Roof Tiler

Roof tilers cover structures with roof tiles, slates or shingles to form waterproof surfaces and may perform tasks including;

  • carrying out risk assessment;
  • erecting ladders and tile elevators;
  • attaching battens across the roof rafters on which the tiles will be placed;
  • overlapping successive layers of tiles, sizing and cutting roofing material to fit around vents, chimney edges, hips and valleys;
  • fixing ridge caps and gable ends with cement; and
  • laying aluminium or steel tiles, stone slates, or wooden shingles.

Tilers may specialise in tiling new roofs, repairing existing roofs or removing old roofs and replacing them.  Roof tilers’ work involves a lot of bending, climbing and lifting.  They work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Personal Requirements

  • a good sense of balance and coordination
  • able to work with hands
  • able to work at heights

Education and Training

Entry to this occupation is by way of an apprenticeship or contract of training.

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