Roofing is another significant part of the cost of your remodel or addition. If you are not afraid of heights, can do heavy lifting, and you are willing to learn the necessary skills, you can do your own roofing and save money. Check a few websites, pick up a good roofing book, or hire someone to help and supervise the work, and have fun. Just remember that the roofing boards, flashing, shingles or other roofing materials, and the guttering must be installed correctly or you risk leaks. Remember that different types and grades of wood for rafters are capable of supporting the roofing at different degrees of separation. Ask your contractor or lumber supplier about the strength of various woods before you buy, and plan the structure of the roof accordingly. Be sure you consider both the dead load and the live load your roof will need to bear. If you live in the north, you will need to factor in the need for the roof to bear such live loads as wind and snow.

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