Roofers re-slate and tile roofs, fit skylight windows and replace lead sheeting and cladding.

Day-to-day Tasks

  • fix or replace broken tiles or slates: remove or repair them - it's called stripping
  • look at roof timbers: check if they're still in good shape
  • measure the roof: find out how big it is to know how much material is needed
  • add insulation: make sure the roof keeps things warm or cool
  • cut and add roofing felt: put on a layer to protect the roof
  • cover roofs: use slates, tiles, sheets, or cladding to make sure it's safe
  • add waterproof layers: put special membranes on flat roofs to keep water out
  • fit plastic or lead 'flashings': put them around chimneys, windows, and walls
  • seal joints with mortar: close up spaces with a special kind of material

Skills and knowledge

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of maths
  • physical fitness and endurance
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to operate and control equipment

Industry Qualifications 

If you want to be a plasterer, you can start in a trainee position at a company that provides roofing services. 

To go on any construction site on the Isle of Man you are required to hold a Construction IOM Accreditation Card.

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