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Typical Day in the Life of a Roofer

As roofers in Gig Harbor, Tacoma, and across the Kitsap Peninsula, we think we have the best job in the world.

But what exactly does a roofer do? Glad you asked! We’re excited to tell you more about the nuances of the job that make it all worthwhile.

How Roofers Getting Started

You can’t just climb a ladder and start hammering in shingles. While roofers don’t require specific training, they often learn through an apprenticeship. This is on-the-job training provides soon-to-be roofers with the hands-on training they need to be productive and safe.

If you want to acquire specific training, coursework in math along with building and construction are especially helpful.

What does it take?

Roofing is a physical job that requires folks who aren’t afraid of heights and can spend most of outside. You will kneel, lift, and climb all day long. Roofers also need to have a good sense of balance and an awareness of their surroundings.

As a roofer, you also need to prioritize safety, which includes thinking about the safety of your coworkers.

A Day in the Life

The day will likely start with a safety check. That means warming up your body to best perform the physical work you’re about to do, as well as setting up the job site.

You will unload your supplies, and stage them to make your work as efficient as possible.

A new roof starts with the demolition of the old roof, with installation to follow. But you might also perform a repair.

You will have the opportunity to learn more about asphalt shingles, cedar shake roofs, and even metal roofs


Roofer’s Responsibilities

As a roofer, you will be responsible for the entire installation process. You will need to make sure you are installing the materials per the manufacture’s specifications and city or town building codes.

You will need to cut down shingles to fit and make sure they are sealed properly.

The job of a roofer is complex but satisfying. Not only are you able to perform a job, but you can help homeowners protect one of their most valuable assets.

If you are looking to start a job as a roofer, give us a call. We would be happy to talk more with you about your goals and any job openings we have.

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