Roofers are specialist building workers whose skills are used to erect and clad roof structures and install waterproofing, rainwater equipment and flashings.

Roof construction entails the setting out and construction of various trusses; the erection of roofs; and cladding of roof structures with different materials.

Rainwater equipment includes: development of sheet metal components; marking, cutting, riveting and soldering of sheet metal; and the fabrication and fitting of gutters and downpipes.

Waterproofing installation entails: identification of waterproofing materials; measuring and estimating quantities; and the application of reinforced liquid waterproofing.

Roofers work closely with carpenters, bricklayers, plasterers and other tradesmen in the building industry.

Personal Requirements

  • at least 16 years old
  • able to interpret scale drawings
  • patient, careful and responsible
  • able to work at heights on scaffolding
  • good eye-hand coordination
  • able to use both hands with confidence
  • physically strong


  • building contractors
  • industrial firms
  • trade and general contractors
  • government concerns
  • self-employment, with enough experience can practise this trade on a private basis or start own business

Getting Started

  • try to obtain vacation or part-time work in a building contracting company
  • speak to a roofer about this career
  • contact the Department of Labour about learnership possibilities in your area


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