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Becoming a Roofer

A roofer professionally builds, inspects, repairs and replaces roofs for residential and commercial properties. They install different roofing materials, and they can also work on other parts of the building’s structure, such as cladding and skylight windows. They may also help customers select and purchase roofing materials. This job requires excellent customer service skills to ensure that clients are satisfied with the services provided and that all safety procedures are followed on the site.

Roofers must be able to identify and repair leaks, gaps, cracks and other problems in the structure of a roof. They may also need to remove and replace existing shingles or install new ones. They must be familiar with a wide range of construction techniques and materials, including metal, fiberglass, shingle and flat roofs. They must also be able to install vapor barriers and insulation to improve a roof’s energy efficiency and water resistance.

Depending on the area, roofers may need to complete a roofing/shingler apprenticeship program. This usually involves both classroom studies and on-the-job training under the guidance of a journeyman roofer. Apprentices typically earn while they learn, and their wages are typically a percentage of the journeyman’s hourly rate.

The majority of a roofer’s time is spent working outdoors, often alongside a team of other construction professionals. They are typically required to wear protective clothing and gear when working on a roof, as well as follow all safety guidelines. They must be able to climb ladders to reach the roof, and they may need to use power tools to install or repair a roof.

Those interested in becoming a roofer should look for a company that hires experienced workers and offers competitive pay. It is important to research local roofing companies before hiring one, as their quality can vary greatly. It is also helpful to find out whether or not a company is licensed and insured. Also, check online reviews to see if a company has been the subject of any complaints or if there are any safety violations on their record. Finally, it is essential for any roofer to be proficient in reading and writing.