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Reasons Not to DIY Your Roof Replacement

Posted on May 8, 2020

Avon IL Roof Replacement

A DIY roof replacement may seem like a simple solution if you're daunted by the investment of professional roof replacement. You can simply buy the roof and the materials and put in the work of installing it yourself. However, even if you have time, this may not be the best choice for your home. Many homeowners who go into DIY roof replacements expecting them to be easy soon find themselves regretting not hiring a professional. Here are a few reasons to avoid a DIY roof replacement.

Lack of Savings

The biggest misconception about DIY roof replacement is that it saves you money. The reason for this is that you don't have to pay for professional labor. However, without professional expertise, DIY roof replacements actually save homeowners very little. They have to pay for the materials and equipment themselves, and may have to pay for their own labor by taking time away from work or their usual schedule to install the roof. Additionally, there's no warranty for labor when installing a roof yourself, and no insurance or worker's compensation in the event that something goes wrong on the job, as there might be with professional roof replacement.

Voided Warranty

It's not just the labor warranty that you'll miss when you choose a DIY roof replacement. Many roof material manufacturers won't guarantee products that aren't installed by a professional, so you may lose the product warranty. It's simply too much of a financial risk, even if you personally have installed roofs before and feel that you have a strong handle on the situation. So if you decide to install your roof yourself, you may lose the product warranty, as well, meaning if you have to repair or replace the roof in time to come, you'll have to pay out of pocket.

Personal Safety

Installing a roof isn't as easy as it looks, and it doesn't look that easy to begin with. This is one of the more challenging home exterior projects, and it could be potentially dangerous if you're not an expert. You're working with heavy materials at a position high above the ground. Falls and other injuries are certainly common, especially if you don't know all the proper safety precautions to take.

A roof replacement is not something you want to go at alone. Want a professional you can trust to help you with the job? Contact Mainstream Home Improvements today for more information or a free estimate.

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