If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.
In the roofing industry, there are companies that deal with many different kinds of projects. Some businesses only do work on flat roofs for commercial customers, for example. Others are focused solely on putting shingles onto residences. Many do a mixture of different types of jobs, and it's a good idea to know a little about the industry before you start calling contractors.
A flat roof is designed for simplicity and long-term maintainability. Flat roofs might not be the greatest looking things on the planet, but contractors can usually deal with them quickly because it doesn't take specialized equipment to work on a slope. Some aspects of the job can be a little tricky, such as using torches on roofs to apply rubber materials for sealing holes. Other elements, though, are pretty simple, such as swabbing roofs with roofing tar to keep up with regular maintenance.
When folks picture roofers, they often think of folks nailing down shingles to sloped roofs on houses. Shingles can generally be applied in between three and six layers before they have to be removed, and this can keep a roof in good shape for more than a century as long as a regular re-roofing schedule is maintained. Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used products, but there are also wood shingles that can create nicer-looking roofs.
A major challenge with shingled roofs is that they are almost always sloped. This makes the job more dangerous, and it also sometimes requires the use of what are called roof jacks to create work platforms on very sloped ones.
A metal roof is, as the name suggests, one that is made of metal materials. The specific problem that comes with using metal is that sheets of metal have to be crimped together. Roofers utilize a very special set of tools for this type of job, and it is common for companies to only specialize in doing this type of work. The task also calls for training in the use of those tools. Between the cost of materials and tools, this makes metal roofs more expensive.
Tiles and Slate
Thin sheets of rock or tiles can also be used to put a roof on a building. With these products, the primary issues are cost and waste. Pieces of tile and slate will get broken in transport and during installation, and that means higher cost.
Contact a roofing company near you in order to learn more.Share