There are many joys in being a homeowner, and one of the greatest, is the joy of doing repairs and construction on your own home, with your own hands. Some tasks are easy enough, but not all are that simple. It must be considered a good thing, to be able to tell which tasks you can safely do yourself – and which to leave to professionals. Very often, roofing falls in the last category, and there is no shame in admitting it to yourself.
Of course, many of us are adventurous by nature, and like a good challenge. If you absolutely must tempt fate, a flat garage roof is perhaps within the realm of what you can realistically construct with success – even if you have never done any roofing before. Certainly, if you can settle for a simple construction using roofing sheets, you could very well succeed. A felt roof, however, may be too much for a first-time roofer – especially if you are building it from scratch. There are plenty of tricky details and finishing touches you must master on such a roof – if you don’t, you could end up with a leaking roof as a result.
Remember that is is often not the woodwork (trusses, rafters, underlayment) that causes problems for beginners – it is more likely to be the cladding itself that gives you trouble. This is because details around parapets, drip edges and the basic overlapping techniques take a little experience and learning, before you can perform them properly – certainly when we are talking about roofing felt. If you don’t feel safe taking on roofing after all, don’t be embarrassed to call for some roofing quotes from professional contractors. After all, there are still plenty of things to do with your own hands around the house, so there is no need to feel bad!