Do it myself or hire a roofer?

Old 07-20-08, 03:14 PM
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Question Do it myself or hire a roofer?

I've taken on a 100-year-old house as a firs-time home owner and have learned a great deal in the last year about everything from electrical to plumbing to jacking up floors. I want to know if I should add roofing to that based on my situation.

Most of the roof on my house was is relatively new, but was done by a couple of hacks. It's in good shape except for a few places.

1. A small flat section of the roof with rolled asphalt is leaking (the drywall cracks below this section get moist after a heavy rain).

2. Above the garage, two different roof angles meet, with a drip edge and 4" trimboard between. The dripedge doesnt go out far enough, and the trimboard is rotting, causing the shingles attached to it to fall off, and water to seep below the lower roof section into the garage.

I'm pretty handy - but I'd have to rent or buy a 40' ladder to even get to the second problem. Should I attempt either of these fixes myself or hire a roofer? Is the flat roof just simply retarring and adding a second roll?

Thanks for any input!
Old 07-20-08, 03:20 PM
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roofing is one thing I would stay away from its a long way down from a 40 ladder and if your not used to /have all the proper safety gear you could wind up handicap or dead from a misstep

I would leave it to those who do it for a living
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I don't get up on the roof if I don't have to.
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It would not be any fun carrying heavy roofing materials up a 40-foot ladder. Hire professionals and make sure they have insurance. Good luck with your project.
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hire a good roofer,even run of the mill roofers have problems with those scenarios,you would need a specialist used to those type homes with experience

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