Types of Roofing Contractors – Roofing Specialists.
Special circumstances require a roofing specialist . You don’t see a chiropractor when you catch the flu, why would you hire a residential roofing company to work on your commercial roof?
Installing shingles on homes qualifies as roofing and is not an easy task by any means. But it is a simple process. Buy a truck, a ladder and a nail gun and viola! You’re a roofer . After the base sheet is nailed down and the first row of shingles is set it’s pretty much connect the dots. Well, that plus a little blood and A LOT of sweat, but you get the point.
Water loves slope. Residential shingle roofs usually enjoy a steep slope so half the battle is already won. If you own a flat roof you probably know that, for commercial applications, it’s never so simple.
Water may enter a flat roof near a parapet wall, run along a channel in the underlying roof decking, take a left turn at the next z-purling and drip through 100 feet from where it entered the building. If you have two roofs (common when an older roof is “overlaid” with a newer roof) you can add another level of complication.
What if your building happens to be a restaurant? Animal fats are solvent to most traditional roofing systems. Does your roofer know what systems are equipped to handle them?
What if you operate a processing plant housing millions of dollars worth of sensitive equipment and shutting it all down is not even an option? Roof removal is full blown demolition. Is your roofer capable of using phased roofing techniques to complete the demolishing and rebuilding of your roofing assembly – without leaving it exposed to an unexpected rain shower? Without damaging your valuable equipment or shutting down your production?
These are just a few examples of the hundreds of unique situations one might encounter. There are many more reasons why it is prudent to hire a roofing specialist .
Single Ply Roofing Contractors in Dallas.
Single ply roofing contractors primarily focus on TPO, PVC and EPDM roofing systems. There are other single ply systems out there but these three represent the overwhelming majority. Each of these systems are described individually in detail elsewhere on this site. In this article, we discuss these systems in general and list the necessary qualifications for a Single Ply Roofing Contractor in Dallas .
Spray Foam Roofing Contractors.
Spray foam roofing companies specialize in spraying a dual component Polyurethane Foam, or “PUF” material. This is usually applied over an existing roof with the intent to insulate while simultaneously waterproofing. It is a great concept that is easy to sell and in truth, it has its legitimate place.
However, as good as this sounds- and in some circumstances is- we find that in practice there are some serious shortcomings which every Owner had better familiarize themselves with before covering their roof with spray foam. The above article is a must read if you are considering hiring a spray foam roofing contractor.
Metal Roofing Contractors.
Metal Roofing Contractors also require a specialized skill set. Working with sheet metal is indeed its very own trade complete with trade associations which operate separately from roofing associations.
Metal Roofing is as different from single ply or built up roofing as plumbing is to painting. It requires different tools, different materials and different procedures. Read this article to know what to look for in Metal Roofing Companies.
Residential Roofing Companies.
Most roofers are Residential Roofing Contractors . If at times we have appeared critical of Residential Specialists, it was not intended as such. The point is to describe the differences between commercial and residential roofing.
In reality the two disciplines overlap. Homes often have a small flat deck over the back patio and apartment complexes may have roofs composed entirely of shingles. Browse this article to familiarize yourself with the key things to look for in a top residential roofing contractor.
Modified Bitumen “Torch Down” Roofing Contractors.
Modified Bitumen roofing contractors work primarily with two varieties of polymer-modified bitumen membrane sheets:
- Atactic Polypropylene (“ Torch Down ” or APP Modified Bitumen)
- Styrene Butadiene Styrene (“Mop Down” or SBS Modified Bitumen )
These roofing systems were developed in the early 1960’s in Europe and still go strong today. Please browse the linked to page for more information on Modified Bitumen Roofing Systems and learn how to identify expert Modified Bitumen Roofing Companies.
Hot Tar Built Up Roofing Contractors.
Finally, lets talk about hot Tar and Gravel Built Up Roofing Contractors . Built up roofing (BUR for short) hit the scene way back in the 1870’s and is still in widespread use today more than 140 years later. It is considered the first generation of modern industrial roofing systems.
Although single ply and, to a lesser extent, modified bitumen systems are continually taking up larger and larger percentages of the market; there is still a time and a place for good old fashioned tar and gravel roofing . Hot asphalt built up roofing is finding a particular usefulness as a substrate to modified bitumen cap sheets in a popular “Hybrid” roofing system. Read about this while learning what to look for in a quality Built Up Roofing Company in this short article.
If you have any specific questions, you will save time by giving us a call. We will connect you with a certified expert to answer your questions free of charge.
Lone Star Roofing