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If your roof is in need of urgent repair, you have come to the right place. I am not a roofing contractor, but I have just finished replacing the roof on my home when the old one failed. The contractor I called in helped me to assess the condition of my old roof and to choose the right type of material to replace it with. He carried out the work quickly and kept me informed about what he was doing. I have learnt so much from the experience that I wanted to share my new found knowledge with the rest of the world.

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DIY or Let a Professional Handle Roof Replacement?

by Krin Rodriguez

A roof replacement might seem like an easy task that a handyman can easily do. This might be true, but you need to know various things before you attempt your DIY skills:

What Experience Do You Have?

There are, of course, different types, materials and designs of roofing. Laying a sheet metal roof on timber trusses might not be that difficult for a handyman. The problem comes when you need to install tile or glass roofing in a particular design; you need to have the right skills and experience to correctly install tile and glass roofing. It might not be as simple as arranging the tiles on a rooftop; you may require to apply some compounds on different areas to prevent water from leaking into your house through the roof.

Can You Work Safely At a Height?

You first need to not be afraid of heights. If you aren't, what safety precautions have you taken to avoid falling from the roof during roof replacement? Do you even know the safety precautions to take? What about PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment)? Do you know or possess the ones required? If these are things that you are finding out you don't know about, it might be better using a professional roof replacement specialist.

A roof that is damaged to the extent of requiring replacement is also not safe to step on. You can easily find yourself falling off the edge of your roof or going through your roof. This can cause serious injuries and even death. A roof replacement does not cost much, hire a qualified roof replacement specialist and avoid temporary or even permanent injuries.

You might be trying to save a few coins only to incur much more than you would have paid for the roof replacement service in hospital bills and when you have to hire a roof replacement specialist.

Do You Have an Asbestos Roof?

If you have an asbestos roof, you are legally not allowed to remove it without qualification. The reason is that asbestos causes lung cancer and other respiratory diseases. If you happen to handle asbestos unprofessionally, you might get yourself sick. Additionally, if you dispose of it in the wrong way, you might make other people sick, such as your family, visitors, and any other person who may come into contact with asbestos.

If you need to remove an asbestos roof, consider letting a roof replacement company handle it. 

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