The average cost of installing a new roof ranges from $5.00 to $7.00 per square foot. This means that if you own a 2,000 square foot home you can expect to pay $10,000 to $14,000 for a new roof. You can save a substantial amount of money, however, by taking the job on yourself.
Here are just a few professional roofing tips you can use if you decide to take a DIY approach to your roofing project:
Rent a Dumpster
One of the most labor-intensive aspects of a roofing project is cleaning up and hauling away old roofing materials. Although many DIY roofers choose to collect and haul away the detritus that accumulates during a roofing project, this approach can actually cost you more time and money. Without renting a disposal bin you will need to collect the hundreds of pounds of discarded roofing material that your project generates, load it into the back of a truck, drive it to a landfill, pay a disposal fee, and drive home. You can save yourself a considerable amount of time and money by opting to rent a dumpster instead.
Provide Ground Cover
You are likely to use over 450 nails per square foot that your roof that you install. Conversely, this means that when you remove old layers of roofing singles you are likely to pry up thousands of nails. In addition to nails, many old roofs have layers of shingles that can pose potential health risks. To make sure that you efficiently capture these old nails and crumbling roofing shingles, you should consider laying tarps below each stretch of the roof that you work on. When you’re ready to move on to a new section of the roof, you can simply fold up or carry your tarps to the dumpster you’ve rented.
Rent Safety Equipment
Roofing is among the most dangerous DIY home improvement projects. Not only are you high off the ground, but you’re also completing manual labor on a sloped surface. Unless you plan on roofing your home every few years, the most cost-effective way to ensure you’re safe during your roofing project is to rent safety equipment. Here are two pieces of safety equipment used by professional roofing contractors:
- Safety Harness: a safety harness is an easy-to-use bit of safety equipment that can prevent you from tumbling off your roof. The key to using a safety harness is to make sure that the roof anchor and safety line attached to your roof harness is securely installed and short enough to arrest your fall.
- Scaffold Platform: in addition to having a sufficiently long ladder, you should consider renting a scaffold platform. A scaffolding platform provides you with a stable base to store and move your tools and roofing materials up to your roof.
A roof’s primary job is to hold up to wet weather. When strip your roof down to its bare bones, you have the opportunity to effectively weatherproof it. Spending a bit more time and money weatherproofing is likely pay-off over the lifetime of your roof. Many professional roofing contractors install these extra weatherproofing features:
- Double Tarpaper: if water ever breeches your shingles or flashing, adding an extra layer of tarpaper can help preserve your roof decking and prevent wood-rot.
- Seal Flashing Seams: many roofs leak because water is able to breach flashing seams. Before you finish installing new shingles, you can seal flashing your flashing seams with a rubber-roofing product. It’s important to make sure that you smooth down the rubber-roofing product that you use with a putty knife.
Summer is primetime to enjoy some sunshine and repair your roof. These roofing tips can help a DIY roofer, roof like a professional.