DIY (Do-it-yourself) because knowing is important.

Some people go the DIY route, because they want to learn more about that aspect of their home, or that acquire a specific skill set.  They want to know what makes a system work well.  They want to understand the strengths and weaknesses of various products.  And they want to learn what it takes to do the work properly.

I’ve had some people who were teaching themselves everything involved in building a house, and they were quite meticulous about learning the principles, the options available to them, the techniques underlying the installation process, and the ways to look for weaknesses or failure points.  When it came to making their roofing choices, they took their time (one couple took a full year before they went ahead with the decision to do it themselves), and took the recommended training to ensure they had everything done right.  They invested in the good-quality tools and they were very careful about their preparation.  I have found these people an absolute joy to work with – they ask a lot of questions, and if they don’t understand something, they keep on asking questions until they are satisfied that they have it figured out.  In the end, they get stellar results.

If you want to DIY for your roofing project, and you fit this profile, you will almost certainly have a very good result.  Call us to find out what parts of the plan you need to have in place, and what information you will need before making this decision.

Next Post:  You have your reasons for DIY – but can you?

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If we only knew then, what we know now…

Knowledge is a precious commodity.  It is usually appreciated after the consequences of the lack of knowledge become apparent.  If we only knew then what we know now…

There are, of course, various time-honored strategies for dealing with this.  One is blissful ignorance.  Another, related to the first,  is wishful thinking.  Still another, is finding stuff out on the internet, which bring to mind the admonition that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

This blog will share some of the insights that I have had over the almost two decades of working with people on their roofs.  The blog will look at actual examples, and discuss the lessons that can be learned.  It will explore the concerns and preoccupations of homeowners who are trying to ensure a solid roof over their heads.  And it will, if the interest is there, discuss what seems to work, and what definitely doesn’t.