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Roofer

Roofers re-slate and tile roofs, fit skylight windows and replace lead sheeting and cladding.

Potential salary
£13,000 to £32,000
Working hours
42 to 44 a week
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • leadership skills
  • customer service skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • removing or repairing broken tiles or slates (stripping)
  • checking roof timbers
  • fitting felt sheets to roofs
  • measuring and cutting materials
  • covering roofs with slates, tiles or cladding
  • cutting and fitting lead 'flashings' around chimney stacks and walls
  • sealing roof joints with mortar

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

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, outdoors in all weathers and physically demanding.

You can improve your career options with a qualification like the Level 3 (NVQ) Diploma in Roofing Occupations. You can do specialist skills training in areas like heritage conservation, thatching or installing solar panels.

With experience, you could become a roofing surveyor, estimating costs, dealing with contracts and working with architects. You could also become a site manager or move into technical sales. Other options include training, setting up your own business or working as a roofing consultant.

You'll find more details about careers in roofing from Go Construct.

Data from National Careers Service.

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