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Your tradie needs to be covered by an appropriate insurance policy. Public liability insurance is compulsory and gives liability protection against third party injuries and property damage caused by the contractor. This will protect you should anything go wrong with your home improvement project. Insurance certificates need to be current and valid for the duration of the project works.

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Cover roofs of structures with shingles, slate, asphalt, aluminum, wood, and related materials. May spray roofs, sidings, and walls with material to bind, seal, insulate, or soundproof sections of structures

Role of a Roofer

Unsurprisingly, roofers are building workers who specialise in everything to do with roofs, using their skills to erect, clad and waterproof roof structures and install rainwater goods and flashing. They are the guys shimmying up onto the top of your house or block of flats to fix that leaky roof and keep your family toasty, warm and dry.

Roofers tend to work on two types of roofs: sloped roofs, which usually require slating and tiling using roof tiles, or flat roofs, which are covered by spreading a waterproof bitumen layer or fitting felt sheets. Some choose to specialise in more unusual roofing techniques such as thatching or leadwork.

A large part of a roofer’s work will be repairing roofs, by removing and replacing broken tiles measuring, cutting and fitting roofing materials, and finishing off joints to make them watertight. Roofers also check to make sure that roofs are structurally sound.Roof tilers generally work a 40-hour, five-day week, but overtime may be required to meet construction deadlines.

Those who work for themselves would normally work longer hours including weekends to complete the job as quoted. You'll work outdoors on roofs of varying heights, sometimes from ladders and scaffolds. You must observe safe working practices to avoid falling and injury when working with hazardous materials. The heat can be intense for those working on roof structure in the summer.

They are be required to lift materials and equipment weighing up to and in excess of 25 kilograms. A Roof Tiler's work involves a lot of bending, climbing and lifting. They work outdoors in all weather conditions.Some travel may be required to get to various work sites.

Repaired, maintained, and removed roofs and the installed of new ones

• Measured roof to calculated the quantities of required materials

• Inspected composition shingles, slate shingles and metal roofs for leaks

• Applied cold process roof coatings

• Erected rigging

• Inspected problem roofs to find out the best way to repair them