2022-10-15 19:47:30

What do you need to become a roofer?

If you are interested in becoming a roofer, then you will need to complete some specific training or obtain the necessary certifications from the product manufacturer that you would like to use. There are many schools and companies across the country that offer certification programs in roofing, and most states require certification for this type of roofing work. So in this blog post, we will outline what you need to do to become a successful roofer!

Complete the required training in your state

Becoming a certified roofer is a great way to start a challenging and rewarding career in the construction industry. Though it is possible to become a roofer without any formal training, it is always best to successfully complete one formal program beforehand. 

There are a few ways to become trained as a roofer. Many community colleges and vocational schools offer programs that you can take in just a couple of months. And there are also programs available that last 2-3 years. Some of these programs combine on-the-job training with classroom instructions, giving you the chance to learn from experienced professionals while also earning a paycheck.

Here are some options to check out:

No matter which route you choose, training as a roofer is an essential first step in starting a career in this field.

Obtain all the necessary licenses

Depending on your state, you may have to pass an exam to receive your license. You will also need to get liability insurance to protect yourself and your customers. Sometimes this type of insurance is provided by a company in case you work for someone else. But if you are planning to be an independent contractor, it will be up to you whether or not to have this.

Spoiler alert: you need it anyway.

Related: Roofing Contractor License Verification/Requirements by State.

Get a product manufacturer certification

The roofing industry is a competitive one, and product manufacturers play an important role in helping roofers to stand out from the crowd. By certifying roofers and teaching them best practices, manufacturers make sure that their products are installed properly and that homeowners receive product warranties.

This can give potential roofers like you a significant advantage over competitors, and it can be used as an effective marketing tool to promote roofing services. In addition, product manufacturers can provide installers with valuable support and guidance, which is a must to ensure a successful roofing installation.

Have a good understanding of roofing materials

Roofing is a complex and demanding trade, and there are a number of things you need to know before actually working. First and foremost, you need to have a good understanding of roofing materials because there is a wide variety of them available on the market, and each has its own unique properties and use cases.

As a roofer, it is your responsibility to be familiar with the different types of materials so that, based on your knowledge, you can make recommendations to your clients about which type of material would be best for their project needs.

Be willing (and able) to do physically demanding labor

One of the most important things you need to do to become a roofer is to be willing and able to do physically demanding labor. This includes sometimes lifting heavy objects, working in uncomfortable positions, and in all weather conditions. It requires a lot of strength, endurance, and agility.

Roofers generally work on pitched and/or flat roofs of commercial, industrial, or residential buildings. Roofers must have a good sense of balance and coordination. And besides being physically fit, roofers also need to follow instructions and safety procedures and work well as part of a team.

Experience with tools and ideally own the tools

In order to become a roofer, it is ideal to have experience with tools and own the right tools for the job. Roofing involves a lot of heavy lifting and working with specific materials, so it is important to be comfortable using a variety of instruments.

Some tools and safety equipment for roofing include gloves, ladders, hammers, nail guns, screwdrivers, drills, saws, measuring tape, etc. Many roofing companies will provide the materials you need to complete a job, but sometimes they won't provide the necessary tools.

With the right tools and experience, you can work more safely and effectively. While you can often rent or borrow these items, it is much easier to have your own set that you are familiar with. Having your own tools will also allow you to work more independently without relying on others.

See also: 20+ Essential Roofer Tools & Equipment.

Know how to read and interpret blueprints

A roofer is responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of a building's roof and flashing, which are essential for protecting the structure from weather damage. As such, it is crucial that roofers have an understanding of how to read and interpret blueprints/architectural drawings. This ensures that the professional is aware of the specifications for a given project and can properly execute the work. 

In addition, blueprints can provide valuable insight into a building's history and construction, which can be helpful in troubleshooting problems or planning future maintenance. For these reasons, anyone interested in becoming a roofer should take the time to learn how to read blueprints.

Once you gain experience, reading blueprints will become second nature, but it is undoubtedly a must-have skill for anyone who wants to enter the roofing industry.

Use customer service skills

Although the job of a roofer may seem like it is all about physical labor, it is important to remember that good customer service skills are also part of the job. After all, most roofing projects are performed on other people's homes or businesses. And these clients are potentially making a significant investment and trusting you with the safety of their space, so be professional at all times. 

This type of soft (or non-technical) skills include listening attentively to customers, being patient when dealing with difficult customers, and having a friendly and positive attitude. All of this will help you build rapport with customers and ensure that they have a positive experience working with you, which is essential for repeat business and turning those relationships into profit.

Start your roofing career today

So, if you want to become a roofer, now you know what's required. The good news is that you can obtain most of the skills and training relatively easily – it just takes some time and effort on your part. And remember, even if you don't have all the skills yet, as long as you are willing to learn and work hard, there is always room for advancement in this industry. Are you ready to start your career as a roofer?

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