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Can I Replace My Roof Myself?

Can I Replace My Roof Myself?

Sweat equity can drastically cut down on your home improvement expenses. Painting your walls yourself or swapping your cabinet hardware could yield a decent return in the future. But some jobs that are best left up to the pros, like roof replacement. In this guide, we’ll explain why you should not replace your roof yourself unless you’re a licensed and experienced roofer.

Safety is a huge concern with DIY roof replacement. Professional roofers use specialty equipment to protect themselves on your roof. Our roofers go through hours of on-the-job safety training to learn the best techniques for safe roof work.

More than 150,000 Americans receive medical treatment each year for roof-related injuries. This includes everything from holiday lighting accidents to DIY roof repairs. What sounds like a good way to save money could lead to a life-threatening incident. It’s best to turn this task over to licensed and insured professionals.

The Wrong Technique Could Cost Thousands in Future Damages

We can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard this from homeowners. “I replaced my roof a few years ago, but now my roof is leaking.” Roofing is an artform that takes a tremendous amount of time to master. It is not something you can learn from a few quick videos online.

Faulty roof installation almost always leads to costly water damage. By the time you notice issues with the roofing, it has already caused extensive mold and wood rot. In fact, we’ve see situations where a newly installed roof “waves” in high winds. Shingles aren’t supposed to do that! If your roof isn’t properly built to withstand your local climate, it’s not doing you any good.

DIY Roofing Won’t Be Covered by Your Insurance/Warranty

If you install your roof yourself and something happens in the future, your homeowners insurance may not cover the damage. DIY installation may also void the warranty on your roofing materials. In either case, you’ll end up spending more on roof repairs than you theoretically saved installing the roof yourself.

How to Get Affordable Roof Replacement in Michigan

If you’re in the Metro Detroit area, McLean Roofing and Siding can replace your roof for you. We offer fair and honest pricing, backed by long-lasting warranties and a complete satisfaction guarantee. If you’re replacing your roof through an insurance claim, we can coordinate with your insurance company. If you’re paying out of pocket, we can find an affordable solution that fits your budget. Contact us at (248) 524-1111 to schedule your roof replacement quote.