A day in the life of a roofer
It all started in the summer of 1997.
John was newly married and mowing his lawn for the first time since his wife and he had moved into their new home in Goodyear, Arizona. On a hot July day in the Arizona heat, nothing could cool him down. Not even the special iced strawberry lemonade that his wife, Molly, was famous for. Some even say it's why he married her in the first place-- to ensure that he'd receive a lifetime's supply of her wonderful, classic summer drink. That is, assuming he never pissed her off too bad. So far, he was doing an okay job.
Being that it was over 110 degrees out, John was sweating profusely. He had also worked out quite a bit before his wedding back in May, so he could look his best for Molly on their special day. Apparently he had a bit of a beer belly starting to grow before the two of them got hitched. Anyway, John was a tad but skinnier than he was the day he went and got fitted for his wedding ring.
I think you're seeing where this one is going...
The combination of sweat and skinniness made for the perfect environment in which a loose-fitting ring could slip off of a gentleman's finger. That gentleman was John.
You see, the mower they had was given to them by Molly's uncle, Wayne, as sort of a gift for their new life together. He knew they were two young love birds just starting out, so he wanted to give them a gift that could keep on giving. He knew if John mowed the lawn, Molly would be happy, and then other things might commence... if you know what I mean.
Only problem was, the lawn mower was a bit older and had a few issues. Once in a while, it would shut down while in operation, and John would have to reach down and clean some grass out of the blades before priming it again to start it up. This happened a few times that day, and unbeknownst to John, his ring had slipped off and fallen into the grass on one such occasion.
While making a few of his final passes to try and etch that baseball outfield pattern into his backyard -- one that Molly particularly loved -- John caught the gleam of his gold band as it the sun reflected off it and hit John's eye... just before he ran over it with the mower. He tried to pull back, he really did. But it was too late. John's new-old mower passed over the ring just far enough to allow the blades to shoot that thing about ninety miles per hour out one side. In his peripheral vision saw it fly, but he couldn't quite track it.
Sad and somber, he went inside and told Molly what had happened. After all, she had saved up for months while working as a kindergarten teacher to afford that ring before their wedding. They both went outside and scoured the backyard for hours, until dusk set upon them. It was hopeless, the ring was gone.
Gone for 20 years, that is.
You see, John and Molly recently decided to sell that house. And before doing so, they called us, Goodyear Roofing Company, out to do a roof inspection before they listed it on the market. They are good people. The kind of people that wouldn't want to sell a home to a pair of twenty-somethings just starting out and newly married like they were, without a proper roof inspection to be sure they weren't selling the house without disclosing all the issues it may have. After all, the roof was over 25 years old.
Well as I was up walking the roof, checking for broken tiles and any signs of leakage or damage, something made me stop and take a second glance. Something small, gold, and gleaming in the Arizona sun. If it hadn't been near sundown, I doubt the light would have hit it at the right angle for it to catch my eye.
John's ring was lodged just underneath a roof tile near the roofs edge. It must have been there for the last 20 years. I grabbed it, finished my inspection, and came down to tell John and Molly that their roof was as good as it gets, apart from one broken tile. And, I handed them the ring and told them it caught my eye.
Immediately, the two of them began to laugh and hug each other with an excitement that you don't see very often. Then, they told me this story.
John took off his replacement ring that he had been wearing for the last twenty years, and slipped on the original. It took a little bit of a push to get it over his knuckle that was now a bit larger and contained more wrinkles, but John said "Fits just right."
It's not often that we, as roofing contractors, get to be part of such a wonderful moment, but we were in this case. And hopefully we will get to experience some other cool moments like this again. And hopefully sooner than twenty years from now.
Repairing roof tiles
With a roof over the house, one feels safe, comfortable and peaceful. As a rule, it takes lots of time to build both a house and a roof. The majority of people resort to the services of roofing contractors, who take on full responsibility for putting up the roof. However, with time, it is possible that the roof may need some repairs such as broken tile repair.
Of course, a house owner does not want to live under a broken roof. On the one hand, it is uncomfortable when it is snowing and raining. On the other hand, there is an extra source where the energy of the house goes. Therefore, one need to repair the roof tiles in order to continue with normal life and no worry about such minor problems.
