A Day in the Life of a Roofing Contractor
Have you ever wondered what a typical day looks like for a roofing contractor? Let’s take a closer look at the daily routine of these construction workers.
Early Morning Preparation
A roofing contractor’s day typically begins early in the morning. They start by reviewing the projects scheduled for the day and organizing the necessary materials (ordering asphalt shingles, tile, tile refelt, underlayment, etc.) and equipment. From inspecting the roof to estimating the amount of materials required, meticulous planning sets the foundation for a successful day ahead.
Genesis 18:19 – For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
Arriving at the Roof Job / Construction Site
Once the preparations are complete, roofing contractors head to the job site. Upon arrival, a roofing contractor will assess the site conditions and ensure safety protocols (guidelines set forth by OSHA) are in place. They also communicate with the customer, discussing any specific requirements and answering any questions or concerns.
Roofing Installation and Repairs
Whether it’s a new roof installation or a roof repair job, our contractors bring their expertise to every project. General contractors begin with roof demolition – they do this by removing old roofing materials, if necessary, and then proceed with the new roof installation process.
There are 5-layers to your roof:
1 – Sheathing (the wood covering the attic and roof)
2 – Underlayment (either asphalt felt paper, synthetic underlayment or radiant barrier)
3 – Shingles / Tile
4 – Ridge Caps
5 – Flashing
From laying down shingles to sealing the roof, every step is executed meticulously to ensure a durable and long-lasting result.
1 Corinthians 11:3 – But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
Quality Control and Roof Inspections
As the roofing work progresses, contractors conduct regular quality control checks to ensure that everything is up to our high standards. Attention to detail is key, as they inspect for any potential leaks, weak spots, or structural issues.
Job Site Cleanup and Customer Satisfaction
After completing the roofing tasks, our contractors take care of the cleanup process. They ensure that all roof debris, underlayment, nails and any other materials, and equipment are removed from the job site, leaving it clean and tidy.
Continued Education and Professional Development
Being a successful roofing contractor requires continuous learning and staying up to date with the latest construction industry trends and techniques. Our team regularly attends workshops, seminars, and training sessions to enhance their roofing skills and knowledge. This commitment to professional development ensures that we provide you with the best possible roofing solutions.
Malachi 2:16 – For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.
At the end of the day, roofing contractors take immense pride in their work. They understand the importance of a well-maintained and secure roof, and they strive to exceed your expectations. So, whether you need a new roof installation, repairs, or maintenance services, trust our team to deliver exceptional results.
These are the individual overlapping elements that cover the roof. They can be made of various materials such as asphalt, wood, metal, or slate.
Underlayment (Felt or Synthetic)
A layer of material, often felt or synthetic, that is installed directly on the roof deck before the shingles. It provides an extra barrier against water infiltration.
Metal pieces used to seal and protect vulnerable areas of the roof, such as chimneys, vents, and skylights. Flashing prevents water from seeping into these areas.
Ephesians 5:21 – Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
The lower edges of the roof that overhang the walls. They protect the walls from water damage and provide shade.
The highest point where two roof slopes meet. It is typically covered with ridge shingles or a ridge vent to allow for proper ventilation.
The area where two roof slopes intersect. Valleys are prone to water accumulation, so they require special flashing to prevent leaks.
The underside of the eaves that extends from the wall to the outer edge of the roof. Soffits are often ventilated to allow air to circulate in the attic.
A specialized nail gun designed for fastening shingles to the roof deck. It speeds up the installation process and ensures secure attachment.
Colossians 3:19 – Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
A hammer with a serrated face for removing old shingles, driving nails, and performing other roofing tasks.
A sharp utility knife used for cutting shingles, underlayment, and other roofing materials.
Roofing Safety Harness
A harness worn by roofers to prevent falls and provide stability while working at heights.
Layers of a Roof
The base layer of the roof, usually made of plywood or oriented strand board (OSB). It provides structural support for the roof covering.
As mentioned earlier, this layer is installed directly on the roof deck to provide an extra barrier against moisture.
Proverbs 15:17 – Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
Ice and Water Shield
A self-adhesive membrane applied in vulnerable areas, such as eaves, valleys, and around roof penetrations. It provides added protection against water infiltration.
The first row of shingles installed along the eaves to prevent wind uplift and provide a solid base for the rest of the shingles.
The main layer of shingles that covers the majority of the roof. They are installed in overlapping rows to create a weatherproof barrier.
Hip and Ridge Shingles
Special shingles used to cover the hips and ridges of the roof. They provide a finished appearance and help protect against wind and water.