Roofing: Who Does What and When?

When managing your own building project it might seem obvious what a roofer does and when they do it but it is important that you know so that you can keep on top of multiple trades to ensure a smooth running site.

It pays to understand what each trade does and which ones work best alongside each other to minimise time wasting. It is important to know what stage to be at before bringing in contractors and what exactly they need when they get there.

We have focused on everything you need to know when it gets to the roofing stage and working with roofing Conwy.

Roofers: What they Do

Roofers have a wide plethora of things they do. Of course, it goes without saying that they do pretty much anything that is required on a roof, including skylights if you wish.

Take a look at the range of jobs they do below:

  • Rough batten and underlay roof
  • Fix GRP valleys or plumber fixing lead valleys
  • Fix or bed undercloak to verges
  • Fix counter battens if needed
  • Fix and gauge tiling battens to suit slates or tiles
  • Load out slates/tiles
  • Lay roof slates/tiles, nailing where appropriate
  • Lay valley tiles if needed
  • Fix verge slates/tiles
  • Cover flashings to chimney, interleave upstand and lead soakers
  • Interleave vent pip skirts
  • Fix hip or bed ridge tiles
  • Point space between underside of slates/tiles and undercloak
  • Clean off any access or spilled mortar

What Other Trades Do Roofers Work With?

Sometimes, depending on the type and style of roof, roofing Conwy may need to enlist help from other trades for different parts of the roof. They may need to establish fascia levels, and cannot do this alone, so they would need to work alongside a carpenter to get this right. They also may need to work with bricklayers and plumbers to interleave leadwork and flashings on the roof, and soil vent pipes may need some help from a plumber too.

What Equipment Do Roofers Need?

The right equipment ensures that your build is going to be as quick and as smooth as possible. Firstly, your roofer is going to need all the materials to do the job and that also includes ancillary materials such as nails and fixings.

Make sure before hiring a roofer that you have a good scaffold up already, this will likely be in place from bricklayers and other tradesmen. So, if you can keep this in then it will save a lot of time and money.

Roofers use a hoist to get their materials up to them at the top level. This saves a lot of time and means more energy on putting the roof together rather than going up and down the scaffold. Make sure you have a hoist handy to avoid any disruptions.