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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would build and mend roofs to keep people warm, safe and dry in their homes and businesses.
You would work with both flat and sloped roofs. Your methods would depend on the type of roof, but typically you would:
- Remove or mend broken tiles or slates
- Check that roof timbers are sound
- Measure and cut materials to the right size and shape
- Lay strips of felt onto timbers, then fit rows of tiles or slates
- Fit lead around chimney stacks and adjoining walls
- Seal roof joints with mortar to make them watertight
- Work with other craftspeople, such as joiners and plumbers
You might also be trained in more specialist methods. You could learn to carry out leadwork, which involves covering a roof using lead rolls (often seen on churches). You could also learn to make thatched roofs out of natural materials.
This work can be dangerous, so you would need to follow health and safety rules very carefully at all times.
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