One of the most difficult choices to make for any homeowner is deciding between DIY and calling the pros. This happens regularly when dealing with roofing problems. Some problems appear too minor thus no need for the roofing professional. Often, the homeowner discovers the blunder afterward upon realizing that the work needed a professional hand from the beginning. The decision on whether a DIY approach is better than calling the pros is capable of saving or costing you thousands of dollars – and time that will never be recovered.
So, here is what you should do to make this decision accurately and quickly.
Inspect the Roof
First, inspect the roof yourself. After that, examine your skills and determine whether the work involved is worth hiring a professional roofer for or not. The roof does not need an inspection on a weekly or monthly basis. Once or twice a year is sufficient. Roofs are predominantly strong, thus capable of withstanding the pressure brought about by prolonged exposure to the elements. The roof is not like the windows or doors that need inspection every day. Based on the results of the inspection, feel free to choose between DIY or calling a professional roofer.
Check for Signs the Roof needs Repairs or Replacing
Next, keep your eyes open for the first telltale signs that the roof needs replacing. Any project that involves replacing the roof requires the input of professionals. Some of the signs worth looking for include visible rotting from the rooftop; streaks forming and running down from the top; and, shingles that appear to be curling, cracking or rotting. These signs are all visible from the outside. The inside of the roof needs inspection too. Leakage and mold/moss are the signs worth checking from the inside. The signs will tell you if DIY is good or you need to call a pro.
Check the Roofer’s Availability
The availability of the roofer should help you make this decision too. If you reside in an area served by 1-2 roofers, booking him would mean having to wait a long time. This is especially true if the demand for the roofer’s services is exceedingly high – probably because of a recent storm that left many homes destroyed. In such situations, you might be better off handling the problem with your developing DIY skills. The solutions you put in place will most probably be short-term until the professional is available to do a proper job.
Choose who you want
Being selective is alright. There is no law dissuading you from choosing the kind of pro needed to handle the project you have in mind. If done right, the work, your roofer does, could take you for another 20-50 years. The work, your roofer, does guarantee you good returns on investment. The resale value improves substantially if a professional roofer was involved in the roof repairs or replacements. In fact, professional input guarantees you the chance to recoup at least 60 percent of the money spent hiring the roofer. DIY cannot guarantee you such amounts.
Cost of Maintenance
The cost of maintenance is something that should motivate you to choose either DIY or calling the pros. Fortunately, there is something you can do to keep the costs down within reasonable levels. First, clean the dust and cobwebs you find on the roof. The ventilation system also needs your attention to keep it free of dust and cobwebs. The ducts and the pipes need a lot of attention too. The leaks that develop on most roofs usually have their origin around the pipes and ducts. Plug the holes you see using high-grade silicone caulk. On the exterior, you should also focus on:
- Cleaning the gutters out
- Flushing the downspouts
Follow this guideline to help you decide between DIY approach and calling a roof expert.