Roofers re-slate and tile roofs, fit skylight windows and replace lead sheeting and cladding.Job Category:
What you will do:
In this job, you’ll:
- remove or repair broken tiles or slates – stripping
- check the condition of roof timbers
- measure the roof area to work out how much material is needed
- fit insulation
- cut and fit roofing felt
- cover roofs with slates, tiles, sheets or cladding
- apply waterproof membranes to flat roofs
- fit plastic or lead ‘flashings’ around chimneys, windows and walls
- seal roof joints with mortar
- knowledge of building and construction
- the ability to operate and control equipment
to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
- knowledge of maths
As well as:
To become a roofer, specific subjects are not typically required. However, having a strong educational background in relevant areas can be beneficial. Here are some subjects and skills that can be helpful:
- Mathematics: Basic math skills are important for measurements, calculations related to roofing materials, and understanding construction plans.
- Design and Technology: Courses related to design and technology can provide hands-on experience and knowledge in areas like construction techniques, woodworking, and project management.
- Science: While not mandatory, understanding basic principles of science, such as physics and materials science, can be beneficial for understanding roofing materials and their properties.
- Physical Education (PE): Roofing can be physically demanding, so being physically fit and having stamina can be important.
- English Language: Effective communication skills, including reading and understanding instructions, are important for safety guidelines and documentation.
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You can take a college course which will teach you some of the skills you’ll need to get a trainee position with a roofing company. Courses include:
- Level 2 Diploma in Roofing Occupations
- Level 2 Diploma in Roof Slating and Tiling
You can get into this job through a roofer intermediate apprenticeship.
This can take up to 2 years to complete. You’ll do on-the-job training and spend time with a college or training provider.
You could work as a roofing labourer or ‘mate’ and do further training while you work to get a roofing qualification.
You can do specialist training courses if you’re interested in heritage and conservation skills in roof slating and tiling.
Working Hours and Environment:
Typically you could work 42 to 44 hours a week, occasionally including evenings away from home.
You could work on a construction site, at a client’s business or at a client’s home.
Your working environment may be at height, dirty and outdoors in all weathers.
You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
Career Path & Progression:
You could become a roofing surveyor, estimating costs, dealing with contracts and working with architects. You could also be a site manager, move into equipment sales or work as a steeplejack.
With a lot of experience, you could train apprentices, set up your own business or specialise in heritage conservation work.