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Not to be confused with someone who rides the roof of a train, or Atapper.
A roofer or roof mechanic is a construction worker who specializes in roof construction. Roofers concentrate on the application of materials that waterproof and/or weatherproof buildings, designed material—as a substrate for the roofing materials to be installed on, the rafters, beams, and trusses are the frame or skeleton for the roof to be built upon. Roofers must be able to work, have good motor skills and possess general carpentry skills.
In the US, where a trained roofer is called a journeyman, the most common roofing material is asphalt shingles. In the past, 3-tab shingles were used; nowadays, "architectural" or "dimensional" shingles are becoming very popular.
In the United Kingdom there is no legislation in place that requires a roofer to have a license to trade, although some do belong to recognized trade organizations.
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