roofer

roofer

Job Description

Roofers specialise in cladding and waterproofing roof structures, with repair work also making up a large percentage of the work in this profession.

In either discipline, a roofer will measure, cut and fit the materials required before making them watertight and structurally sound.

CSCS Card

Required NVQ

Red CSCS Card

NVQ Trainee

Green CSCS Card

NVQ Level 1

Blue CSCS Card

NVQ Level 2

Gold CSCS Card (Supervisors)

NVQ Level 3

Black CSCS Card (Managers)

NVQ Level 4

Why is this a Job for Me?

If you have a head for heights, can work flexibly and have good arithmetic skills.

Average Salary

£13,000 - £30,000

Required Skills

  • Good with heights
  • Can understand/quickly learn building plans
  • Great communicator happy working in teams
  • Health and safety awareness
  • Natural maths ability for figuring out areas, quantities and prices

Working Hours

40

Roofers usually work a 40 hour week, although this is subject to change depending on the season, with overtime likely to be available during the summer months.

Qualification Pathways

Level 2 Diploma

Built-up Felt Roofing

Level 2 NVQ

Diploma in Mastic Asphalting (Construction)

Level 2 Diploma

Roof Slating and Tiling

Level 2 NVQ

Diploma in Roofing Occupations

Level 2 NVQ

Diploma in Cladding Operations (Construction)

Level 3 NVQ

Diploma in Mastic Asphalting (Construction)

Level 3 Diploma

Roof Slating and Tiling

Level 3 NVQ

Diploma in Roofing Occupations

Level 3 NVQ

Diploma in Cladding Operations (Construction)

Career Progression

roofer

Roofing Technician

Site Manager

Specifications

Leading

Lay sheets of lead onto timber boards and perform jointing on these sheets in this popular method of weather protection for homes.

Roof Tiling

Lay clay, slate, concrete or even plastic tiles by fixing them into place with nails so that each row overlaps the one below to exclude rainwater.

Roof Slating

Fix rectangular pieces of slate into place using nails and battens.

Guttering

Install gutters around a roof to direct water away from the buildings base.

Thatching

Build a roof with dry natural materials such as straw or rushes.

Required PPE

Sturdy shoes with a protective toe box and non-slip soles

Eyeshield/safety visor

Hard hat

Gloves

Hi-vis jacket

Required Tools

Hammer

A good hammer will be required for just about every roofing job you will ever do, with a great deal of nailing involved in each job.

Chalk box

Ideal accessory for drawing and keeping track of your measurements when working.

Utility Knife

Your primary tool for removing old roofing and correctly installing new roofing, you can find knives that are specifically designed to withstand the rigours of cutting heavy and thick roofing materials.

Hand Saw

Useful for removing wood that has rotted underneath old roofing. It’s wise to carry a good hand saw with you in case the more typical on-site circular saws can’t access a job due to being hampered by extension cord limitations, or if there is a power failure during the installation.

Measuring Tape

A craftsmen’s brand tape measure will ensure you always have the layout and dimensions of your work in mind.

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