Essentially, the task of somebody who is a roofing contractor (AKA roofer) is to repair or replace roofs on people’s homes and commercial buildings. Many roofing specialists are self-employed, although a number of building companies will hire a large number of roofers to work on large projects for the installation of top quality slate roofing in Sydney, on newly constructed building sites.
Some people, such as builders become roofing contractors because of their knowledge and experience in the building business, while various others will have a background and experience in carpentry.
- In most countries, before being able to take any customers on, roofing contractors must get a professional roofing license and go through a legal certification process.
Jobs and Fees
People will use roofing professionals to repair any type of damage which has happened due to events such as storms, water leaks, fires, etc. Contractors begin a job with an inspection of the roof and then determine the damage. Contractors work out the costs for the required materials to repair any damage, and also give an estimate for the repair work.
Labour costs will be included in the estimate, and sometimes to get the job, the contractor might even lower the fees.
- If the roof is beyond any repair work, the owners will then ask the roofing contractor to fit a new one.
- Roof specialists can often fit different types of roofs, such as flat roofing.
- Roof specialists will also make use of and hire sub-contractors to help with the installation of new roofs on larger projects.
Solar is selling
In some areas, government entities are offering tax rebates and cash incentives to those who want to invest in the installation of ecologically smart, solar panels to their homes, and there are services which specialise in solar panel installation.
- In many cases, roofing contractors who are now specialising also in the solar panel business, were formerly employed as electricians.
State laws require that all contractors who are fitting solar panels, must be licensed electricians or must employ sub-contractors who are licensed to professionally carry out the work.
Insurance Company Demands
Insurance companies will typically demand that all homeowners and businesses must undergo a roof inspection before agreeing to insure any type of residential or commercial property. Roofs are among the most expensive parts of any building to be replaced, and most insurers will not go near any building which has a roof in a bad condition.
- Roof inspections are normally conducted by roofing contractors who accept a flat fee for the job
The roofing contractor, after carrying out an in depth check of the roof, will then hand over the inspection report to the insurance company. If the inspection clearly shows that roof repairs are indeed necessary, the insurer will usually demand that any repairs must be carried out before any policy can be agreed on.
Roofers – keeping roofs over our heads for a very long time!