Roofing Types, Tips, and How To’s

What Does My Roofing Professional Do?

If you’ve never had to hire a roofer, or even if it’s just been a while since you have, you’re probably wondering what exactly they do and what you hire them for.

Though that’s a question with many answers, we can help define some of the basic and most essential things your roofer does.

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At Its Most Basic…

At its most basic, roofing is about roof construction. Your professionals are going to be able to construct, draw up, and realize a roofing job whether it is residential or commercial. Roofers are also in charge of deciding which materials will be best for the job, which supportive equipment will be needed, and they also decide all the specifics of rafters/beams/etc. that the roof relies on for support.

Why? Because they have all the knowledge and training to make sure that your roofing project is going to turn out safe and efficient.

Repair, Replace, and Install

All roofers can repair roof damage that you might gather over the years from hailstorms, trees, snow, and sun. It’s a good idea to get your roof inspected every 3-5 years depending on the materials (3 for asphalt and composite/wooden shingle roofs, 5 for a tile roof). Or sooner, if there is any leaking or damage to your roof. Waiting to fix urgent issues like this can damage your home and cost you a lot more in the long run. So, get help today.

There’s a lot more to a roof than just shingles. That’s why hiring roofing professionals matters so much. It’s not as easy as tacking on some metal sheets with a nail and hammer (not that that would be easy in the first place). Roofers are a necessity when it comes to replacing or installing a roof.

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Education and Training

Part of being a roofer means being educated in mechanical drawing and mathematics. It also means staying up-to-date on building restrictions and permits and any current information about roofing.

Most roofers are mentored for a few years in apprenticeship programs before they go out on their own. In addition, they should have any insurance, state/federal credentials and licenses before you ever consider hiring.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If my roof is leaking, do I need to replace the whole thing?

A: Contact your roofing professional for an inspection. They will be able to pin point the origin of the damage and give you and idea of what kind of repairs you need. If you’ve done a good job maintaining your roof, chances are you won’t have to replace the whole thing.

Q: Can I roof over my existing shingle roof?

A: It depends. If your roof tiles are curling or damaged, if you’re roof is already too heavy, or if you have damage already (like a leak) then you probably shouldn’t. And double-roofing can void warranties sometimes. Check with your roofing pro to see if overlapping is ok for your situation.

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