A roof is an extremely important part of any building and its main function is to protect property from the weather and also provide the needed safety. Roofers work on buildings and houses to install, maintain and repair roofs. Auckland roofers will come to your home with a wide variety of tools, and these will vary as per the type of roof that needs their expertise.
Roofers during their work are required to install and repair roofs that may be of different materials, like asphalt, tar, rubber, gravel, shingles, metal, or thermoplastic, and they need to be acquainted with each of these materials and the role they play on roofs. Roofs protect buildings and the contents in them from damage caused by sun and rain. A roof that leaks can cause extensive damage to walls, ceilings, and furnishings. The major work of Auckland roofers involves repairs to roofs and reroofing them where the damage is too extensive for repair.
Roofs in Auckland can be of two basic structural types. They can be low-slope where their rise per foot is lower than four inches, and these types of roofs you will find mainly in industrial and commercial buildings and in apartments. The other type of steep slope roofs rise more than four inches foot and you will find them in most homes in Auckland and are covered with shingles, though other materials are also used. You must find a roofer who can work on the type of roof that you have, though most of them can do so, and there are some professionals like Riteline Roofing that possesses this expertise.
Low slope roofs are generally covered with several layers of materials that will cover the basic structure of the roof. Their work on these roofs will often start with a layer of insulation on the roof deck. This insulation layer will then be covered with molten bitumen that will form the base for the roofing layers. Roofing felt, which is a fabric soaked in bitumen, is then spread over the hot bitumen. Hot bitumen is again applied over this felt and the process repeated with another layer of felt. A low slope roof will have a specified number of plies or layers, and work is completed with the desired number of felt layers. The top layer can then be glazed to give it a smooth finish or may have gravel embedded on the bitumen to give the roof a rough surface. The felt layers will come in definite widths and care has to be taken by the roofers to see that each adjoining layer overlaps the other to create waterproof joints. Some roofers will use a waterproof rubber or other thermoplastic compounds instead of felt layers.
Steep slope roofs may be covered with shingles or other tiling materials. These are of a smaller size and your Auckland roofers have to ensure that every row of shingles is overlapped by the one above it. Care has to be taken while installing these materials around chimneys and vent pipes.
Roofing work is strenuous and requires working at heights and involve a lot of climbing, kneeling, lifting and bending. Your Auckland roofers must take all safety precautions and use appropriate safety gear while doing so.