With labor shortages in almost every industry, including construction, many homeowners are considering the DIY route, even when it comes to home improvements such as roofing. There are obvious reasons why we discourage DIY and suggest you hire a roofer, such as the fact that we want your business. But there are some not-so-obvious reasons as well, such as safety, potential damage to your home, and more.
One of the most important reasons to hire a roofer, rather than doing it yourself IS the labor shortage. If you get into a bind, it’s going to be difficult to get a professional roofer on-site quickly.
We did a little research on the topic and found some suggestions from the professional contractor and TV host Mike Holmes. Here’s what he has to say:
Do It Yourself or Hire a Contractor?
Professional Contractor and TV Host Mike Holmes Discusses Your Options
When homeowners ask professional contractor and TV host Mike Holmes about DYI roof replacements or repairs, he usually has one answer: Do not do it yourself!
As one of North America’s leading contractors, Holmes helps homeowners tackle renovation, remodeling and repair projects. Whether he’s working as a television host, public speaker, or industry expert, he is dedicated to educating homeowners about building standards and construction principles for sustainable and safe development.
But when he talks to homeowners who are considering repairing or replacing their roofs without the services of a reputable roofer, the conversation halts.
“I would never recommend a homeowner get on their roof, much less try to install or repair it,” Holmes says. “It is too dangerous and can lead to a serious injury. Your home’s roofing system is only as good as the installation and the materials used. That’s why it’s important to use good quality products and professional contractors.”
Warning: Do Not Try This at Home
Take These Steps Before You Hire a Roofer
We are all concerned about the cost of materials and labor these days, but cutting corners when hiring a roofer, is not always a good idea. It’s definitely a “You get what you pay for” situation. These tips will help you interview and hire a roofer that won’t leave you out in the cold and the rain. Pun intended.