Roofers may work in commercial and residential settings to assess, repair, or build roofs. A roofer must be able to perform accurate, occasionally intricate work, as well as be able to work safely. A roofer generally works either for a general construction company or for one that specializes in working with the construction and repair of roofs specifically.
One aspect of a roofer’s work involves assessment and repair estimates for preexisting structures. Depending on seniority and responsibility level, the roofer may make a best-practice estimation about the viability of repair on a roof versus replacement. The roofer also needs to be aware of and comfortable with advancements and developments in roofing, and they must demonstrate competence in executing these techniques and equipment. For roofers working on new construction projects, they must follow the design specifications of the architect or engineer.
Roofing is a labor-intensive profession. Roofers work outdoors with their hands and typically possess a background in basic carpentry. Prospective roofers normally need relevant experience, but some vocational schools offer specialized training in carpentry and construction. Roofing work may be seasonal in certain parts of the country, with roofing not performed during especially cold and/or wet times of year.
- Inspect roofs for problems, decides best options for repair, and performs repair work.
- Provides customers with cost estimates for work.
- Replace or install new roofing systems on buildings, customizing materials for individual roofs.