DIY vs Contractor – Pros & Cons

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Considering Roof Repairs Perth?  Check Out the Pros and Cons of DIY vs Contractor

When it comes to roof repairs Perth, you should be aware that some repairs are easier to do than others.  Replacing a shingle or two can be much easier than repairing a major leak or improper ventilation.  Therefore, you should really check out the pros and cons of DIY roof repair work and work completed by a contractor. 

DIY Roof Repairs Perth

Pros of DIY Roof Repairs Perth

One of the first things you will notice when you decide to tackle those roof repairs on your own is that you will save a good amount of money.  After all, you won’t need to pay yourself for the labor you do.  Well, you might be spending a little, because you know a few drinks will be in order when you are all finished, and your roof is as good as new!

The second pro of doing your roof repairs on your own is that you can schedule the work for when it is most convenient for you.  Of course, if your roof is leaking, the work might need to be completed immediately, but rearranging your schedule is easier than rescheduling the work of a contractor. 

Cons of DIY Roof Repairs Perth

Some roof repairs require lots of skill and knowledge, so you may not have any idea what you are doing once you get up onto your roof.  While this might not seem like a big deal, you will change your mind if you do more damage than what was there in the beginning. 

You also may find that you do not have the proper tools to do the roof repairs that are needed.  Simply going out and buying those tools will increase the cost of your DIY roof repair and you may end up spending more than you would have if you had simply hired a contractor. 

Shingles have a warranty, but that warranty can be designated as null and void if you do anything to the shingles on your own.  Only shingles that are installed by a certified roofer are considered valid for any type of warranty. 

The last con of DIY roof repairs Perth is that the work is very dangerous.  Roofing contractors spend their days up on roofs all the time and you don’t.  One wrong move could have you falling and injured before you even start the work. 

Pros of Contractor Roof Repairs Perth

When it comes to having roof repairs completed by a professional, there are many pros that you will love.  The first one is that contractors can usually do the work a lot faster than you could do it on your own.  The time that they will save you can be worth the extra money you are paying out.  A contractor might also find additional damage that needs to be fixed before it turns into a major issue for you and your roof. 

The second pro to hiring a contractor for roof repairs is that a contractor has all the tools they will need to do the job that is needed.  They will not need to spend time running to the store for items and can get right to work. 

As mentioned above, the warranty for shingles is dependent on them being installed by a certified roofer.  Since your contractor will be a certified roofer, all the roof repairs will be covered under the warranty. 

Contractors are also covered under insurance if that happen to fall or have an accident while doing your roofing repairs.  This is much different from the DIY option, where your insurance may not cover your accident or the accident of anyone you may have had helping you. 

Cons of Contractor Roof Repairs Perth

The one major con of hiring a contractor to do your roof repairs is the cost.  The reason it will cost so much more is the fact you are paying for their skills and the time they are working.  Another con is the fact that contractors are often quite busy, so your roof repairs may need to wait until they have an opening in their schedule. 

Tips for DIY Roof Repairs Perth

While we always say it is best to hire a contractor for all your roof repairs Perth, we can understand why you would want to do a few easy roof repairs on your own.  Therefore, we created a short list that will keep you as safe as possible for your DIY roof repairs. 

  • Always wear rubber soled shoes when climbing up onto your roof.  These shoes will prevent you from slipping as easily. 
  • Apply roof cement to seams on the chimney that are cracked with a putty knife.
  • Replace any shingles that are missing or loose.
  • Re-adhere all curled shingles with roofing adhesive.  If your curled shingles are brittle, you should warm them up first or they will break.
  • Always make sure the back edge of the shingle is under the row of shingles behind it, while making sure the front edge is in line with the shingles next to it. 
  • Always use galvanized roofing nails when installing new shingles.

It is best to tackle roof repairs Perth as soon as you notice the damage.  Therefore, we recommend inspecting your roof regularly for any signs that shingles are damaged or missing or that anything else is going on to cause damage.  While you can do that on your own, while also fixing some minor damage, it is usually best to call a professional. 

We can come out to see what is going on with your roof and have those roof repairs completed in no time at all.  So, if you are unsure of what is going on with your roof, or you tried the DIY route without success, give us a call. 

We can get out to you quickly, so your roof repairs Perth doesn’t turn into a major issue that will need a lot more work than you originally thought.