Roofers install and maintain built-up roofs, flat deck roofs, and steep roofs with a variety of covering materials.

What do Roofers do?

  • Install, repair or replace built-up or single-ply roofing systems.
  • Install, repair or replace asphalt and wood shingles, shakes and masonry or baked clay roofing tiles.
  • Install sheet metal flashings and apply waterproof coating to concrete or other masonry surfaces below or above ground level.
  • Install and repair metal roofs using hand and power tools.
  • Prepare estimates for clients.

Key attributes for people in this trade are mechanical aptitude, manual dexterity and the ability to work in a team. Roofers work primarily outdoors and work may be seasonal. The work environment may vary from cold to extremely hot, working in the sun with molten bitumen and torches. Roofing is physically demanding work and requires considerable effort in lifting, climbing, bending, kneeling and balancing on high, sloped and sometimes slippery surfaces.

Roofers work in conjunction with other tradespeople in the construction trades. With additional training, roofers may transfer their skills to related occupations such as carpenter and sheet metal worker. With experience, they may advance to supervisory positions or become contractors or inspectors.

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