Qualifications, Training and License of Roofing Contractors


A roofer, roofing contractor, or roofing mechanic is a skilled tradesman who specializes in roof repair. Roofers repair, replace, or install the roofs of commercial buildings, with a range of materials, such as asphalt, shingles, gypsum, and tile. There are many kinds of roofing systems: low-sloped membranes such as cellulose underlayment and rubberized coating; pre-fabricated roof systems; slate and tile roofs; and tile roofing systems. The roofer repairs leaks, lifts, installs, sews, replaces, cleans, and makes repairs to roof surfaces. He is also responsible for inspecting and maintaining the building’s ventilation, septic, plumbing, fire alarm system, and wiring.

The roofer uses a wide variety of tools and equipment to complete the job. He may use a hammer, nail, shear, cable cutter, and even a power saw. The roofer uses special materials and equipment to build or repair roofs, such as nails, shingles, tar paper, gravel, tiles, steel mesh, and copper alloy roofing tiles. He will also select and buy the roof material. For example, if he’s repairing and replacing a wooden roof, he’ll need different types and sizes of wood, nails, screws, saws, hammers, brushes, rollers, adhesives, and more.

In most states it is illegal to operate a roofer without a license. However, roofers can perform minor roof repairs and installations on homes. Some roofers work only for residential customers, others will work on buildings owned by real estate developers or corporations. Other roofers work for government jobs or on building projects owned by public institutions. Still others work on private construction projects or for homebuilders’ companies.

It’s important to choose a roofer carefully. If you’re not sure what your needs are or how much experience you have in doing roofing work, ask friends or family for referrals. Also check the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been complaints against any roofers you’re considering. You should be able to get plenty of information about the roofer on the Internet, including personal references.

Ask friends or family who’ve had roof installation or repair work done about the company or professional they chose. Friends and family can share positive experiences or negative experiences with the contractor. Find out if the roofer and his employees were prompt in addressing problems or if there was damage or anything wrong that was done during the work. You should also request a copy of any final inspections and proof of insurance provided by the roofing company or professional of choice.

Find out if the roofer is licensed, bonded, insured, or insured and has special roofing equipment. In addition, it’s important to find out how long the roofer has been in business, if it’s been in the local area for long and if there have been any safety or building code violations recorded by local government agencies. You don’t want to work with anyone or a company that has a bad reputation when it comes to roofing, so be sure to research your roofer to make sure he or she is bonded and insured.

Roofers use a wide variety of roofing materials on the jobs they complete, so it’s important to know which type they’re most familiar with and used on the job you need them to do. Some roofers are trained only in asphalt shingle roofs while others are trained only in other types of roofing material, such as ceramic tile roofs. Other roofers specialize in repairing certain types of roofs, repairing small cracks or gaps, installing tile or slate roofs, removing and replacing deteriorated or missing roof material, caulking and gashing, repairing skylights, attic floors, chimneys, retaining walls, windows and doors, among other roofing materials. It’s important to get several quotes from different roofers, so you can compare price points.

When looking for roofers, there are several other things you should consider. For example, are you going to get the job done as quickly as possible? Are you going to do the job yourself or hire someone else to do it? Is there any way to get a guarantee on the work? It’s also a good idea to ask your neighbors for recommendations of their roofers.

JM Roofing Company of Pensacola
225 N Pace Blvd, Ste 102, Pensacola, FL 32505
(850) 848-9887