skill they have acquired through years of experience.

  4. When you decide to make changes such as including roof access (which obviously needs a professional’s advice and skills), you may have to face the issue of checking the professional’s schedule, both for inspection and when doing the job. And this might take time.

Any roof type project must be approached with a lot of planning and caution in order to avoid injuries and wrong installation. This is why it is important to consider the pros and cons of doing the roof repair yourself. If you possess the necessary knowledge and skills in performing the roof repair, then, by all means, do it yourself. However, if you don’t know what the problem is, then the best action would be to call a professional at least for an inspection.

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