Roofers cover houses and other structures with roof tiles, slates, shingles or steel sheeting to form waterproof and durable surfaces.
Personal requirements of a Roofer
- Enjoy practical and manual activities
- Good sense of balance
- Good handâ€“eye coordination
- Willing to work at heights and outdoors
Education & Training for a Roofer
To become a roofer you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in Metal Roofing and Cladding, Roof Tiling or Roof Plumbing. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Duties & Tasks of a Roofer
Roofers may perform the following tasks:
- examine drawings, specifications and worksites to determine materials required
- assess risks
- erect ladders and tile elevators
- erect and dismantle restricted-height scaffolding
- place roofing underlays over eaves and secure them by nailing or stapling these to roofs
- correctly space and nail wooden strips (battens) across the roof rafters on which the tiles or other roofing material will be placed
- measure and cut roofing material to fit around vents, chimney edges and the hips and valleys of the roof
- fix roof flashings (weatherproof covering)
- fix the ridge caps and gable ends with cement mortar or tech screws
- apply protective paint coating systems
- clear the roof of debris after job completion.
Working conditions for a Roofer
Roofers' work involves a lot of bending, climbing and lifting. They work outdoors, at heights and in all weather conditions.
Employment Opportunities for a Roofer
Many roofers are self-employed or work for small companies that supply and fix roofs. They are usually subcontracted to roofing manufacturers on a semi-permanent basis. Roofers are also directly employed by manufacturing companies and by state, territory or local government bodies concerned with public works.