If you have ever wondered if you could hack it as an industrial roofing contractor, it’s important to have a good handle on what a typical day looks like for those who do the job. Some reports have called roofing one of the most dangerous jobs, likely because most workers spend their time using tools quite a few feet above the ground. A roofing job, however, is also considered one of the most lucrative because all buildings have roofs, meaning there is never a shortage of jobs. Roofing jobs also pay well, likely because of the difficult manual labor and danger.
So what is it like to work a day in industrial roofing services? For many, it starts early in the morning. This is because in many areas, midday sun can be especially hot and uncomfortable while perched on top of a building. In addition, beginning work early in the morning means generally being able to avoid any midday weather such as rain, high winds or storms. This is another reason why roofers rely heavily on checking the weather before heading out to a project site. Weather is one of the easiest ways for a roofing project to be delayed or go off the rails, so intimate knowledge of possible conditions is very important.
Roofers also face tough physical conditions aside from weather. A roofer must have good balance, no fear of heights and be reasonably strong. While working, roofers are often in uncomfortable, hunched over positions, meaning strong shoulders and a strong back will help to alleviate some of the strain on the body. In addition, a strong core can also make work a bit easier.
Workdays for a roofer, because they start so early, often end earlier than other jobs as well. This is because it can be extremely expensive to do work during night hours because of low visibility and potentially cold temperatures.
A roofer must also be comfortable with teamwork. Roofs are large, especially on industrial buildings, so that means that any solo work is not common. Instead, teams of roofers must work together to get a job done quickly and effectively. Jobs may consist of industrial waterproofing, general repair, inspections and more. All of these tasks take the work of a team who can coordinate, collaborate and communicate well.
Roofers also must understand the pressure their clients are under, specifically if they are dealing with an emergency repair. Leaks are never a good sign and roof cave ins are, of course, even worse. Business owners and managers, particularly those of industrial companies who have lost equipment, machinery and product, will be stressed out and worried about money loss, so it’s important for roofers to calm and easy to talk to. A roofer who is condescending, angry or rude will not have a pleasant work experience.
The roofing industry is a high-paying, readily available one to step into if you are interested. There are jobs in every city and it’s easy to transfer cities with the experience you’ve gained, making it a good career for someone who foresees needing to move often.