Professional roofing contractors provide a critical and valuable service to their communities. They install and maintain roofing systems to provide a watertight covering to the building. They also help reduce energy costs by adding insulation value to the building. A quality functional roofing system is a critical component to every building.
Roofing systems are installed by professional roofing crews. Crews are made up of different members including a roofing foreman, roofing mechanics and roofing laborers. Each member of the crew is part of a team. And each member plays an important role in the successful installation and long-term performance of a roofing system.
A professional roofing foreman provides leadership and direction for the roofing crew. In a larger company, the roofing foreman may be give specific goals by either a project manager or a project superintendent. In smaller roofing companies, the foreman may work directly for the business owner. Typically the foreman receives direction from the supervisor as to the daily goals that they need to accomplish. The roofing foreman organizes the project resources including equipment, materials and labor to accomplish the goal that they have been given.
The position of roofing foreman requires experience in the roofing industry. This experience includes both technical experience installing products as well as providing leadership to the crew members who are working on the project.
A roofing foreman uses the management wheel to manage project sites. They begin by analyzing the work to be completed and then organize their resources needed to complete the work. Once the resources are organized they execute the scope of work and then check the results at the end of the work day as well as at the end of the project.
Successful roofing foremen realize that success as a foreman is based in part on their mastery of the technical aspects of their jobs and in part on the ability to provide leadership to other members of their crew.
A skilled roofing foreman is a critical part of a successful roofing crew and roofing company. A skilled roofing foreman provides critical leadership and project oversight on both residential and commercial roofing projects.
Foremen for both commercial roofing and residential roofing have different skill set requirements. A roofing foreman working on a commercial low-sloped project must be able to work with low-sloped materials including EPDM, TPO, PVC and asphalt based systems to complete their projects. A roofing foreman working on a residential project must be able to use steep-sloped roofing products including asphalt shingles, standing seam metal, slate, tile or wood shingles to complete a successful installation.
Leadership is a common skill set needed for both residential and commercial installations. Roofing foremen on both types of installations are responsible for directing crews to complete the scopes of work and deliver a successful project on time and under budget.
A key difference between residential and commercial roofing projects is the size of the crew that is required to complete the project. Commercial roofing projects tend to be larger in size and as a result demand a larger crew to complete the project efficiently. Residential projects typically require a smaller crew to complete projects successfully based on the size of residential projects as compared to commercial projects.
The roofing foreman position is typically a full-time position. In some areas, roofing projects are seasonal due to weather patterns. As a result, some companies may have an “off-season” where demand for a full-time skilled roofing foreman may be reduced. Certain roofing companies may shift a skilled roofing foreman from a installation position to a maintenance and repair position during slower times in order to take care of service calls and other requests. Off-season slow downs present an outstanding time for roofing foremen to improve their skills and knowledge including improving their leadership skills.