What is it Like Being A Roofer?

Roofer 2 Think about it. Every building whether it is residential, or business has a roof on it. That means that becoming a roofer equals job security. So, if you are thinking of becoming a roofer there are some things you need to take into consideration.

To get a better handle on becoming a roofer, I contacted the owner of Hollis Roofing and Restoration to give me the rundown on become a roofer. Hollis Roofing and Restoration is located in Willow Springs, Missouri which is in the Midwest part of the United States. The weather can be hot in the summer and snowy in the winter.

What does it take to become a roofer?

Well, first, you must not have a fear of heights. You should be physically fit as there is a lot of heavy lifting, bending, standing on your feet for hours and climbing up and down a ladder. You need to be aware of your surroundings as you will be moving quickly across the roof installing shingles, flashing and dormers. But you will spend the most part of your time nailing in shingles.

You also need to be aware of the safety measures that are require by state law. For the most part, roofers are required to wear safety harnesses and be tethered to the roof to keep them from falling off the roof. Being a roofer is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. So not only is it important to see yourself safe but your fellow roofers as well.roofer job

What hours do roofers work?

Good question. Roofers typically start their day around six in the morning. They typically start at with a briefing of the job and safety procedures. They will start roofing when the sun is rising and, depending on the weather, will work until the early afternoon. Typically, they will take a break when the outside temperature is hottest then resume work until the sun sets.

This is not a Monday through Friday job and many times roofers will work on the weekends. This is mainly on commercial buildings as they do not want to interrupt people who are doing their jobs in the building. Many roofers work forty to fifty hours per week.

Keep in mind in climates that have harsh winters, roofers may not be working on a roof during that time. Most company owners will take that time to update their employees on the latest in safety procedures and training. Finding a good roofer is hard and they realize it is important to keep them paid every during the “off season”.

What type of jobs do roofers do?

how to become a rooferRoofers need to be skilled in no only installing different types of roofing materials, they need to be able to inspect and identify damage that may have been caused by harsh weather conditions. Knowing how to repair is roof properly is crucial because if the roof is not repaired properly, leaks can occur causing damage not only to the roof but the whole building.

Roofers need to know how to remove old roofing properly. Many times, it is necessary to cover windows and the exterior of the home when removing tile roofing. The tile roofing could shatter and fall to the ground hitting the side of the home. The old roof will need to be properly disposed up using a dumpster. Once the old roof has been removed, the roofers will need to be sure there is no excess material on the ground.

It is important to be sure that all of the excess material is cleaned up. Leaving debris behind is a sign of a sloppy job. Also, there are nails and other items that can cause damage to tires or become a tripping hazard.