Roofer Kaihanga Tuanui

Roofers repair or install roofs using materials such as roofing iron, tiles and shingles.

Roofers may do some or all of the following:

  • select and estimate the amount of materials to be used
  • measure roofs
  • erect scaffolding and rig safety equipment
  • remove old or damaged iron, tiles or other materials from roofs
  • do minor repairs to the structure of roofs
  • cut roofing materials to size and attach roofing and cladding to buildings
  • install spouting, downpipes and flashing.

Roofers who run their own business may also prepare quotes and invoices for clients.

Physical Requirements

Roofers need to have:

  • excellent fitness and health and must be strong as they lift a lot of heavy building materials
  • good hand-eye co-ordination 
  • a good sense of balance.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for roofers includes any work in the building and construction industry, especially plumbing and carpentry. 

Personal Qualities

Roofers need to be:

  • safety-conscious
  • comfortable with heights
  • quick and efficient, with an eye for detail
  • able to follow instructions
  • able to work well as part of a team
  • good at basic maths
  • organised.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for roofers includes any work in the building and construction industry, especially plumbing and carpentry. 

Subject Recommendations

No specific secondary education is required for this job, but design and visual communication, technology and maths to at least NCEA Level 2 are useful.  

Year 11 and 12 students can learn more about the construction industry, and gain relevant skills, by doing a National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades (Level 1 and 2) through the BConstructive programme.

For Year 11 to 13 students, the Gateway programme is a good way to gain industry experience.

These programmes may help you gain an apprenticeship, but do not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.

Roofers can earn around $17-$25 per hour per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Roofer are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Experienced roofers may progress to set up their own business.

Roofers often specialise in either residential or commercial roofing, or a particular kind of roofing material, such as:

  • tiles
  • shingles
  • roofing iron.
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