Roofer

Career Overview  

A roofer covers the roofs of various structures with shingles, slate, asphalt, aluminum, wood, and related materials. They may also spray roofs, sidings and walls with material to bind, seal, insulate or soundproof sections of structures.
 

Skills and Abilities

A roofer may often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. and may do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling. Work as a roofer involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time and requires climbing ladders, scaffold, and poles. Attention to safety practices and training is important and precautions involve the use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat and more depending on specific projects. 
 
A roofers tasks can include the following: Inspecting problem roofs to determine the best repair procedures; Setting up scaffolding to provide safe access to roofs; aligning roofing materials with edges of roofs; cleaning and maintaining equipment; cementing or nailing flashing strips of metal or shingle over joints to make them watertight; installing, repairing, or replacing roofing systems; Cutting felt, shingles, or strips of flashing to fit angles formed by walls, vents, or intersecting roof surfaces; installing vapor barriers or layers of insulation on flat roofs; Cutting roofing paper to size using knives and nails ; stapling roofing paper to roofs in overlapping strips to form bases for other materials and covering exposed nailheads with roofing cement or caulking to prevent water leakage or rust.

Salary Ranges (entry level --> experienced)

$12.03 - $27.86 (hourly)

$25,020 - $57,940 (annual)