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Working As A Cool Roofing Installer

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Getting Information
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $58,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Cool Roofing Installer Do

Roofers replace, repair, and install the roofs of buildings using a variety of materials, including shingles, bitumen, and metal.

Duties

Roofers typically do the following:

  • Inspect problem roofs to determine the best way to repair them
  • Measure roofs to calculate the quantities of materials needed
  • Replace damaged or rotting joists or plywood
  • Install vapor barriers or layers of insulation
  • Install shingles, asphalt, metal, or other materials to make the roof weatherproof
  • Align roofing materials with edges of the roof
  • Cut roofing materials to fit around walls or vents
  • Cover exposed nail or screw heads with roofing cement or caulk to prevent leakage

Properly installed roofs keep water from leaking into buildings and damaging the interior, equipment, or furnishings. There are two basic types of roofs: low-slope and steep-slope. Solar and vegetative features are sometimes incorporated into both low- and steep-slope roofs. Roofers may specialize in the installation and replacement of one or more of these roof systems.

Low-slope. Low-slope roofs rise less than 3 inches per horizontal foot and are installed in layers. Low-slope roofs make up nearly three-quarters of all roofs, as most commercial, industrial, and apartment buildings use this type. 

Many of today’s low-slope roofs are covered with a single-ply membrane of waterproof rubber or thermoplastic compound. Most previously installed low-slope roofs, however, use several layers of roofing materials or felt membranes stuck together with hot bitumen (a tar-like substance).

Steep-slope. Steep-slope roofs rise more than 3 inches per horizontal foot and most commonly use asphalt shingles, which often cost less than other coverings. Steep-slope roofs make up most of the remaining roofs, as most single-family homes use this type.

Although roofers most commonly install asphalt shingles, some also lay tile, solar shingles, metal shingles, or shakes (rough wooden shingles) on steep-slope roofs.

Traditional roofing systems may incorporate plants and landscape materials, and these features are becoming more common. A vegetative roof is typically a waterproof low-slope roof, covered by a root barrier. Soil, plants, and landscaping materials are then placed on the roof.

Solar features are increasingly popular on roofs. These systems include solar reflective, which prevents the absorption of energy; solar thermal, which absorbs energy to heat water; and solar photovoltaic, which converts sunlight into electricity. Roofers install some photovoltaic products such as solar shingles and solar tiles, but solar photovoltaic (PV) installers typically install PV panels. Plumbers and heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics also may install solar thermal systems.

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How To Become A Cool Roofing Installer

Although most roofers learn on the job, some learn their trade through an apprenticeship program. There are no specific education requirements for roofers.

Education

Although there are no specific education requirements for roofers, high school courses in math, vocational education, mechanical drawing, and blueprint reading are considered helpful. Technical schools that offer courses related to roofing may be available in a few areas.

Training

Most on-the-job training programs consist of instruction in which experienced workers teach new workers how to use roofing tools, equipment, machines, and materials. Trainees begin with tasks such as carrying equipment and material and erecting scaffolds and hoists. Within 2 or 3 months, they are taught to measure, cut, and fit roofing materials, and later, to lay asphalt or fiberglass shingles. Because some roofing materials, such as solar tiles, are used infrequently, it can take several years to gain experience on all types of roofing. As training progresses, assignments become more complex.

Some roofers learn through a 3-year apprenticeship. For each year of the program, apprentices must have at least 144 hours of related technical training and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. Apprentices learn about roofing and construction basics, such as blueprint reading, mathematics, building code requirements, safety, and first aid practices.

Several groups sponsor apprenticeship programs, including unions and contractor associations. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans. The basic qualifications to enter an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Physically able to do the work

After completing an apprenticeship program, roofers are considered journey workers who can perform tasks on their own.

Important Qualities

Balance. Roofing is often done on steep slopes at significant heights. Because of this, workers should have excellent balance to avoid falling.

