Although the cost of quality roofing may sometimes seem a bit high, the pay scale for skilled roofers lingers below the average for other home improvement professionals. For example: The United States Department of Labor records $16.45 per hour as the 2010 median pay for roofing craftsmen (1). The yearly figure of $34,220 may be slightly higher than the pay offered to general construction laborers and helpers, yet nearly every other construction trade group reaps better wages.
So let’s put in the simple rules of an efficient economy: You get what you pay for. A better paying roofing company will draw the best of the best in skill and character. If the cost of quality roofing demands a better pay scale to the workers, it is only as it should be in any industry.
Although roof installation and roof repair do not impose the mental demands of a high paying office job, the use of educated and certified roofers ensure a high quality of roofing services. Value-added contractors understand the importance of calling in trained professionals. Calculating angles on the fly and adjusting for valleys and peaks is not so easy as a proficient roofer makes it look. Skillful roofing installation requires much more than a brawny back and calloused hands.
How Education Affects the Cost of Quality Roofing
According to the Department of Labor, “Less than high school” fits the typical educational requirements associated with roofing. Yet you want and demand efficient and reliable roof installation. Being under educated in no means implies that someone is mentally unfit for a task. In fact, in many walks of life natural skills supersede education.
However, cost-efficient roofing provides beautiful curb appeal as well as durable home protection. A roofer who is also educated in exterior home décor may have several advantages over the typical roof installer. Quality roofing demands that someone know how to select materials as well as calculate materials. You want the best of both, but know that education increases the value of any worker in any field of endeavor. Paying for educated roofers will increase the cost of quality roofing.
What Roofers Do And Why The Skills Are Sometimes Undervalued
Roof installation is among the most strenuous and tiring tasks in the nation. The typical roofer lifts heavy burdens, climbs ladders and sometimes combines the two. Kneeling and bending, as well as extended pressure on the knees, is also a daily part of a roofer’s job.
Although roofing contractors generally apply asphalt shingles, whole-home roofing professionals are skilled in the installation, repair and replacement of all types of roofing materials, including metal, wood, tile and concrete. Green roofing, gutter repairs and minor to extended structural corrections are also now an expected part of the professional roofer’s skill set.
In general, the duties of a quality roofing contractor includes:
- Roof inspections along with a detailed report of the best method for repair
- Material calculations, including replacement sheathing, felt and hardware
- Replacement of rotted or damaged structural components, including joists and plywood
- Installation of insulation and vapor barriers
- Any services related to buying and installing skylights and attic ventilation
- Installation of roofing materials, including asphalt shingles, metal sheeting and other roofing products
- Match materials shapes to existing or new roof vents, valleys, wall joints or other intersecting roof surfaces
- Leak proof installation, including correct alignment of roofing materials with overhangs and roof edges, caulking joints and inspecting and correcting any exposed nail heads
- Clean gutters and install new gutter guards is priced in the roofing quote
- Prompt arrival
- Jobsite cleanup and disposal of old roofing materials
- Assure customer satisfaction
- And More.
Sloppy roof work results in premature material failures, unsightly curb appeal and a bad reputation for all roofers – even for the roofers who take pride in providing value-added roofing services. Fly-by-night scam roofers pass through town, promise great value for ridiculously low costs, and then leave homeowners struggling to make up losses by paying less to legitimate roof installation or roof repair service companies.
Reliable value-added roofing contractors know how to make the work look easy. They arrive on time and on schedule, work quickly, and complete a quality job at speeds that may invoke thoughts of overpricing. But don’t let speed fool you. Professionals in any field know what to do, when to do it and how to do it efficiently and without error.