What does a roofer do?
A roofer performs many tasks over the span of a construction project. They erect ladders and scaffolding to allow access to the workspace, specify the materials to be used and cut them to fit. In addition to laying tiles or sheet metal, they affix waterproof underlays, nail down battens across roof rafters and maintain roofing. Roofers also apply protective paint and waterproof coating systems to a roof to improve its performance and lifespan.
- Risk assessment and safety
- Measure and cut roofing materials
- Erect and dismantle scaffolding
- Clear debris and perform roof maintenance
What skills do I need to be a roofer?
A roofer works outdoors, at heights and in all weather conditions. The ideal candidate would enjoy practical and manual work, have a great sense of balance, good hand-eye coordination and be comfortable working at heights. An understanding of technical diagrams and the ability to accurately estimate the quantity of materials needed for the job at hand will help you advance to more senior positions as a construction professional.
- Strength, fitness and balance
- Technical understanding
- Ability and willingness to work at heights and outdoors
- Good hand-eye coordination
- Spatial awareness and active listening skills
Roofers can specialise in different stages of roof installation or repair. They can also specialise in working with different materials. More recently, they have been called on to help install roof gardens that can turn a roof into a green space.
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Study pathways for roofers
Most roofers undertake a combination of vocational training and an apprenticeship in order to understand both the technical aspects and hands-on skills needed for the job.