Roofing your own house, does it save money?

So you want to save some money and do your own roof. You have a hammer, a saw and some common sense. It can’t be that hard. I can appreciate wanting to save money but does a DIY’er really save money? A roof is one of the most costly home improvements you will make. Many have done it with success. Many have not. Some have gotten into it only to realize they made a mistake and then call a pro. Then there is the sad story, where a home owner get hurt and cannot finish what he started and cannot even go to his real job that supports the family.

DIY on a roofAll of these stories I have seen, heard of and been involved in. Trust me when you call a roofer to finish things up that you have started, it probably will cost you more money than if you had just hired a contractor in the beginning. You may have given up and now the roofer must take over your problem. If you have done things incorrectly, he will most likely have to start all over, costing you the investment and you have all ready made in time and materials.

Do it yourself roofing is not as easy as it sounds.

If you don’t know what you are doing, you can damage to your roof and the belonging inside. That means leaks that can cause thousands of dollars in damage inside your home. A simple little leak can go unnoticed for years that produces mold and mildew, a unhealthy environment you breath and unseen dry rot damage. This picture was sent to me awhile back from a home owner that had leaks after doing the his roof. Just reusing the old shakes, flipping them over and his footwear makes me wonder if he really knew what he is doing. What about safety on a roof? Having your buddies over to help with pizza and beer for lunch can be a disaster.

Ask yourself these questions;

1, Do I fully understand how to install all the parts of a roof?

2, Will my body be up to doing the whole roofing project?

3, How long will it take me?

4, What do I do if it rains?

5, What do I do if I get hurt?

6, Do OSHA safety requirements effect me?

These are the basic questions to ask yourself but consider these also. Do I know and understand the building codes and permitting procedures? Am I up to date on manufacturers requirements to have a warranty? Have I figured out how much I will really save by doing my roof or part of it? After thinking about it, is it really worth the risk?


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Since 2005 Bob has been answering questions, free of charge, here at With a strong background in residential roofing and provides a practical and simple answers to hundreds of roof related questions, so it is easy to understand the issues you may have with your roof. Our answers are free so feel free to ask what you want. Use the green question box to contact myself or I have spent ten years as a union shingler, seventeen years as a California licensed roofing contractor with a general contractor endorsement and since Feb. of 2005 a roofing consultant. If I don't know the answer to your question, I will point you in the right direction.

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  1. Jeff Cardenas
    September 26, 06:43 Reply
    With many years of experience, I would say that before going too far down this path, take a hard look at what is required to succeed at this and a clear-eyed view of the potential savings. Then decide if it’s worth it. Hiring a contractor is often safer than doing it yourself unless you have experience and skills related to roofing. Thanks for innovative piece.
  2. N/A
    October 11, 20:43 Reply
    • Bob
      October 11, 21:57 Reply
      Yes I have to admit this roof was a difficult roof to attempt doing for this person. I received many questions regarding it. But in the blog, I feel I presented the important things to consider.

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