A solid and sound roof is essential to all types of buildings and structures. Roofers are trained workers that perform a variety of tasks to ensure roofs serve their function and are safe for building occupants.
What does a roofer do?
Roofers install and repair roofs that are made out of a variety of materials such as asphalt, tar, gravel, metal, rubber, thermoplastic, shingles to protect buildings and the things and people they contain from many different types of weather conditions. They work on new and existing buildings and on low-slope and steep-slope roofs. They first put a layer of insulation on the deck of the roof and then apply layers of the roof material. They must make sure that the surfaces are watertight to prevent any leaks. Roofers also install equipment such as attic fans and ventilation ducts. Many roofers specialize in a certain type of roof. Some roofers install green roofs that involve the incorporation of plants.
What kind of training does a roofer need?
Roofers typically need at least a high school diploma and most learn their skills through on the job training. Some complete formal apprenticeship programs that are offered by union-management committees. The programs combine classroom instruction and paid on the job training. Apprentices learn the practices of roofing, required tools, safety precautions, and other necessary topics. Many employers provide intensive on the job training that includes classroom instruction and safety training. New employees typically begin with simple tasks such as carrying equipment, and they then move on to more complex duties once they gain experience. Roofers must stay up to date on advancements in the field and they complete additional training as needed.
What are the prospects for a career as a roofer?
Employment of roofers is expected to grow faster than average for all professions, increasing 14% through 2016 (1). The growing population and increasing need for roof repairs and replacements will drive job growth.