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A German roofer doing a reed roof (he is wearing the traditional west and trousers of a crafts person)

Roofers in Denver Colorado

Roofers working on a roof in Denver, Colorado.

Two roofers at work

Two roofers at work in New Orleans, Louisiana.

A roofer specializes in roof construction, concentrating on the application of materials that water proof and / or weather proof buildings,designed material—as a substrate for the roofing materials to be installed on. The rafters, beams, and trusses are the frame or skeleton for the roof to be built upon. Naturally, a roofer must not be scared of heights and have good balance as well as carpentry skills. In Australia this type of carpenter is called a roof carpenter and in that country a roofer is someone who puts on the roof cladding (tiles, tin, etc.). In the USA a well trained roofer is called a journeyman. In California, if a journeyman wishes and has three consecutive years working in the field, he is eligible to pass a state test for a contractors license.

The state of California has a particular licensing process for roofers. To get a state license and become a licensed roofing contractor in California, one needs to obtain a C-39 license before contracting any roofing jobs over the amount of $601.00. If the work is performed without a license, the homeowner may be stuck with unsatisfactory results and have no way to get assistance to correct the problems. If a licensed roofing contractor has problems that relate to unfinished work or the work is faulty in any way, the homeowner or property owner can at least file a claim against the roofing contractors' performance bond for the cost of repairs, damages or unfinished work that must be still be completed. Obtaining a bond is a prerequisite before any license will be issued and it must be in good standing and renewed every 2-years or the contractors' license could be revoked.

If you are in the UK there are associations such as Trust a Trader that have a strict code of conduct that there roofers have to follow to avoid rogue traders doing a bad job.

"Nutting up tiles"is a term that comes from roofing labourer,s rolling up a peace of material into a doenut style shape and taking roofing tiles onto the roof on there head leaving there hands free to hold onto the ladder.

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