Roofers, as the name suggests are construction workers who repair, build, replace roofs. It is a job which requires a lot of caution and attentiveness as they have to climb to house’s and building’s roofs for their work and it is not easy to concentrate at such a height. Hence to be a good roofer one must be comfortable with heights. They use various materials such as shingles, galvanized steel, gravel and bitumen for installation and repair processes. It is a tough job and very challenging physically as the roofers have to climb roofs, lift heavy objects often in very hot weather. Roofing demands a lot of time and staying power, usually involving long working hours. Proper roofing is very important to a house because if it is not properly installed then many problems such as water leakage which can lead up to structural damages as well. There are no mandatory educational requirements for roofers, they learn the work on the work site itself, as assistants with more experienced workers. Though some enter after an apprentice program where on-the-job training is combined with classroom instructions.
There are mainly four kinds of roofers:
There are mainly four kinds of roofers:
In addition to these, there are many other kinds of roofers like metal roofers, asphalt roofers and slate roofers who have specialization with a specific type of material. There are two types of roofs:
The low-slope roof rises no more than 4 inches per horizontal foot. It is installed in layers commonly called “plies”. This type of roofing is usually done on industrial, commercial and apartment buildings. The stature of a steep-slope roof is more than 4 inches per horizontal foot. These roofs are usually covered with asphalt shingles, the least costly among all other building materials. This type of roofing is usually done on residential houses. With the development of technology, solar shingles are increasingly used to turn the roof into a solar reflective system. These convert sunlight into electricity for powering the house. Apart from building and repairing roofs, roofers also specialize as water proofers and damp proofers spraying roofs and walls with bitumen-based material called roofing felt consisting of two membranes which bind and seals it.
There are further styles of the roof which is constructed according to the choice of the house owner:
These are the various kinds of services that almost all the up to date roofing companies provide:
There are different kinds of roofing contractors who specialize in their respective spheres, they are listed here:
The contractor is the one who is in charge of everything. All the roofers work under him. He has to oversee all the roofing process and identify the best solution and plan for the owner. It is his responsibility to make sure that all the work is completed in due time to the satisfaction of the owner. He is the one who deals with the customers and helps him make an informed decision on what kind of roof he wants and the material that should be used. He must find all the supplies and materials needed for the work, which should be of the finest quality and works well with the weather conditions. It is their task to devise out the most affordable plan that works well with the budget of the person concerned and no additional costs occur in the middle of the project. Residential roofing contractor work on houses and residences while for buildings and office blocks, it is better to hire a commercial roofing contractor. The license requirements of a roofing contractor vary from place to place. Some states require a certain roofing license while some require that the roofing contractor should hold a building contractor or home improvement license. Some do not demand any license at all.
A roofer has to be quick and dextrous in his job as the job has a high risk of injuries and illnesses. Most of the roofers work full time, except in northern states where work is halted during winter months as ice could be dangerous. Employment of roofers is estimated to grow by 11 per cent in the next ten years, which is faster than the average rate of increase in other occupations.