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Qualities of a Great Roofer

Being a good roofer simply means having a head for heights and making sure the roof is securely fitted, right? Not quite. This will not be enough for someone who wants to become a trusted roofer that is known for the high standard of their work.

There is much more involved in the process of becoming a quality roofer, as the skills necessary extend beyond simply being physically able to do it.

Understanding that there are many factors required of an established roofer is the first step necessary to ensure the job will be done well.

Practical Ability

Though the roofing profession involves more than simply repairing and replacing roofs, the practical side of it is still an essential component.

Being able to undertake the physical aspect of the work is an essential requirement for being a roofer, and the amount of effort required from the task should not be underestimated. It is hard work that requires sufficient strength to be able to install the roofing materials, but also to be able to carry all the tools, equipment and materials required.

A good roofer will need to have the mobility and balance necessary to go up and down ladders and to safely move about on scaffolding and on the roof. The ability to work at heights as well as in the elements will also need to be a consideration for a prudent roofer.

Preliminary Work

Though repairing or replacing a roof is mainly about the manual side of the job, there is also the need carry out a certain amount of paperwork.

One of the main requirements is to be able to read plans, which will mean a good degree of analytical and mathematical skills are necessary to understand and interpret these. Maths skills will also come into play when it is necessary to provide a customer with an accurate quote.

The job of being a roofer is not simply a matter of turning up and laying the roofing materials, as understanding the plans is a necessary first step before any practical work can be undertaken.

The extensive nature of the work involved in roofing means that insurance can be a good idea to provide indemnity against damage being caused to any person or property.

Being Prepared

A good quality roofer will aim to get the job done right the first time, and this means being properly prepared to carry out the task.

Being fully prepared will enable a good roofer to work efficiently as there is less likely to be any surprises and nothing will go wrong.

A roofer will need to know how to determine the correct amount of materials required as all of this will be necessary before starting work. This will also apply to having the right tools and equipment for the job that the roofer intends to complete, which will need to be ready before starting work.

In some cases, approval may be required before beginning any work so part of the preparation may involve contact with the relevant planning authority to get this.

Due to the need to work at a height that can be dangerous, it is necessary to be aware of any safety requirements and to put them in place for the duration of the works. This not only means using any necessary equipment, but also making sure that any health and safety regulations are met.

Great roofers will also have the relevant health and safety construction qualifications (i.e. CSCS card) to show they have the necessary skills and knowledge of working on a construction site. 

Wide Knowledge

The knowledge required of a great all-round roofer needs to include all the tasks that they could potentially be asked to carry out. Accordingly, this may not only relate to standard tile or slate, but also non-standard options, such as thatch, or a roof suitable for a listed building.

A roofer’s knowledge will need to be combined with effective communication skills so that the work needed can be explained in a way that can be understood by a lay person.

Having some forethought and recognising that you need the right type of environment in which to work is also a skill that a roofer must have. This will make it possible to recognise weather patterns and the movements of the sun to avoid working in inclement weather or in the dark.

This is a Guest Post from The Learning Station

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