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DIY Roofing Replacement vs. Professional Roofing Replacement

Nowadays, many homeowners find it convenient to deal with roofing repairs and damages on their own with the help of DIY videos and tutorials on the internet that makes it look easy to fix things yourself. However, there are always some caveats attached. Not all houses are simple and easy to fix, one misstep can lead to a huge damage. Here are some pros and cons associated with DIY roof replacements as well as hiring professional roofing replacement services.

DIY Roof Replacement

Handling roof repairs yourself is only wise when the repairs are minor, such as like fixing a loose shingle or sealing a roof leak. These little repairs can be done by yourself without risking your safety or further damaging your roof. However, when it comes to full-fledged roof replacement, it is not something you should do alone. It will involve structural changes and many technicalities that are better dealt by professionals. DIY tutorials are not detailed enough to train you of any issue that can arise on the site. They are straightforward and unrealistically simplified, and one unskilled move can lead to a bigger problem.

Other than that, you need to have adequate knowledge of where to get quality-roofing material and get them delivered to your home. Moreover, you will have to spend extra on special tools that may be required. Doing it yourself does not come with professional assistance, which could make the whole process look too tedious and time-consuming for you.

Hiring Professional Roofing Replacement

Hiring a professional is always a tried and tested way to get things done. You know they will take care of all your worries regarding the issue and work will be done neatly and effectively. With profession services, you can rest assured that the work will be done properly, without leaving any loose ends. Professional roofers have expert knowledge when it comes to technicalities involved in the roofing process. They use professional equipment and know where to procure the supplies required to get the job done.

When you hire professional roofing companies, they conduct an elaborate inspection of your roof and spot all underlying problems that you may not have identified. For instance, you called the roofers to get shingles on your roof fixed after a hailstorm. Initially, you thought only the upper layer of your roof was damaged and it’s just the shingles that needed replacement. However, after the professionals have inspected, you get to know that the storm has the damaged internal structure of your roof as well.

Another benefit of hiring a professional roofing company is that their repairs and installations come with company’s assurance and warranty. If anything goes wrong within a specified duration, you can always have it checked by the company without bearing any extra cost.

If you have to decide between doing it yourself and hiring a professional roofing replacement service, you must consider the pros and cons of each. Professional replacement may cost more than doing it yourself, but if that extra cost translates into safety and quality repairs, then it is an option that you must consider.

What to look for in the roof when you’re buying a home

Roof is an essential part of the house, and if it is damaged, it can harm the entire structure of the house. If you are buying a house, here some things you should look for in the roof:

Good ventilation system

Many people think that a shiny roof is the main feature one should look for. On the contrary, the main feature of the roof that everyone should look for is a good ventilation system.

The absence of ventilation can cause various issues down the road such as blockage of sunlight, no passage for air flow and easy formation of mold.

Look for roof leaks:

Roof leaks are the main culprit for damaging the structure of the house. If you ever end up buying a house that has a leak in its roof, it can cause damage to the walls, furniture as well as the paint.

Leakages usually occur in chimneys and plumbing vents. You will require a professional for finding a leak in the roof. Make sure to get the rooftop inspected for leaks before you buy the house.

Check for mold:

Mold in the roof is harmful for your home. It can affect the look of the roof, cause bad odor and pose some health risks as well. Humid and poorly ventilated regions are perfect breeding places for molds. Poor ventilation system and water leaks are the main reason for the formation of molds.

Many home experts use an infrared camera to do the job. Look for professionals if you fear mold so that you can get rid of it before you move to your new house.

Check the gutters and downspouts

The rooftop of a house should channel water away properly. If gutters are clogged or if the downspouts are not far enough from the house, it could be problematic. For this purpose, you should hire a professional who will be able to inspect better and give you more in-depth advice for the home under consideration.

