Roof decking contractors are often skilled in general contracting, and have a hand in a few different construction applications, such as creating decks with wood railings, roofing, and siding. They often gain their experience on the job, with a focus on safety and efficiency. They should be good with their hands, and while physical strength is not a requirement, it is helpful, particularly when working high up on roofs all day.
Roof decking contractors should be licensed and certified in the state in which they are operating in. They often buy their supplies from manufacturers, wholesalers, and suppliers. These companies offer bulk discounts, shipping and delivery, installation, and design services for both roof and floor assemblies.
Wholesalers, suppliers, and manufacturers, an important component to the roof decking industry, sell all kinds of roofing, such as corrugated, flat, steel form, cellular, and fiberglass. They may also sell related materials like flashing, panels, tiles, metal, and wood railings to residential, commercial, and industrial customers. They may offer specials now and then to entice customers to buy, and they should have full inventories listed on their websites. Other virtual services may include virtual chat and customer support, sales of waterproofing systems, and online order tracking. Overall, services may include in-house shop drawing, structural design and inspections, installation, and same-day pickup and delivery.
Typical customers of roof decking suppliers include contractors, structural engineers, steel fabricators, and owners and developers.
When meeting with roof decking contractors, customers can expect to get a quote beforehand, then schedule a sit-down meeting to go over specific plans, whether it involves a home improvement job or new construction. Materials such as composite metal, wood, and steel, are selected based on the client's wishes, which usually takes into account a set budget.