If you’re thinking about a career in the roof industry, it’s only right that you do some research beforehand, to understand exactly what qualifications and personality you need to succeed in the industry. To help you find that information, we compiled a list of 7 things you should know before starting your career.
What does a roofer do?
As a roofer, you would typically expect to spend time installing, renovating and repairing roofs. You can even specialise in some areas, such as flat roofing, a slate roofer or even roof thatching. Other tasks will include carrying out roof inspections, fitting insulation, cutting roof felt and taking measurements for materials.
What is the best route into roofing?
To become a roofer, you don’t need university education. You can either complete a college course, an apprenticeship or build your skills on the job. Experience is valued much more than qualifications in this industry. Of course, if you choose to specialise even further, you will need to train even further.
What accreditation do you need?
In order to work and train on construction sites, you will need a membership card to the Construction Skills Certification Scheme or an equivalent, before partaking in roof repair in the North East. You can choose to get a professional roofing accreditation from the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) named the RoofCERT National Roofing Accreditation.
How many hours will you be working?
A roofer’s hours vary depending on lots of factors. There are some scenarios where roofers are unable to work, for example during episodes of extreme weather and after sunset. Typically, a roofer works between 42 and 44 hours per week and are among the highest paid tradesmen in the country.
How well does it pay?
As we’ve already said, roofing is one of the most well paid trades in the UK, with labourers earning between £12,000 and £15,000, and then taking home £25,000 after they qualify. The most experienced workers, particularly those who decide to trade as self-employed take home up to £40,000 every year!
How demanding is roofing?
Being a roofer is physically demanding. Most people who work in the trade develop muscular physiques as a result of the heavy labour involved in the role. Those who work as roofers also need to be comfortable working at heights, in all weather conditions.
Do I need to be able to drive?
A driving licence and access to a van is preferable for those who wish to pursue a career as a roofer. Usually, your company will provide you with access to a van, so you can get to the job site. Occasionally, a job will require you to stay away from home overnight.
Hopefully, you now have all of the information you need to enter the roofing industry. As you can see, there are multiple ways to enter the profession and no one has more merit than another. Roofers welcome anyone and will be pleased to have you on the team!