Thanks to programs like The Block, we’re seeing an increase in DIY work and renovations.
As tradies, we completely understand why.
That sense of pride you get when you finish a job or share your experience with others? We feel it too – that’s why we got into trades!
It’s that a lot of DIY-ers are biting off more than they can chew, and paying the price for it.
Case in point: new metal roof installation.
Roofing projects are not the same as other DIY projects. If installing a new door is playing a game of cricket with your friends, then roofing is participating in The Ashes Series.
Very few people are up to the challenge of performing roofing installations and repairs.
When it comes to roofing, it should always be left to a professional – and here are just some of the reasons why…
1) A professional guarantees quality metal roofing materials
Quality materials are important in any renovation project. When it comes to your roof however, it goes from important to critical.
Your metal roofing protects you from the elements. You’ll want to choose strong roofing materials, otherwise you might see:
- Roof leaks
- Outside elements getting in
- Poor insulation
- Complete collapses
You might not know what materials work best. But a professional roofer does.
Roofing contractors make sure to choose long-lasting roofing materials – after all, if your roof collapses, so does their reputation.
Moreover, a professional roofer has been in the business for longer. They’re more acquainted with the different materials on the market, as well as their performance.
And that’s exactly why we at Watermaster Roofing choose COLORBOND metal roofing. Click here to learn more about its virtues.
2) A professional will save you money in the long-run
One of the most common reasons for doing your own home improvement is the almighty dollar.
If you think you doing DIY roofing can help you reduce the cost of new metal roof installation, then you might be in for a nasty surprise.
That’s because very few DIY-ers know what they’re doing when it comes to new metal roof installation.
Roofing isn’t like mounting a new TV to a wall – the chance of something going wrong is much, much higher.
And when that happens, you could be left paying huge sums out of pocket to get it fixed.
3) Professional metal roof installation comes with a warranty
Sometimes, things go wrong. And when it does, you’ll want to be covered.
Most metal roof installers offer a workmanship warranty. This protects home and business owners, especially if there are any problems after repair and installation.
Essentially, workmanship warranty covers you in the off-chance you require post-installation repairs. If this does happen, your roofer will come out and fix whatever’s wrong for you.
4) It’s safer, end of story
When talking roofs, safety is the number one priority. Don’t risk yours by performing DIY roofing work!
It’s estimated that there were 29 fall-related fatalities in the 2010-11 period. And these are on sites where proper safety procedures are in place.
Honestly, this should go without saying. Roofing is inherently more dangerous than most trades – that’s why so much of the relevant qualification revolves around safety at heights.
Don’t risk your wellbeing – new metal roof installation should be left to the pros.
5) Finally, it’s illegal!
Under regulations created by the Victorian Building Association (VBA), building work must be carried out by a licensed builder.
The law is pretty clear on this – if it’s more complex than changing a lightbulb or installing a new tap washer, you’ll probably need to get the relevant tradesperson to do it for you.
If it’s found that building work is performed by an unregistered builder without an appropriate building permit, you could be fined to the tune of thousands of dollars.
Then there’s the question of council permits too. If you don’t get the proper renovation permit from the local council, they can force you to pay a hefty fine.
And without a licensed roofer on your side, they’re not going to grant you the permit you need.
The moral of the story? Get a professional roof installer.
Planning new metal roof installation?
Watermaster Roofing takes care of all your metal roofing needs
We know DIY is “in” right now.
But unless you’re a licensed roofing contractor yourself, we recommend leaving it to the professionals.
And that’s where we come in.
Watermaster Roofing provides you with complete roofing services, from roof installations to roof plumbing and gutter cleaning.
We’ve been in the business for 20 years now. With the right combination of skills and experience, our team get the job done to the highest standard possible.