Roofers cover houses and other structures with roof tiles, slates, shingles or steel sheeting to form waterproof surfaces.

Roofers may perform the following tasks:

  • look at drawings, specifications and work sites to determine materials required
  • assess risks
  • erect ladders and tile elevators
  • erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
  • place roofing underlays over eaves and secure by nailing or stapling to roofs
  • correctly space and nail wooden strips called battens across the roof rafters on which the tiles or other roofing material will be placed
  • lay aluminium, steel or clay tiles, stone slates, wooden shingles or steel sheeting
  • install metal gutters, downpipes and other rainwater products
  • overlap successive layers of tiles and measure and cut roofing material to fit around vents, chimney edges, and the hips and valleys of the roof
  • fix roof flashings (weatherproof covering)
  • fix the ridge caps and gable ends with cement mortar or tech screws
  • handle waterproofing materials, tools and equipment
  • apply protective paint coating systems
  • clear the roof of debris when the job is finished.


Roofers may specialise in tiling or installing new roofs, repairing existing roofs or removing old roofs and replacing them.

Roofers' work involves a lot of bending, climbing and lifting. They work outdoors, at heights, in all weather conditions.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy practical and manual work
  • good sense of balance
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • willing to work at heights and outdoors.

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