Taking on DIY roofing projects can be a great way to reduce the amount of money you spend on your next roof improvement, repair, or replacement. The key to undertaking DIY roofing projects is that you know what you are doing, or know that you can learn the system and figure out what you need to do to your roof.
If you’re not very mechanically inclined, you need to make sure you have a clear understanding before beginning a DIY roofing project. But, if you have a knack for figuring things out, you may be able to just watch a few videos on YouTube and learn what you need to do to fix your roof.
Save Money on Materials
When you decide to take on your own roofing project, you can save big money on the materials required for the project. It’s not uncommon for a residential contractor to mark the price of their materials up 10-30% so that they can make a profit.
There’s nothing wrong with this, these people have to make money to eat, but you need to be aware of the markup when you are making the decision of whether or not you will undertake the DIY project. If you buy the materials yourself, you can often save money by avoiding the contractor markup.
However, this effect can sometimes be canceled out because contractors typically get discounts from their suppliers, and even with the markup you may still pay less money in the end. Just be aware of the possibility of a markup.
Save Money on Labor
Contractors also charge a fee for their labor, which is where they make the majority of their money. So, when you do the work yourself, you can often cut out half the of the project because you are no longer paying someone else to do the labor, you are performing it yourself.
Choosing to undertake a DIY roofing project can be a very difficult project, but you can also save a lot of money on the materials and labor required for your roof. Be sure you can figure out what to do on your roof before you start, but don’t write off DIY roofing as a great way to save money, because it is.