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Career and Education Opportunities for Roofers

In general, roofers cover roofs of structures with shingles, slate, and related materials. They also may spray roofs, sidings, and walls with material to bind, seal, or soundproof sections of structures.

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Roofer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

Roofers clear away snow or refuse from roofs before applying roofing materials. They also align roofing materials with edges of roofs. Equally important, roofers have to trim felt and strips of flashing; and fit them into angles formed by walls and intersecting roof surfaces. They are often called upon to cement or nail flashing-strips of metal or shingle over joints to make them watertight. They are expected to set up partially overlapping layers of material over roof insulation surfaces, determining distance of roofing material overlap using chalk lines, gauges on shingling hatchets, or lines on shingles. Finally, roofers inspect problem roofs to establish the best processes for repairing them.

Every day, roofers are expected to be able to maintain balance when in motion. It is also important that they control objects and devices with precise control.