Have you noticed missing shingles on your roof? In the spirit of DIY, you might be tempted to save the roof repair cost by completing the project on your own.
While we would like to give you the basic steps of replacing asphalt shingles, we encourage you to reconsider your decision.
Questions to Ask Yourself as You Consider Replacing Roof Shingles
Before you borrow your neighbor’s sturdy ladder and climb on your existing roof, ask yourself these questions:
Could a recent storm have caused the shingle damage?
If your area recently experienced high winds or roof damaging hail, your insurance company may cover the cost of a new roof or roof replacement. Even if you have a high deductible, it would be worth paying it to obtain a whole roof that will last several decades.
Do you have the necessary tools to complete this project?
You’ll need more than roofing nails to put a new shingle on your roof. You’ll also need tools to remove broken shingles, which specialty contractors would have at their disposal. Of course, you also need a way to dispose of the damaged roof shingles.
Once you add up all the tools such as a pry bar, roofing caulk, and other roofing materials, you may realize that hiring a roofing contractor for the roof repairs is a more cost-effective option.
Do you have any experience with residential roofing?
Of course, if you have previous roofing experience, you might be ready to tackle minor repairs. However, professional roofers go through extensive training. They also learn how to complete a dangerous job safely.
After all, it’s one thing to understand how to repair a shingle roof. It’s another thing entirely when carrying heavy materials up a ladder and completing the process feet above the ground.
How old are your roof’s shingles?
Is your roof 10 to 15 years old? It may be time to replace the entire roof. Instead of putting out small fires that may have caused a leaky roof, why not bite the bullet complete the job all at once?
After all, while you are spending time on your old roof to replace missing shingles, you might discover loose shingles, other damaged shingles, and exposed nails.
Replacing your roof may also give you the opportunity to upgrade the roofing system. For example, perhaps you wish to change the entire look of your home by adding wood shake shingles or ceramic tile as opposed to asphalt composition shingles.
Are you willing to put yourself at risk to save money on shingle replacement?
We apologize for being blunt, but roofing is one of the most dangerous professions. Even well-trained individuals using safety measures fall to their deaths. Are you willing to risk your life to fix a roof leak or replace a damaged shingle?
Hiring a Professional Roofing Contractor Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive
AmeriPro Roofing has locations all over the country and proudly installs Owens Corning shingles. Because we work in such volume, we can purchase the roofing material needed (such as the asphalt roofing paper, replacement shingles, etc.) for your job at a great rate from our trusted partners.
Let our roofing company handle the headache of replacing old shingles. Schedule your free inspection today.