As temperatures continue to plummet across the state, we at I Build America – Ohio are feeling especially grateful for our skilled tradesmen and women who create strong structures that shield us from the elements. Today’s featured position is all the more appreciated this time of year. Roofers (literally) put a roof over our heads. Without their expert touch, we’d never be able to get away from the wintery mix we all hope to avoid.
We all know – and appreciate – the results of a roofer’s hard work, but what exactly goes into the average work day? Daily responsibilities vary, depending on the specific project, but these tasks are typical:
- A thorough pre-inspection: Before work can even begin, a roofer has to determine the best route to take, from a simple repair or a full replacement. Then, they must make sure that they have everything they need to complete that job, including tools and teammates.
- Precise measurement and trimming of materials: Each roof is unique, so careful measuring and cutting is needed to properly fit around chimneys, gutters, and corners. A trained eye and steady hand are critical to completing this step.
- Proper surface prep: A sturdy roof starts with a smooth surface. So before any shingles are added, a roofer must remove any rough spots with a variety of tools like hammers and chisels.
- Expert installation: A truly weatherproof roof requires on-the-job problem-solving. Some roofs simply require shingles and asphalt, while others need additional insulation. No matter what a roofer is met with, their expertise is needed to prevent leakage and future damage.
- A complete clean-up: The job isn’t over once the roof is up. True customer service includes the removal of all items that were brought onsite to complete the job. Customers, from private homeowners to large corporations, will be kept safe and happy with this final step.
To complete these everyday tasks, the following skills are especially beneficial:
Excellent communication skills: No matter if they’re communicating with other contractors or directly with customers, roofers must keep a positive attitude and complete transparency.
Physical fitness and stamina: Heavy lifting and mobility is part of a roofer’s job. They must feel comfortable lifting 75 pounds, maneuvering throughout a jobsite, and managing heights in all types of weather conditions.
Skilled technique: Thorough training and experience ensures roofers insulate and cover correctly. This, combined with professionalism and dedication to safety keeps everyone safe on the jobsite.
The path to a career as a roofer can be tailored to each individual, as there are no specific requirements. The following are some great steps to take to get you there:
- Earn a high school diploma or GED: While this is not required, most employers prefer it.
- Complete an apprenticeship or company-sponsored training program: As we discussed earlier this month, apprenticeships are the best first step. This on-the-job training helps hopeful roofers get comfortable with all the tools, equipment, and materials used on a daily basis.
- Complete any required licensing: The State of Ohio does not have a statewide license. Licensing is regulated on a local level and must be tailored to each project’s location.
If this sounds like your kind of career, visit our apprenticeship page to start on your path toward becoming a roofer. You can make a great living today and continue for years to come. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average roofer makes nearly $40,000 per year. And, as existing homes age and new buildings continue to be built, the need for quality roofers will continue to rise. There’s no better time than the present to get your career as a roofer started.