A roofer is a specialized roofing contractor, who specializes in repairing, replacing, and constructing the roofs of commercial buildings. Roofers use various materials, such as asphalt, shingle, and metal, to repair, build, and replace the roofs of commercial buildings. The most commonly used roofing material is asphalt shingles. In addition to commercial uses, roofers can repair residential roofs as well.
One of the main functions that a roofer performs is installing roofing materials. Roofing materials come in many forms and are available in a wide range of prices. Roofing materials include asphalt shingles and other forms of roofing products, such as wood shakes, slate, tile, corrugated metal, fiber cement, etc. The cost of these products depends largely on the type of material and the quality of the product.
Roofing contractors and roofing experts use various methods in performing their jobs. They often use manual equipment, such as a hammer and an electric screwdriver. However, some contractors prefer using power tools. Some contractors prefer using traditional tools, such as a chisel, hammers, and trowels, to perform their jobs. Most roofers use the latest tools and equipment to complete their projects.
Roofers use special equipment for repairing roofs. Some of these tools include: concrete saws, jacks, concrete mixers, hydraulic trucks, cranes, hammer, nails, clamps, screwdrivers, screws, shims, saw blades, chisels, shears, caulkers, caulk, concrete mixers, roofing shingle sheets, roofing shingles with polyurethane foam, and rubber cement, among others. In some states and cities, roofers also need to have a license, especially if they are carrying out work on residential homes. To be able to obtain such license, they should have experience and also pass an exam. Most of the licenses are required by state and federal regulations. Some of the requirements may differ by each state. Other requirements may also vary from city to city.
A special license is required to repair asphalt shingles. For asphalt shingle repairs, most roofers require at least five years experience in this field. Other roofing materials also require special licenses. These include tile and wood shake.
Roofers also have to have certification from the American Society of Mechanical Technicians (ASMP) in order to work as a licensed contractor. Roofers also need to get certification from the state in which they intend to work. In addition to this, they also need to get a license from the Federal Building and Safety Inspections Bureau or a state Building and Safety Commission (BISI).