Roofers and the Roof
A roofer is a professional tradesperson who specializes in building roofs. Roofers usually repair, replace, and install the roofs of commercial buildings, with a range of different materials, such as asphalt, shingles, and cement. This type of roof construction may also incorporate a pitched roof and a gutter system. Other roofing systems used for residential use include slate, tile, wood shakes, metal guttering, tile, metal gutters, metal fascia, vinyl roofing, and ceramic roofs.
Roofers are responsible for maintaining the structural integrity of a building and are trained to inspect, diagnose, repair, assess and build or re-build a roof. They are responsible for inspecting and making sure that the building structures are secure, that the roof has adequate water drainage, that any defects in the roof structure are corrected, that the roof is in good repair, that the insulation has sufficient thickness, that the walls and ceiling of the building have the proper insulation, that the interior finishes and flooring are solid and that they are in good condition. They are also responsible for ensuring that the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical and plumbing systems in the building are working properly and in a satisfactory condition. Roofers also perform routine roof maintenance such as cleaning the shingles regularly, inspecting the siding, inspecting the attic, inspecting the rafters and framing, inspecting the eaves, checking the weather stripping, inspecting the ridge line and checking the flashing and siding systems.
Various types of roofs are available in the market. The most common roof material is asphalt shingles, which come in a wide range of textures, colors and thicknesses. Some asphalt shingles also provide a protective coating to the roof that prevents stains and other issues from seeping into the roof.
Other types of roofing systems include wood shakes, tile, metal shingles and vinyl shingles. Wood shakes are generally thin sheets of wood covered with a rubberized and weather-resistant sealant. Tile is very light in weight, usually made of ceramic tile and comes in many sizes and styles. Metal shingles are manufactured from sheets of steel and are generally less expensive and durable than wood shakes. Metal shingles are also resistant to termites. Vinyl shingles are made from synthetic polymers which are very durable and can be applied as a paint.
Roofers also specialize in roof repairs that include repair and replacement of roofs damaged by hail, storms, fire, vandalism and wind damage, as well as making repairs to roofs that have been damaged by hail, lightning, hail damage, vandalism or wind penetration. Asphalt roofs are typically constructed on the south or east-facing side of a building. They are also considered to be one of the strongest roofing materials due to their ability to withstand the strong wind load. Metal roofs, while being more costly, can withstand the extreme heat and cold of the winter and still be able to withstand severe thunderstorms.
It is essential to hire a roofer if you are thinking of installing a new roof. This will help reduce the cost of replacing your roof and also provides peace of mind because they will know exactly what the entire process will entail and will be fully trained and licensed to carry out the installation. For a reputable company you need to make sure that they have the necessary accreditation in the area in which you live and in which you want to have your new roof installed. Also take into consideration the amount of money and time it takes to do the work, as well as the quality of work, as the last thing you need is for you roof to crack while you are in the middle of the roof installation.