A roofer, roofing contractor, or roofing repair technician is an expert in roof repair and installation. Roofers repair, replace, and install the roofs of commercial buildings, including homes, with a wide range of equipment, including steel shingles, asphalt, and other flexible materials. Roofers will usually start by cleaning the roof, applying a protective coat, and sealing it in preparation for the roof’s first use.
Some roofers are also skilled in insulation installation. This includes repairing leaky roofs, repairing damaged gutters, and making sure insulation provides adequate protection from heat and cold. Most roofers are also licensed and insured, as well as bonded and registered with the National Code Council (NCC). This ensures that their work is of professional quality.
Roofing repairs should be done only by qualified roofers. Roofers can be licensed or certified, but not both. They must be able to prove they are properly trained to fix the specific problems that exist on the roof. Certified roofers can pass tests to show that they have the skills and expertise needed to safely repair the roof. They must also be fully bonded and insured, to cover any claims that might arise from their work.
When the roof is repaired by certified roofers, they are also required to submit a yearly safety report to the NCC and/or insurance company. The report is a record of what roofers have performed to date to ensure the roof is safe for work and to ensure further improvements are being made. Roofing contractors who are not properly insured and licensed are not required to submit a safety report.
If you want to hire roofers, you should always check their credentials. Look for a certificate that shows they have been trained through the NCC. You should also make sure that the roofers have been certified by the local governing body, such as the Associated Builders and Contractors of Washington. You should also find out if they have passed all the NCC requirements to be able to work on your roof.
In order to avoid unnecessary accidents on your roof, it is important to have your roof inspected regularly. The most reputable roofers will conduct a yearly inspection of the roof and offer a guarantee for its continued good condition. They will also recommend materials for the best possible performance.
Most roofers can be contacted on the telephone, by email, or in person. If you prefer to contact a roofer by phone, most will take calls and emails. Ask how long the roofer plans to hold the service, and how often they plan to come to your home.
Roofers should be able to give you estimates without charging an up front fee. It is also important to request to see samples of their work. Make sure that the roofer you hire has passed all the NCC inspections and is insured. and bonded.