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Should I Replace My Own Roof?

The costs of construction materials, in general, are rising daily, it seems, which is why some people who are looking at roof replacement or a new roof start to ponder doing their own roofing to help reduce the overall costs of the project. However, unless you happen to be a professional roofer, we would not recommend taking that path. If you need a new roof or some roof repairs, it is generally smarter to stick with a Minnesota roofing contractor for help with your residential roofing needs. Here are just a few reasons you may want to rethink a DIY roofing job.

DIY Roofing Accidents

The very first reason that you should avoid a DIY roof is the risk of accidents. Most roofs are slanted, and all roofs are high off the ground. It may seem simple to move around at will, but it actually is not, and falls happen quite commonly when people attempt to fix their own roofs. Falls from roofs almost always end in serious injuries and can even be life-threatening in some cases. In fact, roofing is considered one of the top ten most dangerous jobs in the US.

Falls are not the only accidents that happen on DIY roofing jobs, although they certainly are the most common. Heavy equipment and tools have to be carried up ladders onto roofs and pose their own risks, especially when you are not trained to use the tools. In addition, mold and roof collapse is another real threat, but a professional residential roofing team in Minnesota can assess and properly avoid those risks to provide you with a roof repair without placing anyone in danger.

DIY is Not Always Cheaper

The primary reason that people consider a DIY roof is because they think it is the cheaper option, but in most cases, it can turn out to be a financially expensive option. Improper installation or repair can actually end up costing more money as you will need to have a professional go over your handiwork. Additionally, if gaps and cracks are left behind, then your roof will quickly rot and, in the process, allow air to leak in and out of your home, increasing your energy bills.

Know When To Call The Professionals 

If you need roof repair following storm damage, then you also need to think about whether or not you will be filing an insurance claim. Most insurance companies will not reimburse DIY work but will work with a Minnesota roofing contractor to cover a roof replacement. All Craftsmen Exteriors has decades of experience with roofing replacement and works with all major insurance providers. We also work with HOA’s and property managers and can help streamline the roof replacement process.

We know that DIY projects are popular right now, but your roof is simply not something that should fall into that category. At All Craftsmen Exteriors, we value every customer and take every project seriously. We will make sure that you feel heard and trust us to handle our roofing project. Call us today to schedule your free inspection.