Roofing contractors perform essential services by working for building owners and homeowners to install and maintain roofing systems. A functional roofing system is a key component to maintaining a functional and usable structure.
Roofing systems are installed and maintained by skilled roofing crews and technicians. Roofing crews are teams that are made up of different members who have different skills sets and experiences in installing roofing systems. Typically a roofing crew is lead by an experienced roofing foreman. In addition to the foreman, there is a blend of roofing mechanics and roofing laborers or helpers.
The roofing laborer position is an entry level position into the roofing industry. Roofing laborers are responsible for assisting mechanics and the foreman in the completion of tasks related to removing and installing or repairing roofing systems. In addition to assisting the foreman and mechanics, they are also asked to maintain the project sites by cleaning up project related debris and trash. They may also be called on to gather or distribute materials on the project sites.
Roofing laborers are an important part of a professional roofing crew. They help to maintain the site in a clean and orderly condition. They also help improve the efficiency of the roofing crew by performing tasks that the foreman or mechanic may not have time to complete.
As an entry level position, those who get their start in the roofing industry as a roofing laborer should be looking to learn the business from the ground up. The position allows the roofing laborer to experience different aspects of the industry without being called on to make critical decisions related to the project.
Most project foremen and mechanics in the roofing industry have gotten their start as a roofing laborer or helper. They used their entry level positions to gain valuable experience and begin to build their careers.
Commercial vs. Residential
Roofing laborers play an important part in the roofing industry. They are a vital part on both commercial and residential roofing projects. Without roofing laborers, both types of projects are more difficult to complete.
There is a common skill set required on both commercial and residential projects. The greatest difference between residential and commercial roofing projects is the steep-sloped applications versus the low-sloped applications.
When working on commercial roofing projects, most projects are going to be considered flat work. These types of roofing systems are generally found on projects such as shopping centers, factories and office buildings. Residential projects are most steep-sloped projects and are found on residences as well as some commercial buildings such as hotels.
One of the benefits of working on residential projects is that the work can be seen after it is finished. The roof system is visible from the ground and the work can be admired by taking a drive by.
Commercial roofing also has its benefits. Typically these types of roofing systems are on larger expanses and more volume can be done on a daily basis. Commercial projects involve larger teams which can make the work go faster.