The inconvenience with a broken tile may also lie in the fact that there is a room of one of your children under it. Therefore, it makes them feel uncomfortable. So the faster the roof tile repair will be, the soon you all will feel fine in your house.
There are a few options how you can achieve the goal. First, you can repair broken tiles on your own. Of course, it will take you a while to do the job right. What is more, you will need to prepare all the necessary materials and equipment. In addition, it is also good to have somebody who will help you along the way. The last but not least is the amount of time your spend to accomplish the job.
The second option you can take full advantage of is a roofing company. Surely, that in comparison with you doing everything on your own and the roofing services of a company, it will cost a bit more. However, you can only imagine how much time and energy you will save if resort to the services of a roofing company.
Finding leaks in a roof
Those who own a house, know how hard it is to keep it and how much time it is usually necessary to spend on it. At first glance, life in that ,house is a dream but in fact, it is constant hard work. Not just on the inside of the house with all its window cleaning, vacuuming, painting, plumbing, so on and so forth... but there is much more behind the scenes of owning a house.
One of the most important elements of a house is the roof. As a matter of fact, it is a key element in line with walls and windows because one cannot simply imagine life without a roof. No matter if it is a shingle roof or a tile roof, there is always a chance that it may develop a leak. The reasons for a leaking roof are numerous ranging from broken tiles to loose mortar and damaged underlayment.
You can only imagine how it is to live in a house with a leaking roof. Surely, the owner does not want his family to feel cold or collect water with buckets when it’s raining cats and dogs outside. Therefore, a respectable house owner works to find out what the problem is himself.
This action is positive, on the one hand. While on the other hand, one should understand that the lack of experience in roofing, roof inspection, and roof repair can create a difficult task for the homeowner.
Therefore, no matter how powerful and knowledgeable you feel, it is always best that you call a professional roofing company. In the case of emergency, Gary and Son Roofing in Goodyear will be there for you as soon as possible.
All the more, we will assure your safety and good mood which you would not have if you decided to deal with the roof on your own. All this, in addition to our perfect quality roof repair work.
The roofing profession has been in existence since houses were first constructed. After all, how can a house be without a roof, roof repair or even roof replacement?
Today a roofer - is a popular profession in every country of the world. Owing to the highly-skilled roofers, there has been not only revived the legacy of great architects but also entirely new roofing masterpieces were created.
German roofers occupy a leading position in the world, largely due to the veneration of traditions that have been tested for centuries. One of the main features of this profession in Germany is a continuity that allows you to maintain the roofing business at the proper level.
Father, having gained invaluable experience and necessary equipment, passes everything on to his sons, who continue his work. He tries to teach them everything from roof repair, roof replacement, and roof installation. At the same time, children learn the profession from their young years. These professionals know well how to do the roof inspection. They also know the difference between tile, shingle, foam and flat roof.
People say that a roofer must necessarily be able to do two things:
• quickly and efficiently eliminate shortcomings in the work
• competently and accurately pick up on the necessary technology for laying of a covering and skillfully perform their duties.
To properly carry out their duties without all sorts of incidents, the roofer must be as focused and attentive as possible. Without a good eye a person simply can not work in this profession.
As it requires a very serious load on the musculoskeletal system and vision. First of all, because roofers are working in a bent position, what is more, in the heights. Therefore, health and endurance are very important for roofers and roofing contractors in general.
Just remember that there are people who can professionally care about your roof, creating coziness and warmth in your house. Just call us, the Goodyear roofing company in Arizona and your roofing problems will be solved in the nick of time.
The Importance of underlayment
Roof tiles or shingles are the most common materials in roofing because they are characterized by high quality, durability, and practicality, along with affordable price. However, for roof tiles or shingles to serve you for a long time, it is necessary to stick to some basic rules. One of them is to select right underlayment for it.
It is possible to use different underlayment materials for your tile or shingle roofing. Choosing an insulation for the roof, first of all, you need start from thinking in what room you are planning to cover the roof. For residential buildings is better to choose an insulation that is safe for health, such as mineral wool, cork or fiberglass board. For industrial or residential buildings almost any kind of material will be suitable.
Roofing insulation should be placed under the roof tiles or shingles in a certain way. Here you may need to ask for the help of a roofing company. It knows the procedure and will stick to the rules of underlayment application.
