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What does a Roofer do?

A roofer works on the tops of buildings installing, maintaining and repairing roofs using a variety of materials. They can work on the tops of both commercial and residential buildings and on construction sites. Roofers are often responsible for the whole process of roofing from inspecting a roof for damage or wear to sourcing materials and completing repairs.


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Working as a Roofer

Roofers have a variety of duties, which can include:

  • Inspecting roofs to determine the extent of any damage and the need for repairs
  • Measuring the affected areas to define the job and calculate the materials required
  • Replacing and repairing roofing materials including joists, plywood frames, tiles and shingles
  • Adding insulation and damp-proofing to existing roofs
  • Discussing plans with clients to verify the scope of the work and confirm timelines and costs
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How much does a Roofer make in the United States?

Average base salary

$6,375per year
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The average salary for a roofer is $23.93 per hour in the United States and $6,375 overtime per year.3.1k salaries reported, updated at September 12, 2022

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Common questions about for a Roofer

Where do roofers work?

Roofers undertake a lot of domestic work attending customer call-outs to assess storm damage, replacing missing shingles, repairing rotten or damaged joists and performing routine maintenance. Commercial buildings also require the same level of attention to keep them watertight, and some roofers work on construction sites as well by building roofs on new buildings.

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What hours do roofers work?

Roofers will usually work a standard 40-hour week. Most roofing work has to take place during times of nicer weather, so there tends to be less work in the winter, particularly in the northern states. Many roofers work long hours during the summer and dry periods to make up for this, so they will take advantage of the increased daylight in the afternoons and evenings to put in more hours.

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Is roofing work dangerous?

Working on high roofs and with hot substances such as bitumen will always carry certain risks, but roofers receive specific training to help them work safely. There is also a range of specialized safety equipment which can be used to minimize the risks even further.

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