A roofer, roofing contractor, or roofing mechanic is a skilled tradesman who deals in roof construction. Roofers install, repair, and replace the roofs of commercial buildings, employing a range of materials, such as asphalt, bitumen, shingles, and wood. They perform these tasks with the aid of specialized tools and equipment, such as nail guns, power saws, wire cutters, and angle grinders.
Roofers are engaged in several activities while they work on a roof. They include applying sealants and paints, removing surface stains, repairing damaged areas, and installing materials over old roofs. Asphalt shingle roofs are the most common type of roof used by roofers, followed by metal, wood, slate, concrete, and tile roofs. The scope of work for a roofer depends on the type of roof, they deal with and the complexity of the task. For instance, roofers may install a simple single-ply roof over a tar or gravel roof, or they may construct a state-of-the-art roof over a complex sub-structure.
Roofers provide the materials they need to install the roof. These include the roofing material, roof sheets, tar paper, cement, protective roofing materials such as felt paper, roofing nails, hinges, clips, and a ventilation system. It is important for roofers to properly install the materials they use because if they do not, leaks may occur sooner or later. For example, loose roofing materials that are not tightly packed can allow water to leak into the ceilings and cause mold to form.
Other occupations required anywhere where one works include plumbing, masonry, roofing, painting, and construction. A plumber usually needs to have some general carpentry experience to learn about what is needed to construct a house, because building a house usually involves constructing rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and floors. A plumber usually needs to have at least some general plumbing experience, because most houses require plumbing work. Other occupation types in the list of required experiences include carpenters, painters, architects, bricklayers, and electricians.
Other requirements for these jobs include the types of roofing materials used, types of roofing systems used, and types of adhesives used. Asphalt shingles are the most common types of roofing materials, which are typically referred to as asphalt tiles. Other roofing materials that are used include clay tiles, wood shakes, slate, tiles made from metal mesh, granite, concrete, granulated masonry, rubber tiles, gypsum, and polycarbonate sheets. A roofer needs to know how to properly install these materials because each type of roofing material has its own installation requirements.
For houses that do not have roofs, a contractor might install temporary roofing materials. One of the most popular types of roofing materials are asphalt shingles. These shingles are made from asphalt, which is ground dirt. Most asphalt shingles are single ply, which are constructed by sewing together strips of fabric, called asphalt shingle fabric, that can then be layered to form a single, durable layer. Because of the durability and strength of single ply shingles, they are often used as the only underlying layer, although they can be installed onto pre-existing structures using asphalt shingle tape.
To install shingles onto roofs, a roofer uses different types of roofing materials. For houses that do not yet have roofs, the roofer uses tar paper, cement board, gypsum, clapboard, or other materials that are pressure treated so they will stay on the roof. For houses that already have roofs, the roofer will often install sheetrock or ceramic tile roofs. When it comes to installing shingles on tar paper, there are some important tips to keep in mind to ensure the integrity of the roof.
In many cases, roofs need to be installed on tar paper, because it is an excellent barrier against moisture and termites. To make sure that these roofs are properly installed, a roofing company will usually put on protective coatings to help prevent rain and snow from seeping into the roof surface. They will also use hand tools such as knives and electric powered saws to cut away at the shingles and the edges of the roof. If a roofer uses vapor barriers, it will stop the water vapor from leaking into the attic, where it can cause damage to your home’s structure.