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How many different kinds of roofs can you spot on the houses on your street? A few decades ago, you may have only seen shingle roofs, perhaps with the occasional slate roof mixed in. But these days, there are more kinds of roofing on the market. Metal roofs are becoming common because they can be made from recycled materials. Tile is a popular choice because it lasts a lot longer than other roofing materials. And then there are some roofers who install rubber roofs because they're smooth and easy to install. Learn more about roofs of all types on this blog.

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Why Roofing Replacement Shouldn't Be A DIY Job

It's no hidden secret that a roofing replacement can be expensive. You may be tempted to replace your roof and save money. Besides, nailing some shingles to a roof doesn't seem like too much of a deal, right? You may be surprised to find that replacing a roof isn't easy work, and trying to DIY the process could be a costly mistake. Here are four reasons why roofing replacement shouldn't be a DIY job. 

It Isn't Safe

You have probably heard cases of people who have been seriously injured or even died while working at heights. And roofing replacement is no different. You'll need to walk on top of your roof while holding heavy tools such as hammers and ladders. Any small mistake and you could be facing a life-threatening fall.

Worse still, some areas of the roof may be weak or damaged. Without adequate roofing experience, you risk stepping on a weak spot to cause a roof collapse plus a dangerous fall. Professional roofers have spent years working on roofs. They know how to operate heavy tools while on the rooftop, spot weak spots, and use safety equipment to minimize risks. 

You May Miss Hidden Underlying Issues

You may be considering roofing replacement because your roof is damaged or old. Perhaps the roof has multiple missing shingles or big leaks that allow rainwater into your home. While these damage signs are apparent, others can be difficult to notice for the untrained eyes. 

For example, you may not easily notice sodden shingles or rotten beams. If you replace your roof without tackling these underlying issues, it's only a matter of time before you begin to seek additional roof repairs or replacement. Luckily, experienced roofers usually inspect your roof's inner and outer parts before a replacement. They will catch and repair any underlying issues before installing your new roof. 

It Can Be Costly

While DIY projects are known to save money, the same cannot be said of DIY roofing. You'll need to buy different roofing equipment and tools for the job. Some of these tools can be costly, and you may never have to use them again. 

Moreover, there is always the risk of doing a faulty job with DIY roofing. If that happens, you may have to hire a professional roofer to correct your mistakes. Such repairs are usually expensive because the roofer will need to remove your defective work before making the repairs. 

You Risk Voiding Your Warranty

Many manufacturers of roofing materials will only honor a warranty if a certified roofing company installs the roof. Any attempt on your part to replace the roof means you risk voiding the warranty. If you damage the materials during installation or there is an issue with the materials in the future, you'll have to cover the damage from your pockets.

For more information, contact a roof replacement service in your area.