I. Physical and endurance skills
Endurance and physical skills make up one of the top elements when it comes being a successful roofer. Some of the jobs you will be handling take several days to get finished, meaning you will be spending many uncomfortable hours up there on a roof regardless of the prevailing climatic conditions. Moving the roofing materials, endless swinging of the hammer, putting on caps and so forth are some of the physical chores that you constantly undertake while on a roofing project, may it be replacing a whole roof with a new one or just doing some simple repairs. For instance, each package of roofing shingles normally weighs approximately fifty pounds and over but all have to be physically lifted to the spots they are required. A large job takes around 10 to 30 bundles of these shingles.
It isn’t always safe to carry the said bundles while up there on the roof, particularly on extra high roofs. Fortunately, there are several companies that have small cranes for hire to help out the roofers get the roofing materials where they are wanted. On the other hand, if you can’t handle carrying the said bundles where they are wanted, sitting in the sun for endless hours, continuously swinging the hammer for hours on end and fixing roofing issues almost every other minute, then you aren’t cut out to be a roofing specialist.
When you think about it, courage goes hand in hand with physical endurance. If you fear height, then being a roofer isn’t something for you. Overcoming the constant fear of height shows just about how adamant a person is on what he or she wants to do in life. Simply put, it calls a courageous person to go up a ladder and then onto the roof for whichever repairs that are required at the moment. Remember, climbing onto and off a roof isn’t that easy and accidents do happen at times regardless of how seasoned you are as a roofer.
III. Intellect and knowledge
Despite what some people may think when it comes to roofing, it takes a lot of intellect and knowledge to know how to excellently fit each roofing piece into its proper position. Whether measuring the area of a roof to be fitted with the wanted roofing material, cutting pieces wood, shingles or whatever else needs to be done, mathematical skills are surely needed. All in all, like in all other trades, it takes a lot of learning, patience and intellect to become a successful roofer, however, the end results are truly admirable!