If you have ever thought about getting a job in the roofing business there are a few things that you should be prepared for. It’s not for everyone, but those who are good at it can make a comfortable living, and become very in tune to the industry, while actually come away with more knowledge in other fields that are related to roofing. Here are a few things that you need to know when deciding if becoming a roofing contractor is right for you.
It is a very physically demanding job. You will be climbing up and down ladders, lifting extremely heavy materials. Since you are working outside for the most part, you will be dealing with the heat of summer and the cold of winter. More people than not have projects like this done in the summer, so often it will be the summer heat you have to worry about, but if you like being outdoors then this won’t be a problem. And if you are strong and physically active person, then you will be fine, and will enjoy doing your job instead of sitting behind a desk for most of the day.
You will probably start with an apprenticeship program or on with on the job training. There are no special courses at a college that you will need to take. So if you enjoy learning using a hands-on approach, this job would be one that you would excel at. You would be able to start with the basics and then take on more complicated task as you progress in your career.
You will be able to find work relatively easily. With this job choice, there is job growth in the industry so with a little experience it shouldn’t be too hard to find a place to work. If you have to pick up and move to a new state, you will be able to use the same skills you learned from your last location and apply them to your new location. While some types of roofing are applied to certain regions, such as hot weather states like a type of roofing that may not be very popular in cold states, but in general, your skill set will not change so much that it will be foreign.
So if you are thinking of starting a career in the roofing industry then start by looking in the paper and online for opportunities. When you apply, if you have never worked in the roofing industry before, be sure to mention the similar industries you have worked in such as laying carpet, installing cabinets, or anything that involves an aspect of physical labor. You will want to be completely honest in your skill set so you are not given a task that you are unable to perform properly. Once you have been given the job, be sure to show up with a clear mind and be ready to learn. The better you perform, the faster you will move up in the business, and who knows, you may even own your own company one day.