Physical stamina. Roofers must have the endurance to perform strenuous duties throughout the day. They may spend hours on their feet, bending and stooping—often in hot temperatures—with few breaks.

Physical strength. Roofers often lift and carry heavy materials. Some roofers, for example, must carry bundles of shingles that weigh 60 pounds or more.

Unafraid of heights. Because work is often done at significant heights, roofers must not fear working far above the ground.

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Average Length of Employment
Roof Mechanic 4.9 years
Roofing Contractor 4.2 years
Shingler 3.0 years
Commercial Roofer 2.8 years
Roofer 2.7 years
Roofing Technician 2.7 years
Installer 2.4 years
Metal Roofer 2.2 years
Roofer Apprentice 1.8 years
Roofer Assistant 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Cool Roofing Installer
Installer 9.2%
Carpenter 7.6%
Roofer 6.9%
Cashier 6.1%
Cook 4.6%
Apprentice 4.6%
Foreman 4.6%
Owner 3.8%
Machinist 3.8%
Technician 3.8%
Manager 3.8%
Driver 3.8%
Top Careers After Cool Roofing Installer
Installer 9.1%
Owner 6.8%
Carpenter 6.3%
Welder 6.3%
Cashier 6.3%
Driver 5.7%
Supervisor 4.5%
Foreman 4.0%
Painter 4.0%
Technician 3.4%
Cook 2.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$58,000
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$27,000
Min 10%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$124,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
MOMENTUM
Highest Paying City
Detroit, MI
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.7 years
How much does a Cool Roofing Installer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Cool Roofing Installer in the United States is $58,751 per year or $28 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $27,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $124,000.

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Top Skills for A Cool Roofing Installer

  1. New Roofs
  2. Job Site
  3. Repair Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Replaced and installed new roofs on buildings such as school and hospitals for the summer.
  • Managed job site by directing employees, and expertly installed roofing and siding.
  • Inspect problem roofs to determine the best repair procedures.
  • Installed another membrane somewhat to the rubber which was called TPO
  • Followed OSHA Standards, by maintaining a clean and safe working environment.

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Top 10 Best States for Cool Roofing Installers

  1. Hawaii
  2. Washington
  3. New Jersey
  4. Illinois
  5. Nevada
  6. Rhode Island
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Connecticut
  9. New York
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Cool Roofing Installer Demographics

Gender

Male

82.2%

Unknown

14.5%

Female

3.3%
Ethnicity

White

66.1%

Hispanic or Latino

16.0%

Black or African American

9.6%

Asian

4.9%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

German

16.7%

Italian

16.7%

Cool Roofing Installer Education

Schools

A-Technical College

8.0%

University of Phoenix

8.0%

Morris County School of Technology

8.0%

Cascadia Community College

8.0%

Snow College

8.0%

Chaffey College

4.0%

Stockton University

4.0%

Michigan Technological University

4.0%

Chippewa Valley Technical College

4.0%

Alamance Community College

4.0%

Texas A&M University

4.0%

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State New Kensington

4.0%

Pima Community College

4.0%

Suffolk County Community College

4.0%

Daytona State College

4.0%

Southeast Community College Area

4.0%

Tennessee Wesleyan College

4.0%

University of Wisconsin - Platteville

4.0%

Clark College

4.0%

Appalachian State University

4.0%
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Majors

Business

17.4%

General Studies

13.0%

Precision Metal Working

8.7%

Project Management

5.8%

Automotive Technology

5.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.3%

Finance

4.3%

History

4.3%

Electrical Engineering

4.3%

Management

2.9%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.9%

Medical Technician

2.9%

Sustainability

2.9%

Construction Management

2.9%

Computer Science

2.9%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.9%

Computer Engineering

2.9%

Small Business Management

2.9%

Graphic Design

2.9%

Kinesiology

2.9%
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Degrees

Other

50.4%

Bachelors

17.1%

Associate

16.3%

Certificate

8.1%

Masters

4.1%

Diploma

4.1%
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