Liquid waterproofing roofers apply protective liquid membranes to flat roof structures to ensure they are watertight
The Role
  • 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
  • The work is often physically demanding and training in safe systems of work and the Work at Height Regulations is integral to this role
  • 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
  • Trainee and newly trained liquid waterproofing roofers can earn in the region of £17,000 - £20,000
  • Trained with experience, liquid waterproofing roofers can earn in the region of £20,000 to £30,000
  • Experienced liquid waterproofing roofers can earn in the region of £40,000
Salaries typically range depending on location and overtime.  Self-employed Liquid Waterproofing Roofers set their own pay rates.
Qualifications & Training
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 4 (C )or above, or their equivalents such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals. 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. 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).