Roofers apply built-up composition roofing and many other materials such as tile, slate, composition shingles, metals, various types of plastic materials, and other surfaces. Roofers also remove old materials in preparation for new roofing material. Some of the equipment they use tar kettles, power-operated hoists and lifts, compressors, shingle removing equipment, and spray rigs.
Roofers work as part of a crew, outside, usually in the open and are dependent on good weather conditions. The majority of the work is at some height, (on roofs or scaffolds), so much of the time is spent climbing ladders. Work is strenuous and involves standing, lifting, climbing, bending, and squatting, often in a very hot environment.
Aptitude and Interest
Roofers must be physically strong, with flexible muscles and joints. Roofers often work high above the ground and anyone with a fear of heights should look for another field. Roofers often work in very hot or very cold weather conditions.
To become a skilled roofer training is essential.
It is generally accepted that the more formalized training programs give more comprehensive skill training.
Recommended high school courses include mathematics, blueprint reading, and general shop.
**Wage and compensation information based on CT Department of Labor data reported as of July 1, 2023.
***Apprentices are paid on a graduated scale as their skill and experience increases.