Be it in Chicago or just about anywhere else in the world, putting the roof onto any reasonably sized building will require skills and expertise if it is to be done properly. Since the prime purpose of any roof is to keep the weather out of the building below it, good roofs are particularly important in a climate like the one experienced in Illinois.
The Windy City
Illinois, and particularly Chicagoland sees weather extremes throughout an average year and the roof of any building has to keep all this weather from entering the building – regardless of whether it is used as a residence or any sort of commercial business activity. For new buildings it is critical that the roof is correctly constructed using a proven design and good quality materials.
Roofing Is Skilled Work
Anyone seeking to become a licensed roofer in Aurora, IL or elsewhere will have to undertake an apprenticeship, which is usually three years duration and includes on the job training, classroom learning, and written test papers. There is also a written exam that has to be passed at the end of the apprenticeship period.
Although the architects and civil engineers will design the roof and take care of all the calculations for its structural integrity, a roofer must be able to correctly read the drawings provided and not deviate from them during construction.
Obviously, a roofer must be comfortable working on high, often sloping (pitched) surfaces – and, in many cases, he must also take responsibility for getting the roofing materials up to his particular job site. In some areas, he might also be called a roof mechanic; but, in all cases, there are some basic specialties for the qualified person. These include:-
* shinglers; who specialize in shingle installation and other nail in place roof coverings like shakes and tiles
* those who specialize in the installation of metal roofs (usually using metal panels)
* those who mainly work on flat roofs
* there are those who specialize in hot installation using bitumen.
At the end of the day, the function of any of the above specialists is to install the materials that both water and weather proof the building’s roof. This usually includes constructing the supporting framework for the roof.
If you need the services of a good roofer in Aurora, IL, then you need to contact a reliable contractor like Showalter Roofing Services, Inc. who not only employ fully trained workers but also ensure continued upgrading training to keep them in line with the latest developments.