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When Do You Need a Roofing Contractor?


We are living in a more and more DIY-leaning society. People are becoming very willing to do things themselves rather than contact a professional. This can be a good and a bad thing depending on the expertise of the DIYer. Right or wrong, that is the way society is moving. DIY and try to save some money or get the satisfaction of completing a task yourself. Well, as a building owner or facility manager, how do you know if you can work on your roof yourself? Your roof needs to be inspected bi-annually and it needs to be repaired if necessary after each inspection. Can you perform these inspections yourself? Can you perform the repairs yourself? Ask yourself these questions to see if you might need a roofing a contractor.

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Some jobs can be DIY, but others will require a contractor.

Are You Capable of Completing the Repairs Safely?

The first question you need to ask yourself before undertaking a DIY roofing project is can you complete the inspections and repairs safely? If you know how to do the work, but don’t have proper safety equipment, don’t do it. Perhaps you don’t know exactly how to do it but you found some guides online or in your roof maintenance packet. If you can figure it out, then go for it. Just make sure you can be safe. If you don’t know how to fix your roof or can’t do it safely, call a professional.

Do You Have the Time to Do the Work?

Have you been talking about inspecting your roof or making a repair for the last 9 months? You may be too busy to get the job done. Are your minor leaks developing into big problems because you never quite get to them? You might need a roofing contractor. Don’t be afraid to admit that you’re too busy to get the job done. Denying that you don’t have time means the roof won’t get fixed and the problems will get worse, and then you’ll really need a roofing contractor.

Can You Save Money By Doing It Yourself?

Finally, is it worth making the repairs or performing the inspection yourself? Most roofing companies (including IRC) are well-equipped to make quick, efficient repairs. These tasks can be completed for a very fair price that is affordable for you and often worth your time. Rather than spend multiple days working on a problem, it is often worth your time to make a 5-minute call and wring your hands of the problem. The roofing contractor can then come in and make the repairs very quickly.


Working on your roof yourself can be very satisfying and can save you some money, but not always. Ask yourself these three questions before taking on any DIY roofing project to make sure you don’t waste time, money, and put yourself in danger.

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