Metal Roof Installation: DIY vs Contractor
If you are planning on a metal roof installation for your home or business, you are probably wondering if it would be better to hire a contractor or to attempt to do it yourself. There are many reasons to go either way with this project.
The main reason people want to do the work themselves is because of the high cost of metal roofing pricing and labor. Hiring a person who is trained to do the job means that they have a great deal of skill and expertise in that field. They set their fees based on their level of training as well as the time they actually spend working for you.
A lot of folks think they can handle a DIY project such as a metal roof installation because roofing manufacturers provide step by step construction guidelines along with the supplies. A certain supplier maintains that they have actually worked with spouses who have managed to install a new roof, but that have not divorced! This supplier refers to spouses who were given such detailed guidelines, there was no need to argue about the job.
There is much concern over dishonest persons that have been taking advantage of individuals across the nation. Such persons will present themselves as professionals, and give an official looking proposal to do your repairs. Should you agree to the price, they claim to need money "to pay for supplies". They will then disappear before work has even begun. If you have any doubts, consult with a professional organization or the local better business bureau.
Hiring a contractor can be beneficial for many reasons. First, he will have expert knowledge of the intended project. Most likely, the costly errors that occur most frequently with persons who decide to do a project themselves will not be encountered by a licensed contractor. In addition, he will most probably be aware of all metal roof installation requirements and regulations that must be met, not only to successfully pass inspections, but also to offer a quality product. Finally, he should be capable of completing the job efficiently and minimize the incurred cost of labor and materials.
Finally, if upon completion, there are any issues with the roof, a metal roofing contractor will know how to remedy the situation. If one does the roof himself, chances are the mistake and all the costs associated with that mistake are going to be his.
For those considering metal roof installation, there are advantages to either hiring a contractor or installing the roof yourself. The advantages of doing it yourself include: 1) savings on metal roofing pricing and labor costs; 2) detailed instructions that come with the roof are easy for beginners to follow; and 3) avoids dealing with a fraudulent contractor. The advantages of hiring a metal roofing contractor include: 1) the contractor will avoid making costly mistakes; 2) the work should easily pass inspection; 3) the contractor should be able to perform the work efficiently, which will keep costs down; and 4) any issues with the roof will be the responsibility of the contractor.
Published January 28th, 2008
Filed in Family