In many cases, roofing specialists are also roofers. They commonly work together with roofers, installers, and roofers to complete roofing projects. Some roofers perform only one type of job, while others can perform several different types of jobs.
There are different kinds of Roofing Company contractors, residential roofers being the most common. The residential roofing contractors’ main task is to ensure that houses have a safe and healthy living environment for their residents. Residential roofers do this by installing roofs for houses, condominiums, townhouses, row homes, duplexes, mobile homes, and mobile-home parks. These roofs also protect people and their possessions from natural elements. Roofers ensure that roofs are functional and in good condition and durable, and attractive to potential buyers.
Commercial roofers perform roofing tasks for businesses. They replace or install roofing materials, clean gutters, repair cracked or broken glass, install insulation, replace damaged flashing, repair skylights, patch leaks, and caulking cracks and leaks. Most commercial roofers use asphalt, shingles, gypsum, fiberglass, wood, plywood, block, concrete, tile, slate, and plastics. They can also perform jobs like installing metal flashings, fixing broken or torn down fences, building decks, renovating bathrooms, attics, garages, and sheds, installing fire escapes, and installing roofs over parking lots decks and other structures.
In contrast, residential roofing companies concentrate on repairing or replacing roofs on houses and properties owned by people. The usual tasks include installing insulation, cleaning gutters, repairing broken or cracked glass, installing fire escapes, patching leaks, caulking cracks and leaks, repairing skylights, repairing roof eaves, installing crown molding, installing attic floors, replacing siding, replacing windows, and doors, and adding soundproofing. In addition to this work, homeowners can also hire a contractor to install a patio or a porch, put down a swimming pool, install efficient skylights, replace leaky pipes, replace roof decking materials, build walkways and walls and paint the house and exterior of their home. Remodeling contractors usually carry out these services.
As aforementioned, there are many differences between commercial roof installation and residential roofing contractors. One of these is that commercial roofers must undergo special safety training, because they work with large and heavy materials. Another difference is that commercial roofing contractors cannot do as much self-repair work because larger commercial structures usually require more advanced tools. Still, other differences have to do with the kinds of materials that commercial roofing contractors use and the processes involved.
For example, asphalt shingle roofs are not recommended for low slope areas because of the danger of falling debris. Similarly, tile roofs pose several problems, including improper drainage. Most roofers use rubber roofing systems. This material has excellent water resistance abilities, but it is susceptible to punctures, puncture marks, moss growth, and algae growth. In addition, they are quite noisy.
In addition, roofers are required to follow strict codes when installing, repairing, and maintaining commercial buildings. In most states, contractors have to be licensed. The state contractor’s license number can usually be found on the invoice of a service provider. However, in some states, this number is not included on the invoice. Before a contractor can start working on a roof, he/she must obtain an insurance policy which will cover him/her if any property is damaged by his/her work. In addition, roofing materials such as tiles, asphalt shingles and slate require rigorous quality control because roofing materials such as these are used outdoors.
Also, roofers may prefer to work on single-ply roofing materials. Single-ply roofing materials are made up of one or more layers of metal strips, asphalt shingles or silica tile. While they are more durable compared to multi-ply roofing materials, they have to be carefully assembled. Moreover, they are more expensive and their installation requires expert knowledge.