I have been selling roofing and working in the industry for over a decade and occasionally someone will still walk in and ask me for something I have never heard of before. Typically when this happens a quick conversation regarding what they are trying to accomplish solves the problem and I can get them what they need. I won’t bore you with shingle lingo but there are regional differences in roofing the same as in everything else. I drink soda, you drink pop and my friend drinks cola.

Here is a scenario straight from the comedy routine who’s on first.

Roofer “Do you have a watchamacallit?”

Me “Don’t know what that is? What are you trying to do?”

Roofer “I want to yadadada”

Me “Oh, you need a doohickey.”

Roofer “No, I want a watchamacallit”

Me “Let me show you a doohickey, I think it will work”

Roofer “That’s not a doohickey, that’s a watchamacallit.”

Me “Where did you say you were from?”

I hope you get the idea. It’s like a New Yorker speaking to a person from a small town in the south; both speak english but one is doing it in overdrive and one is on super slow speed and each have their own dialect. The same goes for roofers, and to further confuse things commercial roofers and residential roofers can use the same words for very different things. The differences can be very confusing. Rubber roofing can mean anything from a single ply EPDM, to a peel & stick or torch modified or BUR sometimes even an elastomeric roof coating. The only way to know for sure is to ask questions. As with anything making assumptions will always get you into trouble. The differences in these products are huge, the accessory items and adhesives are not compatible with each other and in many cases will actually cause failure issues if used incorrectly.

T-lock shingles were never used in certain areas of the country like the north-east. Cedar shakes & shingles have been on a steady decline in the western states for the last 10-15 years. PVC single ply roofing is seldom used in Colorado but widely used in other areas. Roofers in Florida have never heard of a snow guard or ice daming.

It is important when choosing a roofer to choose a local contractor who knows the local codes and issues associated with your area. There are many contractors who chase storms; going from one storm to the next, praying for hail and tornadoes to wreak havoc and fill their wallets. Some of them are very qualified, but too many of them just care about making money, not about doing what is best for their customers. Building codes vary even from county to county, and even more so from state to state. If you have a steep shingle roof on your home, you DO NOT want to hire even the very best commercial flat guy. Chances are he won’t do the best job for you even though he is the best roofer doing what he does best. In an area like Pueblo you can ask the “age old” questions of “What high school did you go to?” or “Who has the best slopper?” or “What color does the bell ring?” Out of state contractors will think you are nuts but a local will know exactly what you are talking about. 

Most of all ask lots of questions of him and use your gut instinct to determine if he is the right guy for you. Most manufacturers such as Owens Corning have lists of contractors they have determined are knowledgable and reputable

Your roof protects everything else you own, take time to get the job done right.

Rory Huskin – Cornerstone Roofing an Owens Corning Platinum Prefered Contractor 719-564-5470

Where integrity is the cornerstone of our business