Can I do my roofing work myself, or should I hire a contractor?

Tue 14 May, 2013 11:34 pm
I’m facing the annoying problem of roof leak and want to repair it by myself but someone told me that I must call a roofer to do this.
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Wed 15 May, 2013 01:39 am
It depends on many things. If you have done the job before, or helped someone, it's a maybe. Still, if it has been leaking, there may be further damage that you aren't prepared or able to deal with. If that's a possibility, get a couple of bids and go with a contractor.
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Wed 15 May, 2013 10:24 am
Brian herewith endorse your enterprise
Elect windless day to do the tarpaper
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cicerone imposter
Wed 15 May, 2013 10:47 am
Depending on how long it's been leaking, you need to worry about mold and wood rot.

We just had our roof replaced, because our last roof was replaced in 1977. In the San Jose area, we paid over $13,000 for the new roof which included replacing all the pipes and cover for the chimney, and wood rot repair.

They had to remove two layers of old roof.

They placed a plywood foundation before adding the new roof.

The contractor did an excellent job, and I have recommended them on Angie's List.
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Thu 16 May, 2013 06:36 pm
Depends on the leak. If it's few a few loose or missing shingles, you could probably do it. Otherwise, the leak could stem from a different location, rotting boards, or all the shingles are bad. Either way, lift a bundle and try and carry it up a ladder before you get to a head of yourself. Now multiple that bundle by the size of the job...
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