What Makes a Roofing Contractor?
Generally, roofing contractors either replace, or repair, the roofs on homes or buildings. But what makes a good roofing contractor?
Experience– There is no substitute for experience. Look for a roofing contractor that has at least 3 years on the job work experience. You don’t want someone guessing with your roof.
Knowledge– If your roof expired early or shows excessive damage, you need a roofer who is a root cause analysis expert. Was it originally installed incorrectly? Is there proper roof ventilation, insulation? Was there an outside factor like moss or mildew?
What the job entails
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), roofing contractors typically, “Inspect problem roofs to determine the best way to repair them; measure roofs to calculate the quantities of materials needed; replace damaged or rotting joists or plywood; install vapor barriers or layers of insulation; install shingles, asphalt, metal, or other materials to make the roof watertight; align roofing materials with edges of the roof; cut roofing materials to fit around walls or vents; and cover exposed nail or screw heads with roofing cement or caulk to prevent leakage.”
Some of the additional materials roofing contractors may work with include rubber, polymers, or tiles.
Normally, these contractors, also known as “roofers,” install rubber roofs on commercial buildings, using rubber sheeting materials, in order to make the buildings water/and or weather proof.
The process can also involve a hot tar, in order to make the rubber adhere to the roof.
And, when it comes to installing a new roof using materials such as shingles or metal, before the roofing contractors may install the new roof, they must remove the old roofing materials first.
This may involve removing or stripping the roof of its old shingles or metal.
Most roofing contractors do not need to have any particular sort of educational background.
However, it is helpful if they have taken workshops or courses that manufactures of roofing materials offer or have framing or ventilation backgrounds. All these things come into play when roofing is involved.
Some trade schools also offer instruction regarding how to become a roofing contractor.
In addition, roofing or construction companies may offer on-the-job training, or apprenticeship programs for roofing contractors, which is how many roofers have likely moved into the field.
According to BLS, trainees usually begin with simple tasks, such as carrying and moving materials and equipment.
Afterward, as time passes, they may begin learning how to measure and cut, then actually lay the materials onto a roof.
However, since there are so many types of roofing materials, it may take several years for a roofing contractor to become experienced in installing all types of roofs.
Customer satisfaction counts
This is one area that is most important. Ask for references and check them out, go to the BBB and see their ratings, even go to your town building inspection department to get their opinions. If there is one place you don’t what to roll the dice, it’s with your roof. The first line of defense from the elements.
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