DIY home improvement projects are trending, thanks in large part to numerous TV shows about the topic. However, most exterior remodeling projects don’t belong in this category, as they are simply too complex. In this blog, roofing company Spicer Bros Construction, Inc. examines the common reasons homeowners end up regretting undertaking DIY exterior home improvements.
The Project Scope Was Bigger Than Anticipated
The top reason homeowners regret taking the DIY route is because the project ended up taking much longer than expected. With certain projects such as roof or siding replacement, time management is important as the home will be left open to the elements. Therefore, one has to be able to set—and meet—certain goals to meet the expected completion date. In addition, many homeowners failed to anticipate the amount of physical labor and technical know-how required for exterior remodeling jobs. In most cases, homeowners had to turn to professionals to complete, and even correct, the work they started.
This is why when remodeling contractors like us say “leave it to the pros,” it’s not a matter of just selling our services. It’s because a roofing contractor has the experience to manage the installation timeline, the know-how to make sure the project is done correctly, and the equipment and manpower required to complete the job correctly the first time.
The Homeowner Caused Damage
An inexperienced DIYer can make critical mistakes, as evidenced by homeowners who had to call us in to fix structural issues caused by their own errors. Modern roofing systems feature components that are meant to work as parts of a complete system and should, therefore, be installed by a skilled, certified installer.
The Homeowner Got Injured
Exterior home improvement projects involve risk of injury, especially when it comes to roofing and gutter work. This is why professional installers undergo training and obtain certifications. With roof work, it’s important to know the right way to walk, which safety equipment to use, and how to quickly assess the risks involved in certain situations. Also, certified roofing contractors have workers’ compensation, which provides insurance coverage in the event of a workplace injury.
Spicer Bros Construction, Inc. is your leading provider of exterior remodeling services. Give us a call at (410) 546-1190 (Salisbury), and (302) 703-6754 (Delaware). You can also fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Lewes, DE, and Denton, MD.