What Does a Career in Commercial Roofing Look Like?

Kathleen Maxwell | May 25, 2023

Maxwell roofing hat and construction vest on a job site.

If you’re a construction worker looking for a new path, you should consider the benefits of a career in commercial roofing. Construction is a secure industry, and roofing jobs offer plenty of room for career growth. Here we’ll give an overview of a job in the commercial roofing industry, including a daily schedule, the possibilities for career advancement, and the experience you’ll need to get started. While it’s difficult to explain all the nuances of a job in one article, we hope this overview will give you a sense of what it might be like to work in the roofing industry.

A Roofer’s Daily Routine

A job in commercial roofing offers workers a lot of variety in their daily tasks. No job site is the complete same, and roofers work with a range of different products and materials. This industry is a good fit for anyone who likes physical labor and enjoys spending most of their time outside. After an on-site safety check, work promptly begins. Successful roofers are committed to safety and don’t mind physical labor. We like to think commercial roofing is a great fit for anyone looking to learn new skills, methods, and procedures as the industry changes. It consists of early mornings and working in a variety of weather conditions. The ability to climb ladders and be comfortable with heights is another important trait for anyone considering this career path.

Roofing Job Trajectory

Typically, a commercial roofing career path starts with laborer positions. Individuals working as laborers do most of the on-site construction work. New roofers are introduced to roofing equipment, techniques, and materials, and they learn the difference between a variety of commercial roofing systems.

Hardworking roofers can go on to become Crew Foreman, which means they supervise and train the roofers on the job and oversee the entire roofing project. Foremen are responsible for the safety, direction, and management of the assigned crew. The Foreman executes the daily work plan, making sure it is completed on schedule per manufacturer specifications. Ambitious roofers can eventually move up to become a Superintendent. The Superintendent manages multiple roofing projects at once and is responsible for the quality, safety, productivity, and morale of the Construction department.

Job Outlook

With a career in commercial roofing, you’ll develop skills that will always be in demand. Whether a roofer is looking to climb the ladder at their company or not, the work that is done every day matters. Our skilled trade is one that can always be learned by those who are eager and ready to put in the work. Construction is growing and because commercial roofing also involves maintenance and repairs, the industry doesn’t see as many downturns as other industries.

Required Experience

There are roofing jobs available for workers with any level of experience. Roofing laborer jobs can be a great introduction for people who want to start gaining skills in construction. Workers with previous construction or roofer experience may be able to join a team as a Foreman.

If you’re ready for a career in commercial roofing, take a look at Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal’s career page or contact us today to learn more.

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