In today’s world, we all try to do as much for ourselves as we can. With YouTube and the internet being stocked full of different tutorials, it is easy to feel like you can take on any project yourself. While this is great and true for a lot of things, roofing is not always one of them. Sure it may seem great in theory to do some roof work yourself and save some money, but that doesn’t always work out and can actually make your situation worse in the long run.
Today we are going to be talking about the importance of hiring a roofing contractor to handle your roofing needs.
Why You Should Hire a Roofing Contractor vs. Doing it Yourself
Prior to deciding if you should take on any project by yourself, it is important to do your own research and weigh the pros and cons of that decision. Here is a list of benefits to working with a professional roofing company as opposed to doing it yourself that we strongly suggest keeping in mind before making a decision.
We believe that educating yourself on all things roofing is important as a homeowner to ensure quality work which is why we created our Learning Hub where we post new roofing content every single week. It is a great resource to learn more about the roofing process and can help you determine what is best for your home specifically.
Experience & peace of mind
Professional roofers have experience working with a variety of different roof types under their belts. As a homeowner doing roof work yourself, you may easily miss important issues such as rotted decking which needs to be replaced. A professional and reputable roofer will be able to spot all of these problems and ensure they are dealt with correctly.
Homeowners who attempt to repair or install a roof by themselves also run the risk of doing it incorrectly which will cost you more money down the line as the work will have to be redone and can also lead to damage. If a roof is installed incorrectly by someone who is not a roofing professional and damage occurs, most of the time homeowners insurance will not cover this meaning it will all be on you. Safety is another concern here as roof work can be dangerous and when incorrectly done can also put the safety of your home at risk.
Overall, it is best to hire a reputable roofing company to perform any roof work done to your home as it will both ease your mind and likely save you money in the long run.
As mentioned before, roofers are able to spot problem areas that the average homeowner taking on a project themselves may easily overlook. Prior to all roof work, whether it be a simple repair or a full-on installation, professional roofing companies will perform a thorough inspection of your roof prior to beginning any work. After the inspection is complete they will sit with the homeowners and discuss their findings as well as let them know what their options are along with their personal recommendations.
A lot of the time during these post-inspection chats homeowners learn about issues that they did not even know that they had. Homeowners also oftentimes learn of different options that they did not know were available to them. Without a proper inspection, you run the risk of not noticing these problems and/or going with a solution that may not be the best one available to you.
We recommend having routine inspections done regardless of what type of roof you have to find any damage or issues occurring before they get worse. We also strongly recommend going the professional roofer route when repairing or installing a roof for the same reasons. Overall, it is an extra layer of security included that will ensure your safety and that all issues are caught and addressed the first time around.
If you decide to install a new roof without using a professional roofing company, you have no warranties protecting you, and your insurance will be affected as well. A professional roof installation will come with its own warranties ensuring that if something were to be installed improperly, the repair process will be covered and you will not have to pay anything for it.
When working with a professional roofing company the roofers should also always be insured so that if any issues or accidents were to occur during your installation, you will not be held liable for it.
Another big benefit to hiring a professional roofing company is that it will save you time. A lot of people that decide to DIY their roof do not realize how much time goes into doing so until it is too late. Then, a lot of people try to cut some corners which is very bad as it can lead to damage and safety issues.
Installing a roof by yourself would require learning how to do so, removing the old roof, ordering the new materials, and then finally installing it all. These steps take a lot of time and can take up to months for some to accomplish and then they still run the risk of doing it incorrectly. People are busy and that time can be used elsewhere for other important aspects of your life such as work and family.
Professional roofers know what they are doing and know the entire process inside out. They can ensure a speedy and quality installation the first time around saving you both time and money.
Finding a reputable roofer
Now that you know why it is important to hire a professional roofer for your roofing needs, here are some things to look for when finding a roofing company to work with. We won’t go super in-depth here since we have other articles that talk more about this over on our Learning Hub.
Licensed and Insured
As mentioned earlier, you should always be sure that the roofing company you hire is both licensed and insured so that you are not liable for any issues that may occur along the way. Any professional and reputable roofing company should have both of these and if they do not then it is a red flag and you should work with someone else.
You should always do a bit of homework on a company before hiring them and looking at their reviews is one of the best ways to do that. A company may have a nice website and business card, but that will mean nothing if their reviews are trash. Looking at the company’s reviews on Google will help give you a better sense of what working with the company is like according to their previous customer’s experiences.
It is also important to look at how much experience the company has working as professional roofers. You can do this by looking at their reviews or reading the about us page on their website. It is also important to work with a company that has experience with your type of roof, this applies more to people with less common roof types such as slate or certain metals.
A company with lots of experience and good reviews has a much higher chance of delivering a successful finished product.
Wrapping it Up
We know it can be tempting to try to take on some projects yourself, but roofing is not one to gamble with. Roof work is expensive yet necessary and it is important that it is done correctly to ensure your safety as well as your homes. If you do take our advice and hire a professional roofing company, it is super important that you do your research and work with a reputable company that will not cut corners to ensure a proper installation/repair.
We hope that you now feel better informed about the importance of working with a professional roofing company for all of your roofing needs.
We are here to help!
At Liberty Roofworks we have over 20 years of professional roofing experience and have no intentions to slow down. All of our roofing contractors are both licensed and insured. We have experience with a wide variety of different roof types as well as ventilation systems, siding, and gutter installation.
If you or someone you know is in need of any roof work whether it be a repair or a full installation, we have you covered! Please contact us and we will be happy to send out one of our professional roofing contractors to perform a thorough inspection and go over their findings with you as well as answer any questions you may have.
Client satisfaction is our top priority which is why we always make sure to go over all of the options that are available to you as well as give you our professional recommendations. With us, roofing doesn’t have to be stressful, we are here to help!