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What is a Roofer?

A roofer is a professional who specializes in roof construction. Roofers monitor the entire process of roofing in residential as well as commercial construction. They analyze the construction plans and make sure that the roofing is done in strict accordance with the design. Roofers also determine the materials, substrates and supportive accessories to be used for roof installations. Even the specifications of the beams, trusses and rafters upon which roofs are installed are decided by roofers.

What does a Roofer do?

A roofer works on the tops of buildings installing, maintaining and repairing roofs using a variety of materials. They can work on the tops of both commercial and residential buildings and on construction sites. Roofers are often responsible for the whole process of roofing from inspecting a roof for damage or wear to sourcing materials and completing repairs.

Roofing Services

Residential Roofing Services

You might think that a roof is a roof and that’s that. However, there are different roofing types, depending on the type of building and the material used. Residential roofing is used on regular residential buildings. It’s one of the simpler types of roofing, where the only real obstacle can be the chimney. They are mostly straightforward to create and install. However, you still need quality materials and a proper professional roofing business that knows how to do the job right. In addition to this, residential roofing varies in design. However, the design is rarely as important as the fact that the roof needs to be easy to maintain, repair, and replace if necessary.

Commercial Roofing Services

Commercial roofing systems differ radically from residential roof systems. The principal reason for this is due to the fact that commercial roof systems have a different purpose. Commercial roof systems are usually far larger, typically flat, and need to be built to last. While residential roof systems can be more intricate and streamlined for individual purposes (and are usually composed of asphalt shingles) commercial roof systems are more generic and engineered to fit the purpose of the building. Commercial flat roof systems vary in roofing material, ranging from EPDM to modified bitumen, to TPO or PVC.

Full-Service Residential Roofing

we provide all residential roofing services. Let’s explore some of our popular residential roofing solutions:

  • Residential Roof Installation: If you’re building a new home, our roof installation team can implement a new roof for you immediately.
  • Residential Roof Replacement: If you’re searching for a roof replacement service, we’ll remove your existing roof and install new roofing materials.
  • Residential Roof Repair: If you have a roof problem that’s causing a leak or any other problems, we’ll fix the issue quickly.
  • Residential Roof Maintenance: If you want to maintain your roof and extend its lifespan, then our maintenance team is here to help.
  • Residential Roof Inspection: If you need a roof inspection report, our inspection team can visit your home and assess your roof.

Types of Residential Roofing

Asphalt Shingles

The most common residential roofing material used in the United States are asphalt shingles, and for a good reason. These shingles have been around since 1903 have stood the test of time as one of the most reliable types of roofing material.

Relatively inexpensive up-front cost and is relatively simple to install

Asphalt shingles usually last up to 20 years or more on an average home. They are particularly useful in an area like St. Louis, where weather isn’t as radical as somewhere like Florida.

They consist of two different types of base materials – organic and fiberglass. This unique design helps them reflect sunlight away from home, helping reduce air conditioning costs during the hot summer months. They are also resistant to wind and hail damage while providing additional waterproofing support for your home.

In addition to their cost-effective nature and durability, asphalt shingles come in a wide variety of colors and styles.

Slate Shingles

Slate shingles are a sophisticated and upscale type of roofing material. They are made from concrete, providing your home with resistance to rot and fire. They are incredibly easy to maintain and have a life expectancy of 100 years. While these are incredibly durable and give off a natural appearance, they come with their own unique set of disadvantages, too. The weight of slate shingles and the cost associated with them means they require a high degree of expertise for installation.

Slate shingles are also susceptible to damage when you walk on them, making maintenance and gutter cleaning a pain.

Because of these drawbacks, slate shingles aren’t widespread in the Midwest. Instead, they see far more usage on the East Coast (although they do make appearances in states like Arkansas and Kentucky).

Wood Shakes

Cedar shake roofs use wood shingles made from split logs. Since they are mostly wood, and because every shingle is of slightly varying size, they have a very distinct and natural look to them.

These roofing materials have been around since the colonial era for a lot of reasons. For one, they can withstand harsh weather conditions, keeping UV rays out of the home, which reduces air conditioning costs. This energy efficiency makes them highly effective in areas with lots of sunlight.

Additionally, wood shakes are incredibly eco-friendly materials. The insulation they provide will help cut down on energy costs. Not only are they made from wooded material, but they also produce a minimal impact on the quality of water runoff.

While fire-resistance is a concern, many manufacturers apply a fire-resistant coating to them for extra safety.

There are many advantages to wood shakes, but they also require expertise to install. As such, they are a bit more expensive than an asphalt shingle roof, but its durability and energy efficiency are enough for many homeowners to pull the trigger.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing has been a growing trend recently. The market share for metal roofs quadrupled over the past decade. Metal shingles are low maintenance, lightweight, and environmentally friendly, giving them a ton of upside.

They’ve also proven to be quite durable. The average life of a metal shingle roof is 50+ years, meaning your investment in them will last a long time relative to other roofing types.

While there is some benefit, the installation can be tricky, so it’s essential to partner with a roofing contractor who understands metal shingles very well.

Clay Tiles

Roofing material manufacturers produce clay tiles by baking molded clay. They can change the amount of time and temperature they heat the clay at to create a range of thickness and textures. In addition to coming in a variety of sizes and shapes, clay tiles are typically available from shades of white, yellow, orange, and brown.

These ceramic roof tiles are generally durable. They’re resistant to fading and are fireproofed, plus quality tiles should last anywhere between 50 to 70 years.

These tiles are more commonly found in the Southwest because they fit in with homes that borrow elements of Spanish architecture.