Benefits of having a professional roof inspection to assess storm damage

Roofs nowadays are made from the most durable items and can handle harsh weathers and brutalities of nature. But over time, they do deteriorate, especially if they have to face heavy rains or heavy storms. Storms particularly, can damage a roof much more and it is always a good idea to have roofs professionally inspected. Here are some benefits you will avail if you can get a professional inspection of your roof:

 

Catching the small issues

Check your roof regularly to avoid obvious damage but also get a professional inspection done often. Catching small issues earlier, some of which you wouldn’t know to look for, can save a lot of money and stress later on.

Handling insurance claims

For filing an insurance claim, getting a professional inspection is crucial. In order to find the estimate that will cover the damage that has occurred, you need a professional’s help as they will be able to tell you what the exact damage is, and how much it will cost to fix the issue. Often times, your insurance provider will also tell you to claim only after a professional roof inspection is done.

Professional Assessment

You will find the obvious storm damages at a first glance, like missing shingles or dents in the roof, but a professional will be able to find all those issues that you will not be able to locate. A professional inspection is important because it will help you find all issues related to your roof and the extent to which the damage has been done. A professional will also be able to provide you with estimates for getting your roof repaired.

Roofing Words of Wisdom

Chuck Hester of Truline Roofing

We asked Chuck Hester, the founder and managing partner of Truline Roofing’s residential division these questions:

“How do I choose a roofing contractor?” Here is his answer.

“You typically won’t fix your own roof. Even something as simple as replacing one shingle might not be as simple as it seems. First of all, most wouldn’t even know where to begin or even what tools would be needed. Your average homeowner just wouldn’t. Second of all, it is dangerous any time you are going up a ladder. Ladder injuries for homeowners are the number 1 injury related issue in America and it also tops the list for fatal injuries. So it is definitely advisable to call an expert or qualified contractor. To make it easy just call Truline Roofing.

“How do I know that my contractor will do the job right?”

“You’d want to check and see if they are certified for one thing and also if they are licensed. Also ask if they are members of various organizations such as the National Roofing Contractor Association, which is certainly a plus. If they are asking for any money up front, you should shy away from them. You should pay them when they finish the job. That’s how we operate at Truline Roofing. When we finish the job, we ask that we get paid. I know a lot of roofers out there that ask for money upfront. You should never hire a roofing contractor that wants to get paid (even just half) in advance. You just shouldn’t do it.”

How Do I Choose A Roofing Contractor? (Part One of Two)

How Do I Choose A Roofing Contractor?

How Do I Choose A Roofing Contractor?

The roof is one of the easiest elements to overlook when thinking about your home. It’s often only when there is a problem with your roof that you even notice it. But as any good real estate agent will tell you: a well installed and properly maintained roof is a critical element that makes your home much more marketable to prospective buyers. It not only protects you and your family from the elements, but it adds structural stability as well as being a major component of your home’s overall aesthetic appeal. All of these are reasons that homeowners need to be well-informed when it comes to choosing a roofing contractor for a roof repair or replacement.

The first step every homeowner should do it to arm themselves with a list of key questions to ask the roofing contractors that they are seeking bids from. The lowest priced quote is not always the best deal when you consider that it may cost you time, money and frustration down the road if they provide inferior product or do a shoddy job with the installation. It’s true that improper installation can also void the warranty the manufacturer offers on the roofing product – so choosing a knowledgeable, experienced and certified roofing contractor is critical.

Additionally, you’ll want to do your own research to investigate the reputation of the potential roofer you are thinking of hiring. Do a basic “Google” search to see what their reviews are like (on 3rd party independent websites like HomeAdvisor.com, ThumbTack.com or Angie’s List.) Do not make a decision without doing this research first. Homeowners who only consider the reviews that the roofing contractor chooses to post on their own website are doing themselves a huge disservice by limiting their scope in this manner. The same story goes for only checking the references that they provide. You’ll want to do your due diligence to get honest feedback on the quality of their work and service from an impartial (and real) past customer.

Not sure when it is time to replace your roof? Check also our tips about keeping your roof in a good shape.

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