A roofer, also known as a roofing technician, roofer or roofing contractor, is an individual who specializes in the repairing, building, or replacing of roofs. Roofers repair, install, and replace the roofs of commercial buildings, with a range of different materials, such as wood, asphalt shingle, bitumen, shingles and metal roofing systems. The term roofer is sometimes used to describe a roofing company, while roofers are more often referred to as contractors are also referred to as roofers. Contractors can also refer to themselves as roofers, but this is more often reserved for the construction industry than for roofing contractors. Roofing repairs can be very labor intensive and costly, so if you’re considering contracting with a professional, it’s a good idea to know the difference between a roofer and contractor.
Roofers are not just people who fix roofs, they are also contractors. When a roofer replaces a roof, such as asphalt shingle roofs, he is not a contractor, although that would fall under his area of specialty. Instead, he is a roofing specialist, who specializes in repairing asphalt shingle roofs. He is most likely a roofing technician and is able to offer roofing repairs, as well as roof maintenance.
It is also possible for a roofer to specialize in the repair of asphalt shingle roofs, although these types of roofs are not widely used in residential construction and repair. In these cases, the roofing contractor will work on a residential roof, although some do also specialize in the residential roof. Commercial roofs are usually more specialized and require the services of a roofing specialist. Residential roofing specialists can typically handle all types of roofs, from asphalt shingle roofs to aluminum and fiberglass roofs to shingled roofs, although there are specialized contractors that only work on residential roofs.
When a residential or commercial roof is damaged or needs repair, roofers will first conduct a survey to determine the extent of damage, before performing any repairs. They may need to remove any damaged shingles or asphalt shingles to determine which type of material was affected. To avoid further damage to the roof, they will then need to take the damaged materials back to their facility and clean them properly and prepare them for reuse, which includes cutting the material into smaller pieces to form ladders or blocks for lifting or removing them.
Once the damage has been determined, a roofer will then begin the process of fixing or repairing the roof. One common roof repair method used by a roofer is known as “tacking”. This method involves attaching the damaged sections of the roof together, with a joint compound that is applied to the joints between the two sections of the roof. By tacking the parts of the roof together, the damage is limited and the repair is much easier to do.
When a contractor begins repairing a roof, he will use a sander or other equipment to help with the repair process. Once the sander begins to smooth out the areas where the material is damaged, the damaged sections will be laid over the joint compound to ensure that the repaired sections are properly aligned. A plumber or someone else who specializes in repairing roofs will also be called in at some point to finish the repair, if the work has not been completed adequately.