A. This is one of the most common questions posed to roofers. Unfortunately, roofers (and home improvement contractors) have a poor reputation. In fact, The Better Business Bureau has reported that 73% of homeowners don’t trust contractors. However, for your safety and the well-being of your roof, it is important to remember the following:
You could seriously damage your roof. If you improperly nail your roof, it may result in lifted shingles, ripples, and leaks. More drastically, there is the potential for your roof to collapse. Beyond risking costly damage to the structure of your home, you risk bodily damage as well.
It may not even be legal. Depending on the location of your home, your homeowner’s association, and your county’s building code, it may be illegal for a homeowner to do work on their home. Even if it is legally allowed, you will have to pass building inspections.
You may void your manufacturer’s warranty and/or your homeowner’s insurance. Improper installations of roof replacements have resulted in manufacturers or homeowner’s insurance companies not covering a roof that was not installed by a trained, licensed contractor.