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Construction, Architecture & Maintenance careers

Roofing

The sky’s the limit...

If you literally want to reach the top from day one, then roofing could be the career for you.

Think heady heights, carpentry, lead work, thatching, long days, exposure to the elements – and you’ll be on the right lines to understanding the intricacies of these careers.

Why is it important? What does it involve?

Whether it’s your house, an office, a shop, a prison, a hospital or a supermarket, a building without a roof is effectively pointless. Likewise, a damaged roof renders its purpose entirely redundant. Roofers are highly skilled tradesmen who provide a key service to ensure home security and protect people from the elements.

Roofing careers rely on people with attention to detail, the ability to focus in a variety of weather conditions, and the courage to work in potentially dangerous environments

Although the wages for roofers are not the same as city bankers, they will provide you with a good standard of living. There is also the possibility that you will earn beyond the national average wage for roofers, which, according to the Office for National Statistics, is £25,428 per annum. After years of experience, many roofers start their own roofing companies, which allow them to make much more money.

Break it down for me a little bit!

Roofers are required to learn numerous skills. These range from health and safety (i.e. checking the roof timbers are sound and able to bear the weight of the roof), to skilled joinery and carpentry.

Roofing can be divided into several specialist areas, such as thatching or leadwork (the kind of roofing you often find on older buildings, such as churches). Thatching requires many years to perfect and is one of the most specialist forms of roofing.

If you do choose to specialise in a specific area of roofing like these, you may find that your career will involve extensive travelling, as projects can be located across the country, and the people that possess such niche skills can be few and far between.

Working at heights can be dangerous. Despite the fact that roofers use the latest safety equipment, the top of buildings are still potentially dangerous environments, especially when you are responsible for other employees or co-workers.

So, if that didn’t go over your head (Har har! Get it? Like a roof?!), then you could probably nail a career in roofing!