A roof system shields occupants of a building from natural elements such as storms and the sun. Roofing managers play a significant role in ensuring that the final structure is stable, safe and durable. In order to fulfill their duties effectively and produce desirable results in a project, they require knowledge of supervisory practices and principles, project costing and an ability to design, review and prepare project plans. Applicants require a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering or a closely related field, and experience in the roofing industry.
A roofing manager holds consultative meetings with architects, contractors and facility managers before designing a roofing plan based on safety, budget, client’s expectations and state and local regulations. For example, if the building does not have an air conditioner, a roofing manager can recommend the use of cool roofs — roofs whose surfaces reflect sunlight and emit heat keeping them cooler in the sun — to improve indoor thermal comfort. He also prepares cost estimates and material specifications reports.
Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 12 percent of the 4,609 workers killed on the job in 2011 in the U.S. Without a proper safety strategy, sharp-edged, low-slope and steep roofs can present safety challenges to workers. A roofing project manager ensures that there are personal arrest systems and safety net systems for employees working on low-slope roofs, and toe boards for those working on steep roofs. He also ensures that workers are wearing protective gears such as hand gloves and head helmets to protect them against cuts and head injuries. It is the manager’s responsibility to budget for training sessions and safety supplies such as first aid kits.
A roofing manager inspects all work material such as tiles, timber and iron sheets to confirm absence of tear, color non-conformance and other defects. He then instructs workers and supervises them to ensure that they adhere to specific details related to quality, texture, color, size and layout of roofing materials. The manager also inspects work in progress and reviews assessments performed by agency inspectors to guarantee conformance to specifications.
Coordinating and managing personnel in a construction plays a critical role in ensuring quality and deadlines are met. A roofing project manager advices the recruiting department on skills he will require to accomplish a project. It is also his responsibility to define the scope of the project and day-to-day targets to his team. Using reports from supervisors, he resolves any work-related challenges the team is facing, as well as ensure that enough supplies are available for continuous work.