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Liquid waterproofing roofers apply protective liquid membranes to flat roof structures to ensure they are watertight.


Average salaries are in the region of £16,000.00 to £24,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Liquid waterproofing roofers apply protective liquid membranes to flat roof structures to ensure they are watertight.

What they do

Whether for refurbishment or new build projects, liquid waterproofing involves the application of a liquid-based coating, encapsulating and preserving the surface underneath, waterproofing and protecting it from the elements and weathering.

Liquid waterproofing roofers work with a variety of roofing systems, using cold applications to negate the fire risk of more traditional roof waterproofing systems.

The work is often physically demanding and training in safe systems of work and the Work at Height Regulations is integral to this role.

Typical tasks include:

  • Removing debris from the surface prior to applying liquid materials
  • Inspecting roofs to determine the best repair procedures
  • Estimating materials required to complete a project
  • Complying with health and safety requirements
  • Working in accordance with method statements and risk assessments
  • Cleaning and maintaining equipment
  • Installing, repairing or replacing liquid membranes
  • Applying knowledge of the technical and practical aspects of using the differing chemistries within the liquid roofing industry

Hours & Salary

  • Trainee and newly trained liquid waterproofing roofers can earn in the region of £15,000
  • Trained with experience, liquid waterproofing roofers can earn in the region of £16,000 to £24,000
  • Experienced liquid waterproofing roofers can earn in the region of £32,000

Salaries typically range depending on location and overtime.  Self-employed Liquid Waterproofing Roofers set their own pay rates. 

In a full-time position, liquid waterproofing roofers usually work between 35 and 40 hours per week. Longer hours may be expected in the summer months and overtime may be necessary to meet deadlines.


 

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Qualifications & Training

What qualifications or subjects do I need for this role?

Although no formal entry qualifications are required to become a liquid waterproofing roofer, it is generally recommended to achieve four GCSEs, including maths and English, at grade C or above, or their equivalents, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals.

What kind of training would I get?

Training is likely to be with an employer and many will favour some site experience. Liquid waterproofing roofers often start out as roofing labourers, gaining on-site experience in specialist techniques. Some may enter the profession through an apprenticeship scheme with a building or roofing company.

The Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association (LRWA) offers a unique apprenticeship programme, specialising in the installation of liquid waterproofing systems.

From trainee through to experienced status, liquid waterproofing roofers are able to work towards achieving NVQ or SVQ qualifications and the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) skilled worker card.

After you've qualified

Those in the profession can apply for membership with the Institute of Roofing (IOR). Membership allows for industry recognition of qualifications and experience, as well as the opportunity for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). 

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Career trends and forecasts

43,830 total people needed

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need a total of 43,830 Roofers every year (which includes Liquid Waterproofing Roofers) for the period 2017 - 2021.  The highest demand will be in the North West followed by South West, Yorkshire & Humber, East England, North East, Wales and South East.

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