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Install a new roof

By Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Media Services

Do It Yourself or Not?

5:30 AM EDT, October 7, 2013

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A new roof is a big investment that increases the value of your home. It's a practical and aesthetic improvement when you consider it an opportunity to enhance the appearance of the house and renew the first line of defense against the elements.

To get ideas for roofing materials and colors, drive through neighborhoods of houses similar to yours and take pictures of those you like. Take your time, and consider various combinations of siding and trim in colors you currently have or may be contemplating for your home. When you know what you want, you're ready to get estimates from roofers.

A roofer will charge $5,821, which includes the labor and material, to install top quality 30-pound fiberglass shingles on a single story house with a 2,000-square-foot roof. The cost will be considerably more if there are several layers of old roofing to remove, or if your roof has high peaks and deep eaves.

While you could do it yourself for $3,200, the cost of the materials, don't. Roofing is definitely a job for a professional because it's dangerous and difficult work. Just hauling heavy shingles up a ladder is strenuous even for the most physically fit. Save your talents and time to tackle projects closer to the ground. And before you begin, remember to find out if a permit is required from your local building department.

To find more DIY project costs and to post comments and questions, visit http://www.diyornot.com and http://www.m.diyornot.com on smartphones.

Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved

$5,821 -- $3,200 -- 49.8 -- 55.0 -- $2,621 -- 45 Percent

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