It’s always best to hire a professional to install a new roof. Call us to schedule an appointment and one of our professional roofers will come out to assess the project and give you a free estimate. However, some homeowners prefer to do improvements themselves. We recommend getting guidance from a professional before starting any project of this magnitude. Most people opt for an asphalt shingle roof when going the do-it-yourself route due to the low cost and because it’s probably one of the easier types of installation. We’ll give you some general guidance below. You can also check out our section on Metal Roofing if you haven't decided on which type of roof you want.
Safety and Regulations
Make sure to check with your city for any required permits and codes before starting your project. You’ll need the permit to begin the work and the new roof will have to pass all of the codes once it’s finished. This is a perfect reason why you should leave it up to trained professionals. Another reason is safety! Climbing up and down ladders and working at these heights while using equipment and carrying heavy loads poses too many risks to list. If you absolutely plan to do the job yourself, make sure you have all the right equipment for safety, such as proper shoes and attire, harnesses, scaffolding, safety lines, hard hats and gloves, safety glasses and tool belts, just to name a few.
In addition to prepping the roof deck to make sure it’s smooth and free from holes and debris, you will also want to prep the yard, driveway and all areas around the house. Make sure to assess where dangerous areas are beforehand, such as power lines, overhanging tree branches, electrical outlets, etc. Keep a tarp on the ground around where you will be working to catch any little objects that fall that would be hard to pick up when you are finished. Move cars out of the way to prevent damage and to make it easy for any material to be dropped off at the site. Take all of your measurements to know how much supplies to order.
Again, we cannot stress enough the importance of hiring a professional or work under the guidance of a professional. There are many hazards, regulations and codes to follow in addition to the correct way to follow through on all of the steps involved. Installing a new roof is expensive whether you hire a professional or do the job yourself. You will want to make sure it is done properly to prevent any damage to your home and to make sure that you get the longest life of the roof possible. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free estimate.
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