When it comes to any type of roofing work, whether it would be roof repair, installations or tear-offs, most people don’t think twice about hiring a professional to take care of these tasks. But from our experience here in Cedar Rapids, people are getting more skilled and informed about roofing work as there are so many home improvement professionals in this city.

This article is dedicated to those people who are confident enough to take care of their roof’s problems or renovation on their own. If you are an experienced roofer, we will never discourage you from doing it yourself, but what we will do is give you a few common sense advantages and disadvantages that will help you answer this question – should I work on my roof myself or hire a professional to do it?


Here are a few good tips on what to look for when hiring a certified roofing contractor

The Roofing Experience Gap

Our home improvement professionals have been serving local Cedar Rapids residents for over 49 years now. This allowed us to literally master every single roofing project we have done. Moreover, this level of experience virtually guarantees the success of every project we take on. Now, since we do not know how experienced you might be or how many roofing projects you’ve taken part in, it might make sense to work on your roof yourself.

choosing the right roofing professionals to take care of your roof

We always recommend choosing an expert, but we’ve found that if you have the following criteria, you might be able to do it yourself considering what type of roofing work you will be doing:

  • You need at least 3-5 years of practical experience in the roofing industry
  • Have vast knowledge about the structural components of your roof
  • Be educated on the most popular roofing projects


Unless you are a skilled roofer who owns a construction company or if you’re a homeowner who works as a roofer full time, it might be wise to hire an expert not because you might fail, but having a professional by your side will simply guarantee your success.


Mistakes Made On Your Roof Will Cost You More

Installing or repairing a roof is simple, but it’s not an easy task. Every single shingle that needs to be replaced must be installed flawlessly. If mistakes happen, your roof’s lifespan will be decreased dramatically due to the errors that you’ve made or the issue that caused you to get on your roof itself will not be taken care of in the first place.

The last thing we want you to do as a homeowner is to spend hours getting training, buying all of the necessary equipment and materials, spending long weekends on your roof and still failing to take care of your property’s roof just because you’ve made a few mistakes. We are not saying that you will make errors, but hiring a professional who has devoted his life to this craft will minimize the possibility of messing something up drastically.

an photo showing the pros and cons of hiring roofers versus doing it yourself

The Most Important Factor of Them All Is Safety

Here at A Plus Roofing and Gutters, the safety of our employees and our customers is paramount. Regardless of how much experience you have, how many roofs you have repaired or replaced, how many videos you’ve watched or how many training lessons you have taken – it is not worth it to risk your safety and well-being to save money on hiring a professional to take care of your roof.

Every single day, we have strict training procedures for our staff before starting any roofing job – this allows us to be cautious of our safety. We have all of the necessary equipment and training that allows us to minimize risk and continue serving our customers for almost 50 years without any problems.

photo of a man doing DIY roofing himself

Consider Saving Time By Hiring an Expert

As a homeowner that has a business or a job, it might make sense for you to spend your weekends working on your roof if you still feel like you have the experience needed. But also consider the total amount of hours that you will spend working on your roof. Perhaps that time can be spent more productively on the things that matter more to you, instead of wasting your effort and energy on something that can be done by certified professionals like us.

We sincerely hope that this article has helped you weigh the pros and cons of taking care of your roof yourself versus hiring a professional. If you’d like to learn more about us and our team in Cedar Rapids, you can visit our website and see if it makes sense for you to have a warm consultation with our support team and get an estimate. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter because we post new article ideas there as well.

Thank you for reading our article! Don’t forget to stay tuned for more because we will continue to educate every single homeowner that engages with our content and help them get more informed about topics that are related to roofing and home improvement!


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