When It’s Time to Replace Your Roof…
Paul teaches us in 1 Corinthians 13:13 that three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love. If your original roof was installed with quality materials and workmanship, you can have faith and hope that it will last many years; barring any impact from an extreme weather event, it should! But the fact remains that no roof lasts forever, so eventually your roof will need replacing.
Not sure whether your roof needs replacing yet or not? Check out this helpful blog to learn about some things you can check to assess your roof’s current condition. And once you come to the realization that a roof replacement really is what you need, you then must decide whether replacing your roof is something you can handle yourself, or whether it would be better to hire a professional to do it for you.
…It’s Best to Entrust Your Roof Replacement to a Certified Professional
While DIY jobs are a great way to save some money in certain areas, roofing is actually one of the most dangerous home improvement projects there is. In addition to the inherent safety risks that go along with working on a roof, a roof installation that’s done improperly can cause all sorts of problems for you down the road. Unless you have professional roofing training and experience, you probably don’t have the needed equipment or knowledge to do the job right. In most cases, taking on a roof replacement as a DIY project really isn’t a good idea.
Here are just a few reasons why choosing to hire a professional roofer is a wise decision:
Knowledge and Experience
A roof is a complex system. Replacing a roof involves more than just tearing off the shingles (or whatever materials you have on top) and putting on some new ones. There are also things like underlayment, flashing, and decking to consider, too. Handling any of these areas improperly can lead to a compromised roofing system. Plus, a professional roofer has a trained eye to catch potential issues on your roof that you may simply miss on your own!
Tools, Labor, and Time Costs
Whereas some DIY home improvement projects can save you time and money, roofing really isn’t one of those projects. Not only will you need to purchase shingles (or other top cover roofing material), but you’ll also need to buy nails, underlayment, roofing cement, and other roofing supplies. You also may need some specialized tools that are expensive to buy or rent. A roofing professional already possesses all the needed tools, and thanks to preferred relationships with manufacturers, a professional roofer can typically obtain the needed materials cheaper than you could if you bought them yourself. And there are time and labor considerations, too. Even if you can find some buddies who are willing to pitch in and help, it will still likely take you much longer to complete the project on your own than if you hired a team of trained professionals.
Safety, Liability, and Insurance
There are safety concerns that go along with working on top of a roof. Unless you have a safety harness, safety helmet, and special training for working on elevated, sloped surfaces, you really shouldn’t take that risk. There are also liability and insurance issues to consider. Your home insurance probably won’t cover any damage that results from you trying to replace your roof yourself, especially if you don’t possess the proper knowledge and skills to do so. On the other hand, a reputable roofing contractor will carry special bonding, licensing, and insurance to cover any issues that may arise.
DIY Roofing Means Much Less Warranty Coverage
Choosing certified roofing contractors means you’ll be covered by two warranties – a warranty for materials provided by the manufacturer, and a warranty for workmanship provided by the roofer. If you take on your roof replacement as a DIY project, you’ll have no workmanship warranty, and if you’re not a licensed professional you may also end up voiding any material warranties offered by the manufacturer.
Why Skywalker Roofing Is the Right Local, Certified Roofing Provider for You
In the end, trying to take on a roof installation or roof replacement as a DIY project really isn’t worth all the risks. Roofing is one job that’s best left to the hands of a professional! So which roofing contractor should you choose?
Skywalker Roofing is a local name you can trust in the NC Piedmont Triad, Piedmont Triangle, Charlotte metro, and Roanoke, VA areas. We’re licensed, bonded, and insured, and we’re also a preferred contractor for both Owens Corning and CertainTeed, two of the best roofing manufacturers in the business. We work with a wide range of materials including standard shingles, architectural shingles, metal, wood shakes, slate, tile, composite materials, and more. Skywalker Roofing provides complete roofing and repair services for both residential and commercial roofs, and we also offer many other valuable home improvement services like windows and siding replacement, blown insulation, and interior drywall repair. And NOBODY beats our standards for workmanship and personalized service; we’re happy to report that our customers give us a 99% approval rating!
Ready to schedule your FREE home or business site inspection and personal consultation? Just give us a call at (336) 338-8620 and let us show you what sets Skywalker Roofing apart from everyone else!