Owning a home comes with its own set of costs outside of the simple mortgage payment. There are constantly repairs and replacements that are needed in various parts of the house, from the furnace to the roof. Many homeowners will often attempt to fix many of the various home issues themselves instead of calling in a more expensive expert. With home roofs, there are many different types of maintenance and repairs that are easy for a homeowner to do. In fact, many of the repairs that will keep your roof looking new and lasting longer in between replacements are pretty simple if you are a generally handy person and feel comfortable climbing up onto your roof. When it comes to a complete roof replacement though, often it is a good idea to leave that work to the roofing contractors.
There are many different kinds of roof repairs that can be done without calling out your roofing company to your home. One of the benefits of doing it yourself is that you can work around your own schedule (no need to take time off of work to wait for the roofer to come to you.) Also, you probably have most of the tools that you will need in order to some basic repairs. Many times a roofer will leave extra shingles at your home when they do a total roof replacement. They do this for one very important reason: roof shingles need to match. When an entire roof is replaced, it is easy to make sure that all of the shingles are the same color because they are ordered in a large batch all at once. But there is no guarantee that the manufacturer of that particular shingle will continue to make that exact color in the future. So when a shingle becomes loose or torn and needs to be replaced, you want to make sure that you will have the right color shingle available to you. So you have your shingles, your hammer, and you can get the right kind of nails at your local hardware store fairly cheap. You will also need a tall ladder and another person to hold that ladder and that’s all of your supplies. Pulling up a shingle is a fairly straightforward process, and there are many online videos that you can watch for pointers. The biggest hurdle is getting yourself up on the roof and being safe while you are up there.
While the do it yourself approach is cheaper, it is also more time consuming. You will probably spend more than double the amount of time on your roof to replace a handful of shingles whereas a roofing contractor can do the same work much more quickly and effective. If you use the same roofing company that you used for your initial roof installation, there is also a chance that the work falls under the warranty of the labor. You will also will be able to keep your feet safely on the ground and let them do the dangerous work. There are some great pros to both using a contractor or the DIY approach, you just have to find which option is best for you.