Why hire a Roofing Company, and not do it yourself?

In the last post, we explained some of the steps that a homeowner or DIY’er should go through before installing their own roof. To recap, the three things that we would recommend would be: Speak to a solid roofer in your area, Read a Roofing installation book, or watch a Youtube video on the subject. There are many resources out there for any Average Joe to learn how to install a roof, or really do any fixes and installations around the house. Just make sure you perform your due diligence before making any decisions on what you are doing.

Today, we would like to focus on why you should hire a roofer. We will list five reasons, but there are many more you should consider. For a full list, we recommend going to Google and typing in ‘Why I should hire a roofer’. Again, the wealth of resources that the internet has today is incredible, and you can find just about anything that you are looking for in regards to roofing there.

Our reasons for hiring a roofer:

  1. They have been installing roofs for a very long time (typically). Read: They know what they are doing. Not everyone takes the time to perfect their craft, but if you own a roofing company, and you want to be the very best in your area, you are very skilled at what you do. Roofing companies know the ins and outs of installing roofs, and it doesn’t take them very long to tear off your roof and install a completely new roof.
  2. They are insured (don’t hire a roofing company if they are not insured). If anything happens to any of the workers while they are on your roof, you don’t have to pay anything at all to the roofing company for the injury of loss of life. Also, your roof should be insured, or warrantied, for a certain number of years, and you should check with each roofer before you hire them about what their insurance or warranty information is.
  3. They will install drip edge, or metal flashing to protect your edging. This is a step that most homeowners forget to do when they have completed their own roofing project, and it will greatly damage your roof if not done properly.
  4. They will protect your gutters. Most roofing companies have ladders that have extensions to protect your gutters. Or roofing companies will take your gutters off, and re-install them when they are done installing your roof.
  5. They will dispose of all your roofing waste. This is a HUGE task for homeowners…Renting a dumpster, and hauling all the materials into the dumpster after completing the job. Roofing companies and experts will tell you that this is the biggest pain (besides finding good labor) that they have to deal with as a roofing company.

We spoke with our friends at Westminster Roofing Pros out in Colorado, and they have been adamant to not let homeowners complete their roofing replacements without consulting a qualified roofer first.

Those are just six reasons to hire a solid roofing company. There are assuredly many great companies in your area, so check out some reviews or make some calls before hiring any of them!

We know a couple of roofing companies, so reach out to us if you need help finding one!

Saving your Money – Good or Bad idea?

When it comes to saving money on your roof, is that a good or bad idea? Only you can determine that, but our experience is that most of the time, it’s a very bad idea. We’re not going to tell homeowners that they can’t do certain roofing jobs by themselves. That of course depends on your level of skill and attention to detail. We have seen so many homeowners that are very skilled carpenters, and they have more than enough knowledge to add a roof to their house without an expert helping them. Some people can pick up roof repair or roof replacement from watching a video, or by reading a book. Some simply can not. The typical Do It Yourself expert will spend more money fixing things in the long run than they would if they would have spent more money and hired a bona fide roofer.

Roofing is a pretty simple job, but if it’s not done correctly, and all the steps aren’t done in the right order, homeowners will compromise the integrity of their roof. This post is designed to give the homeowner the requisite knowledge that you should just complete all the steps in order to secure your roof, and give you a few easy reminders about what it takes to do so.

    1. Consult with a roof professional before you install your own roof. You could pay a roofer for their time for an hour during the slow season, and ask them questions about installing roofs. If they are not busy, most of them would gladly let them pay you for their time if you insist on doing the job yourself. Roofers always want to do the job themselves, but they are not delusional enough to think that only they can perform a roof replacement.
    2. Read a book. There are plenty of books out there that will tell you exactly what to do in order to install a roof. Some may be more complicated, but others will be easy to understand. We recommend ‘The Complete Guide to Home Roofing Installation & Maintenance – How to Do it Yourself and Avoid the 60 Ways your Roofer can Nail You’. This book nails down the basics step by step, and also gives you some great advice on if you hire a roofer to do the job for you.
    3. Watch a Youtube Video: The below video is a good start

This video explains how to tear off the roof, and shows you some things that you will need to know, but you will also have to dig much deeper, and learn much more. As you can see in the video, and the narrator explains, you will have to plan ahead and understand the basics about tearing off a roof before you can even think about installing your own roof. Things like tar paper are a very important thing to consider when replacing a roof, so make sure you know what you are getting into.

If you have questions, or want to learn more, just leave a comment below, and we will try to get back to you shortly.


Know What to Do for Your Roof

When you live in a house, and not in an apartment from a complex, taking care of it and maintaining it might seem a challenge sometimes. This is because there are plenty of things to do around a house, and the bills are not the only ones that you have to take care of.

petry-roofing-supply-inc-about-us-fenton-mo-callout8If you have a yard, you have to make sure that it is properly maintained, but you also have to take care of the whole house, this meaning the exterior and the interior part of it. When thinking about this, many people forget to consider the roof of the house too, but what you surely realize now is that the roof is one of the most important parts of the house.

Because of this, taking care of your roof is very important and this needs proper maintenance just like any other part of your house. Don’t postpone checking it up or don’t avoid fixing it – if you do this, just think how much money it will cost you in the future.

Here’s what to do for your roof, at least from time to time.

Check It From Outside

Freund-Traditional-Roofers-Hammer-00114001-with-Neoprene-Handle-from-Rapid-Materials_grandeThis is usually called a visual inspection and you don’t have to pay someone to do it, as you can do it by yourself. Just step outside and look at the roof from any possible angle – you really have to see the entire surface of it, to make sure there are no missing pieces and no holes in it.

De-clutter the Draining Pipes

The draining pipes allow the water to fall directly on the earth, without touching too much of the walls in case of a heavy rainstorm. If the drainage is cluttered, that needs to be removed, especially when the rainy season comes.

Cleaning the debris can be easily done with a ladder and some gloves, as all you have to do is step up on the ladder until you reach the drains. Take out everything you find there, like dried leaves or other kind of debris that the wind can bring on your roof. Cleaned draining pipes will make it easier for the water to flow down.

Check the Inside

When you finish with these two steps, go inside and step up in the attic. If you have insulation in your attic, make sure that it is still intact. There should be no water spots, no mold and no humidity. If you see any of those, then this means that there is a breaking point on the roof where the water flowed inside. A small spot night mean a small damage, but if you see bigger water spots or water directly on the floor of the attic, then you need to call for a professional to check the structure of the roof.

The Roof Inspection

This is an inspection made by a professional. They are specially trained to identify any possible problem that you might have with your roof. They will also give you a written report with what is wrong and what it needs to be repaired, depending on the damage.

Roof1The next step after this is to call for a roofing company, but make sure you get someone who is licensed and has the knowledge to work with your roofing material. Not everyone is specialized in the same type of roofing, so choose carefully the person who you trust this job with.


House insurance is mandatory, but even if you feel that you pay some money for nothing, don’t be so sure about this. The insurance usually covers plenty of things, but to be sure about it, choose an insurance that also covers the damages made by the water elements. In this case, if your roof has been damaged after a storm or something similar like a heavy rain or a heavy snow, the insurance will cover the costs of the repairs or the replacement of the roof.