Roofers construct and repair roofs on all types of
buildings. The jobs can range from stripping and re-
slating a roof on a domestic household to working on
renovation of historical buildings or being involved with a
new commercial development.
There are various techniques used in roofing and roofers will often specialise in one or more areas. These include:
The main aspects of a job include stripping off (where appropriate) the existing roof; checking the underlying structure is sound, for example roof timbers; calculating surface areas to be covered and quantities of materials required; in the case of slating - re-sizing, cutting and re-holing of slates; with felt roofing - working with hazardous materials such as molten bitumen; re- covering the roof area and finishing off with mortar or synthetic sealants to ensure the roof is watertight.
Although a lot of materials such as slates can be re- used, some ordering and taking delivery of new materials will often be required.
Depending on the job roofers may work in conjunction with other construction tradespeople, for example joiners and plumbers.
Roofers work 40 hours a week, but this varies when
deadlines must be met.
Roofers work mainly outdoors and at heights, using ladders and scaffolding. The work is physically demanding and roofers have to work in cold, dirty and windy conditions. Similarly, during the summer, roofs can get very hot as heat is reflected from the surface. Protective clothing such as hard hats and knee pads are usually required.
Roofers travel from site to site to complete jobs and although not essential, a driving licence would be useful. Depending on the contract, they may have to work away from home for periods of time.
To be a roofer you should:
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