DIY: Roofing Ideas For Your Home

Creative Roofing ideas for your home

Taking on the challenge of do-it-yourself roofing can be a scary task.  However, if you take the time to determine the best method for roofing in your area, you can save a ton of money.  Make sure to check with your neighborhood association (if you have one) to ensure that you are following the rules of the covenant before beginning.  Follow some of these tips and ideas before you begin your own roofing project.


If you are going to take on this project, be prepared to deal with heights, manual labor, and carrying heavy objects up ladders.  These are the basics of any roof install and should be considered prior to taking on this type of project.


You may want to speak with a professional in your area prior to starting.  They can come out and give free estimates on the roof repair or replacement and give ideas on what needs to be done.  You can search online for Fort Worth roofing and find legitimate roofers that would like to earn your business.  Even if you are not planning on hiring them for the job, they may provide insight or consultation services that are highly beneficial to your roofing project.

Materials to get Started

Before you get started, make sure you have all the materials you will need for your roofing project.  This includes ladders, nail guns with nails, shingles, roof caulking, hammers, flashing (if it is not still present) and vents for the roof.  You will also need to obtain the proper building permits to begin the roof work.

Shingle Type

Determine what type of shingles you will use on your roof prior to selecting all the rest of your supplies. There are asphalt shingle roofs, which tend to be the most affordable and can last for 20-30 years.  Wooden roofs are also a great option, although more expensive than asphalt, they are usually more aesthetically pleasing and can last from 30-50 years.  Metal roofs are also a nice option for steep or flat roofs and can last for up to 50 years.  They can be cheap if you choose the low galvanized metal option.  Tile roofs are another option, which is one of the most expensive kinds of roofs you can purchase.  However, these roofs can last up to 80 years.  Determine the length of time you plan on being in the home before you invest in the 80 year roof, which could cost you quite a bit.

Unique Roof Materials

Besides the normal roofing materials readily available, there have been innovative ideas for recyclable roofing materials.  There are reclaimed wood roofs that are excellent pre-weathered and sturdy wood roofs available.  There are also tin roofs that are made from flattened and recycled cans.  This is an extremely hard project to perform on your own though, not recommended for the DIY people.  There are even roofs made of recycled tires, which are great for insulation and fireproof properties.

Regardless of the materials and type of roof you choose to build, ensure that you read up on the roof installation tips and tricks.  There are subtle issues that may come up during the project and your local home improvement store should have staff available to help with any questions or concerns you may have.  Take your time and research the project before beginning and preparing for all outcomes.  Happy roofing!

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