Think of a building without a roof? Not much it is a building – is it! Roofers are the people who install and repair roofs for buildings and are of course one the most important part of a building and construction team.
Roofers work with gravel, asphalt, tar and other construction materials in order to construct roofs. They work in extreme conditions and are required to perform strenuous lifting and kneeling and bending as well. The job of a roofer is far from being safe as they are always at the risk of falling and injuring themselves – some falls can prove to be fatal as well.
These professionals perform a number of construction and repair duties including inspecting shingles, roofing tiles and putting in place metal roofs. They also remove old roofs and install roof insulation that help counter severe weather conditions.
They must knowledgeable about different materials that are used to build roof and the chemicals and sealants that are used to make sure that a roof stays in place. This may include knowledge of soundproof sections, chemicals, glues and nails. It is the job of a roofer to determine the materials that are required for roof repairs and insulation of new roofs. Since this is a highly skilled trade, roofers work hard to train themselves and acquire training from foremen in the knowledge of tools, equipment, materials and methods that are used in repairing roofs.
Roofers also need to follow safe practices as the procedures that they perform can be hazardous to them and people in the vicinity. Since roofers are trained in following safety practices, the chances of accidents are usually minimized.
• Repaired, maintained, and removed roofs and the installed of new ones
• Measured roof to calculated the quantities of required materials
• Installed vapor barriers and layers of insulation
• Inspected composition shingles, slate shingles and metal roofs for leaks
• Applied cold process roof coatings
• Erected rigging
• Determined materials requirements for roof repairs
• Inspected problem roofs to find out the best way to repair them
• Founded and replaced damaged joists and plywood
• Installed shingles, asphalt, metal, or other materials to make the roof watertight