Did you know that right now in the United States there are over 50000 roofing company. It is a 5.4 million dollar industry that is expected to grow by 10 percent in the next 5 years. Most of the American contractors are in California, Texas and Florida. These are also the states that have a growing economy and increasing population. These are also the states that see the most damage to homes and businesses because of natural disasters. These three states have seen a massive amount of homes, businesses and towns destroyed from fires or ocean related flooding. Read on for more fun facts about the roofing industry.
What Does It Take to Become a Roofer?
The roofing industry is controlled by the individual states. So basically it depends on what state you are in what you need to do to become a roofer. However, it is very common for there to be some type of certification process. Along with that, some states require that all roofers also be contractors. It makes sense. The roof has to work in conjunction with the rest of the house. So it would be beneficial for a roofer to have education in the entire contracting business.
How to Choose a Roofer
There are many things to look for in a good roofer. The most obvious one is the certifications. Make sure that your roofer is certified and legal to work in your state. If you don’t use a certified roofing contractor than you may not be able to get the building permits. This makes it super difficult to finance or insure a roof. Along with that, check out the price of the roofer. You want to make sure that you are getting a good deal. You also want to make sure that your potential roofer uses high quality products.
Types of Roofing Materials?
There are a few types of roofing materials. The most common is metal. Metal roofs are a well rounded roof. They stand up to most elements and are relatively inexpensive. They also are simple to install. Another common type of roofing material is tar shingles. They are great for reflecting moisture and are also pretty in expensive. Less common is ceramic roofing tiles, clay roofing tiles and sometimes even plastic roofing materials. Each roofing materials has its pros and cons so when it comes to choosing a material consider what you are needing the roof to do. Most people need a functional roof. But most people also want to their roof to look nice. So discuss with your contractor what the best roofing material for your home would be.
How to Choose a Roofing Material
The basics behind a roofing material choice is what is the roof going to be exposed to. What kind of house is it on. Roofs need to slope to ensure that the moisture goes off of the top. If you are living in an area where you see extreme wind, then you may want to go with a tar tiled roof or metal roof. If you are in an area that sees a lot of moisture, you may want to go with a metal roof. If you are in an area that sees a lot of sun, then tar wouldn’t work very well. Consider ceramic. There are all these different elements that go into choosing a great material to roof your home with.
The Science Behind a Roof
Although the roof of a home has an obvious purpose, there is a lot more that goes into a roof. A roof has to be able to ‘breathe.’ And by this it means that their needs to be a certain amount of air flow. If not, moisture gets caught under the roof and can cause mold and other problems. Along with that, a roof needs consistent roof repair. Even a slight leak can turn into a major problem. Along with that, when it comes to sloping a roof needs to be sloped to ensure that their is no moisture build up anywhere.
In the end, there is a lot more to roofing than meets the eye. There has to be specific qualifications that a person meets to be a roofer. Along with that, roofs have to be able to complete a very specific job. They have to be sloped and have good air flow in order to successfully do their job. They have to be made from certain roofing materials depending on the area that your home is. There is much more to roofing than most people know about.