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A professionally installed asphalt shingle roof will set you back an average of $10,000 in 2024 — and the complexity and size of your roof can certainly bump that cost up! It’s not pocket change, and you certainly wouldn’t be the first to be tempted to go the DIY route.

The prospect of saving a significant chunk of money is almost definitely the driving factor if you’re toying with the idea of replacing your own roof, but some homeowners may see the project as an interesting challenge that will allow them to master new skills.

Should you go for it?

Our answer is ultimately a resounding “no.” You and your property are both too precious to attempt a risky project like a DIY roof replacement. This guide shows you what’s at stake.

Why Not to Attempt a DIY Roof Replacement

If you’re getting ready to replace your own roof, you might have given yourself a pep talk or two. “You can do it!” Can you really, though?

  • Roofing is a dangerous business, even for seasoned professionals. Even if you take steps to implement DIY roofing safety measures, know that over half of all construction fatalities involve falling from heights.
  • Roofers use safety equipment like harnesses, anchors, and guardrails. If you value your life, you’ll have to invest in this equipment, too, slashing your savings potential.
  • Roofing is complex. YouTube videos can’t adequately teach you how to do it, and your property’s structural integrity is at risk if you do it wrong.
  • A roof replacement takes time — and that’s especially true if you have no idea what you’re doing. Think about it. Would working overtime to pay for your roof replacement be more economical?

The Pros of Replacing Your Own Roof

Let’s take a peek at the reasons so many homeowners feel called to attempt a DIY roof replacement. They’re obvious, really — and as professional roofers, we can’t say we don’t understand the appeal.

  • When you hire a professional team of roofers, like the Roof Mentors, to replace your roof, our labor accounts for a significant portion of the cost. If you do it yourself, you can keep that money in your pocket, and you’ll only have to pay for the materials and required tools.
  • A DIY roof replacement may sound like a fun opportunity to master a new skill set, especially if you already love tackling small home improvement projects. If you successfully complete the project, you’ll feel an immense sense of pride every time you look at your roof.
  • Doing it yourself gives you complete control over your roof replacement, including the materials you use — in theory, anyway.

Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, there’s too much of an ugly side to take that risk.

When to Hire a Roofer — Hire the Best Roofers in North Carolina for Your Roof Replacement Instead

Our take? The risks of DIY roof replacement are too great to even seriously consider this option. Unless you’re a retired roofer, you have no business trying to fix your own roof. Part of the benefits of professional roofing services is that skilled and experienced roofers take on that risk for you.

If you’re gearing up for a roof replacement and you’re still thinking about doing it yourself, the Roof Mentors invite you to give us a call. We’ll walk you through the process and tell you more about the risks. After all, your roof is your home’s main defense against the elements. Take the next step; reach out now and call the pros today!

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