Roofing, DIY or DI – DONT

Having your roof replaced, either on your home, your business, or even just your garage, can be an expensive job, unfortunately if you leave it in a state of disrepair, your repair bill is likely to be significantly more than if you just pay to get it fixed as soon as possible.

It’s important to know exactly what work needs doing, whether you survey and decide by yourself or pay a roofing specialist such as to come out and do an initial survey and quotation for you.

You need to find out exactly what needs to be replaced, when people say they are having their roof replaced, generally they are just having the tiles or the shingles replaced, but more rarely the whole roof including the rafters may also need replaced. It’s imperative that you find out every last thing which needs replaced and have it all done at once, otherwise you’ll need to rip your roof apart again to replace a part which was missed.

Have a full inspection done on all aspects of your roof including the shingles or tiles, the flashings, the rafters and any vents and seals which may be installed. Sometimes you may choose to replace the guttering and fascia at the same time as replacing other parts of your roof.

Once you know exactly what needs replaced, you need to start getting quotes from professionals, or if you choose to DIY you need to find out some extra things such as;

What tools and equipment are needed to perform the job correctly?

There are many tools required to do a good quality roofing job. It may be possible to hire the tools you need, because some of the tools could be extremely expensive to purchase, which might actually make the job more expensive than it would be if you paid a professional roofing company to carry it out.

Disposing of the old roofing materials.

If you’re removing a roof full of tiles or shingle, it’s important to dispose of the waste material correctly. Some of it may be able to be recycled, whilst other materials should go to landfill. If you’re replacing shingles then you need to ensure they do not contain asbestos, if they do you’ll need to have it professionally handled and disposed of, and wear the appropriate safety masks and clothing – asbestos can be very dangerous to your health.

How long will it take?

The last thing you want is to have half of your roof removed and the heavens to open above you soaking your loft space, and potentially leaking through your ceilings. If you can not complete the job in a timely fashion then we’d recommend a company does this for you – they will have the manpower to get the job done much quicker than a single person diy repairing their roof, and they will also have a system in place to carry on working, or protect your home in the event of rain or snow.


Be sure you know exactly what it’s going to cost before you start the work, running out of money before the work is complete could be catastrophic.

So, should you hire in a contractor?

Consider all of the above and ask yourself whether you can tackle it or not. In our opinion, roofing work is not something which should be attempted by an amatuer, working at hight can be dangerous and one wrong move could cause serious injury. You must also take into consideration the safety of the public and your family when you consider making do it yourself changes to a structural part of your home.

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