Metal Roof Installation: DIY Or Hire A Contractor?

Posted on: 25 August 2016

A metal roof is a great alternative when you have some areas on your existing shingled roof that needs to be repaired or if you need a whole new roof due to damage or age. A metal roof has several advantages over asphalt shingles and other roofing materials. A metal roof is generally a lower-cost option and is easier to install. Plus, a metal roof is a great complement to almost any style of home. Once you have decided to install a metal roof, you need to determine who is going to handle the installation. You can do it yourself, or you can hire a metal roofing contractor to handle the work. The following information will help you make that decision.

DIY Roof Installation

If you don't have prior experience with installing roofing materials, this is likely not a job for you. However, if you have prior roofing experience, you can most likely handle this work yourself. You can purchase the materials from a roofing distributor and find a couple of knowledgeable friends to lend a hand. This will save you money on labor costs. Just make sure you get the right materials and tools, order enough supplies and get the proper plans for your roof. Don't forget the flashing around the chimney and other spots on the roof, and don't forget to properly install and seal everything. You also don't want to skimp on materials or try to rush the job to save even more money. If the roof ends up needing to be replaced again in the near future because of a poor installation, the project will have been a waste and will cost you more money in the long run. 

Hire a Contractor

While this is a more expensive option, it can save you a lot of time and hassle. In addition, when you hire a roofing contractor to install your metal roof, you can be sure that your roof will be installed properly the first time, with flashing around chimneys and properly installed corners, edges, and gutters. Plus, most contractors provide a warranty on the labor and installation of your roof, so if anything goes wrong within the warranty period, and the cause of the problems is attributed to improper installation, the contractor will come back to your home and make things right. For most people, hiring a contractor to handle this job makes the most sense and saves time and money in the long run.

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Hi, my name is Mitch. Before retiring a few years ago, I worked in the roofing industry. Over the years, I worked in nearly every capacity, ranging from apprentice to general manager of the company. I know that purchasing a new roof for your home can be expensive and a bit intimidating. My goal is to provide useful advice to help you make informed decisions when it comes to your new roof. I'm going to share information about different roofing materials and why you may want to consider one over another. I'll also share where you can cut costs, and how to choose a reputable roofing company. I hope you find this information valuable.

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