The tiles hang in parallel rows, overlapping to keep out rainwater.

While they are visually appealing, clay tiles are not suitable for climates with fluctuating weather because they tend to erode. High winds also tend to take their toll on clay tiles over the years, making them somewhat impractical in the greater St. Louis area.

Commercial Roofing Services

Whether it’s commercial roof installation, repair, replacement, or maintenance, we’re here to help. Let’s explore all our commercial roofing solutions in more detail below:

  • Commercial Roof Installation:- If you want to install a roof on a new commercial building, we can help. We can also partner with your commercial property developers to design the perfect roof for your needs.
  • Commercial Roof Repair :- Repairing a commercial roof is simple when you choose roof services. We’ll fix your roof and perform a full post-repair inspection to ensure everything is perfect.
  • Commercial Roof Replacement :- If you need to replace an existing commercial roof, we make it easy. We’ll remove your current roof materials and dispose of them. Next, our installation team will quickly replace it with brand-new roofing materials!
  • Commercial Roof Maintenance:- If you want to avoid future roofing problems, it’s always a good idea to hire a roof maintenance company to service your roof. Our roofing maintenance contractors can help you extend the lifespan of your commercial roof by performing routine inspections and repairs.

Types of Commercial Roofing

The top seven commercial roofing materials are listed below:

  1. Metal Roofing

Durable metal roofing is a very popular commercial roof type because of its 40 to 60 year lifespan. There are several different types of metal roofing systems available, and some even come with integrated solar or integrated snow removal systems.

Common metal commercial roofing materials include:

  • Corrugated galvanized steel
  • Aluminum, zinc, and tin
  • Tile sheets
  • Copper
  • Aluminum
  • Coated or stainless steel

Metal roofing can have an attractive, finished look, strong fire resistance ratings and are stronger and more sustainable than many other options.

2. Built-up Roofing Membrane

Built-up roofing has a lifespan of 20 years or more with care, and it is made by alternating layers of tar and gravel. The number of layers affects durability and (ultimately) cost. It is inexpensive and easy to repair, and is one of the oldest and most flexible roof types.

This type of seamless roofing holds up well to foot traffic but depends on its stable understructure to carry the weight and vibrations of movement. It is UV-resistant and may be coated to reflect heat.

3. Green Roof

A green roof can last from 30 to 50 years. They consist of a tough waterproof membrane covered completely by green plants. These sustainable masterpieces improve air quality and often add a green space for relaxation and rest for employees.

Advantages include protection from the elements, possible utility and government incentives and improved aesthetics. Often they have sophisticated water and drainage management, climate control and sensor capabilities.

4. Spray-On Roofing

In short, Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) is a material that begins as a liquid spray that instantly expands into a foam, which hardens into a solid layer. This particular eco-friendly roofing is applied on top of an existing roof, and although not well-known, has been around since the early 1960’s.

An SPF roofing system waterproofs and adds an insulating factor. It can be used in any climate and will last up to 50 years with correct installation and maintenance.

5. Thermoset EPDM Membrane

Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer (EPDM) is a roll-based, durable synthetic rubber roofing membrane. Also known as Thermoset roofing, an EPDM roof system offers strong resistance to sunlight and pollution. It’s long-lasting, versatile and easy to install.

EPDM comes in white and black rolls, and in addition to sun and pollution resistance, this single-ply rubber is durable in the face of many common solvents like alcohol, or acids.

6. Thermoplastic PVC and TPO Roof Membranes

 Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) and Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) roofing systems are adverse conditions resistant. UV light, chemicals including fats and oils, or bacterial growth are all slow to damage these types of roof membranes. They are lightweight, heat-reflective, and puncture resistant.

Other benefits include strong air-welded seams, fire-resistance, and tolerance of both high temperatures and high winds.

7. Shingle

Most commonly seen on residential buildings (probably your very own home), shingles are also used on commercial properties — typically ones that have steep roof lines.

Shingles come is numerous materials, including asphalt, architectural, slate, plastic and ceramic (just to name a few). This material is relatively easy to install, affordable, and versatile.

The Differences Between Residential & Commercial Roofing

While residential roofing applies to houses, commercial roofing applies to structures designed for retail or commercial use. Examples of commercial roofing include shopping malls, arcades, public facilities, etc. In addition to their respective goals, other differences include:

  • Design:- Compared to residential homes, commercial structures, such as shopping malls, are generally larger in terms of square footage. Therefore, commercial roofs must be designed to support the additional weight and size of the structure. In contrast, residential roofing systems generally have a more or less steep slope design.
  • Materials:- Commercial and residential roofing systems must be made of durable materials that can withstand the elements. Sustainable options include:
  • Metal
  • Asphalt shingles
  • Drink
  • Solar shingles
  • Maintenance:- Residential roofing systems are easier to clean and maintain than their commercial counterparts thanks to their smaller size. They’re also easier to scan for storm damage because you have fewer areas to scan.

Roofer Duties and Responsibilities

  • Inspecting the structure of roofs in order to determine the best course of action.
  • Providing clients with estimates on labor costs and materials required to fix or build a roof.
  • Measuring and cutting materials to ensure that they fit securely around vents, gutters, chimneys, and walls.
  • Smoothing out rough spots on roofs to prepare the surface for new shingles or waterproofing.
  • Replacing areas of clients’ roofs that are damaged or rotting.
  • Installing vapor barriers and insulation to create a more waterproof seal.
  • Safely setting up ladders, scaffolding, and hoisting equipment as required.
  • Updating the supervisor on job progress and reporting any problems related to the job.
  • Safely transporting all required equipment and materials to job sites.