What It Takes to be One of Atlanta’s Roofing Specialists
Becoming known as one of Atlanta’s Roofing Specialist is a term that only you’re most dedicated and professional roofing contractor deserves. The roofing industry is considered by some individuals to be a job that just anybody can do and be good at. Little do people know how difficult the roofing business is and what it really takes to be called a roofing specialist in Atlanta. Atlanta is full of roofing contractors, just open your phone book, you will find many, Google for roofers, you will find hundreds.
But the question is what does it take for a roofer to have the glory of being called One of Atlanta’s Roofing Specialists? A roofer needs to possess many qualities; dedication to his craft is one. If a roofer is not dedicated to his work and if he/she does not take pride in the business, then that individual will not succeed in the roofing business. A roofer must be determined in knowing that as long as he/she keeps working through the rough times the roofing industry can bring, it will bring many rewards. Having the drive to get on that hot roof in Atlanta’s steamy summers is another factor in becoming known as one of Atlanta’s Roofing Specialists. Knowing the seven key danger signals are when a home’s roofing system is not protecting a home is imperative:
1. Dark, “dirty-looking” areas on the roof,
2. Missing, cracked or curling of the shingles,
3. Leakage in the attic after a driving rain,
4. Roof shingle, and/or sheathing and siding decay,
5. Blistering and/or peeling of the outside paint,
6. Stains on interior ceilings and walls or mold and mildew growth,
7. Excessive energy costs are all factors of improper roofing ventilation.
You have to know specific formulas for ventilation, they are: for an attic without soffit vents, you need one square foot of free vent area for every 150 square feet of attic space. For a roof with soffit vents, you need one square foot of free vent area for every 300 square feet of attic space. Having the skill of being good with math and numbers in general is another factor that separates the Atlanta Roofing Specialist from the common roofer. A roofer needs to also obtain the licenses, permits, proper insurance to be called a roofing specialist. Having a dependable crew working for the roofer, being punctual for work, keeping up with the most recent information out there for roofers, and being professional on the jobsites is critical.
A roofer must also keep track of the changing weather patterns of the city and the surrounding areas that may affect him or her. Knowing what the weather is doing around the roofing job is important because it takes only a matter of minutes for a storm or even a light rain to flood a house you are roofing. This can be a nightmare for both the roofer and the homeowner as well. It is better to be safe than sorry and takes no time to cover up exposed roof sheathing with a tarp. There are many obstacles that a roofer must overcome to be called One of Atlanta’s Roofing Specialist, but it can be attainable.
- Joseph Vann Hamby, Sr., Atlanta Roofing and Leak Specialist and owner of JVH Enterprises, http://www.jvhenterprises.org
- GAF Materials Corporation, 2005