In the majority of cases, roofing contractors take care of everything from choosing the right materials to roof installation or roof replacement, depending on what you need. In case you have some work to complete but want it done quickly and on a high level, call us, the Goodyear roofing company. We will make your roof outstanding. Moreover, you will get a professional advice on what kind of roof and its underlayment will work best for particularly for your house and your climate.
As a rule, it is better to trust roof or underlayment replacement to the professionals. However, if you have decided to work independently, then spend some time, learning all the established requirements to do a quality job. Only in this case, you can create a durable and reliable construction.
When someone is building a house, the person cares about it's quality and ability to protect the family who lives there.
The advantages of a tile roof
First of all, you should know that tile roof has anti-combustion properties. What is more, it can withstand 122 to 248 F without damage. Also, a tile roof can be put in any weather conditions, both cold and hot, without worrying about the deteriorating quality of the roof. As a rule, tiles have a long life expectancy, and are resistant to corrosion and UV radiation. For those who care about aesthetics, it comes in a variety of colors and shades. With tile roofing everything is easy, from loading to installation, still, it is a good idea to find reliable roofing contractors.
Shingle roof and its properties
Shingle roofs are extremely lightweight and have a number of positive characteristics, including:
• Ecological safety;
• Long lifetime;
• Resistance to winds and low temperatures;
• Lack of wind noise, hail, rain, etc.
It is also important that the shingle roof is able to "breathe", so underneath there is no condensation.
The disadvantages of a shingle roof can be attributed relatively high cost and complexity of installation, which can only perform highly qualified specialists from roofing companies.
What you should know about a foam roof
Foam roof is a new word in roofing, still, it has gained a considerable popularity. First of all because of its numerous advantages. On the one hand, it is easy to apply. Your roofing contractors will just need to have a good weather outside so that the foam dries up.
What is more, the foam roof is practically water-proof which is good for the areas where it is raining a lot. It is also good from the green point because of the energy saved owing to the foam roof.
If you got interested in foam roofs, you can call us the Goodyear roofing company in Arizona, and we will come up with the best roof for you.
Flat roof and why it is good for your house
First of all, a flat roof is much smaller in size than the pitched roof. Consequently, this allows you to spend less on roof materials.
The construction of flat roof is easier and faster, especially if you hire professionals who provide roofing services. As compared to a pitched roof, the materials roofing contractors need for installation are located right at their feet. The same can be said about the repair and maintenance of flat roofs – it is easier to work on almost horizontal roof rather than on an inclined one.
Another considerable advantage of a flat rood is that you get more useful area, which can be used as a place to relax outdoors, do sports, plant a garden or a flower garden, etc. just imagine your roof, paved with beautiful tiles, combined with green lawn, garden furniture, and a fireplace. It can become the most comfortable place for a family holiday.
Safety on the roof
The roof is a critical element in the design of the house. It is, therefore, necessary to make it reliable and well-protected from adverse weather influences.
Proper design of the roof will reliably protect the house from rain and different weather conditions. Still, under the influence of time, many materials become useless, and to make the roof perform its function properly, sometimes it needs a significant repair or replacement of roofing.
So if you have decided to do the repair on your own without a roofing contractor or even with somebody’s help, here are the basic safety rules for you to follow.
Carrying out work on the roof, you need to be extremely careful. If you have an aptitude for dizziness or you are afraid of heights, then it is better to trust the repair the roof to a roofing company.
If, however, decided to repair the roof yourself, then please follow these pieces of advice.
• In no case start working in bad weather, whether rain or wind. It is quite dangerous to carry out work on the roof, as the roofing material is wet and you can just slip and fall down.
• Work uniform should be free enough not to restrict your movements, and shoes should not slip.
• It is good to have a ladder that has extra length. It should be well secured and very stable.
Also, it is a great idea to take a friend with you. He can always pass you the necessary tool and help whenever you cannot do something on your own.
Working on the roof is always extremely dangerous. So if you still think about an option of hiring a roofing company, believe that you will not regret. Professional roofing contractors will do quality roof repair or roof replacement quickly and without additional efforts on your part.
Hi, I'm Jason. I started my career as a roofer when I was just a kid. My dad taught me all the ins and outs, on the same Arizona rooftops I work on today.
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