01 Apr Roofers In Hamilton: The Realities of Seasonal Work
In our modern world there are a lot of different ways to do work. Some people work from home, other are on shift work, and many people do seasonal work like farming, fishing, and landscaping that require long hours in the spring, summer, and fall while taking most of the winter off. This is in contrast to teachers and professors who get their summers off but work very hard during the rest of the year. In fact, a massive number of jobs in this country work on wildly different schedules than what is considered “normal.”
We have discussed in the past how roofing is far from a normal job. Of course, there are parts of the world where roofing is not seasonal because they do not have the same harsh winters that roofers in Hamilton face; but, Peak Roofing is Hamilton’s Roofing company so when we discuss the industry we are discussing it in that context. Roofing can be done in the winter but it is not a good idea to do it in the winter. The seasonal nature of roofing in Hamilton actually affects the price that you pay for your roof. Since most roofers are seasonal workers they generally need to make enough during the eight months of the year that it is practical to roof to survive the entire year.
This means that when you look at the cost of labor for installing a roof you need to remember that those dollars are going to support a roofer during the winter months when they don’t have work. We’ve said many times that roofing is a feast or famine industry in terms of weather, but it is also seasonal work in Canada and this ads to the desire to make a lot of money in the summer so that the winter can be survived. Roofers work long grueling hours in the summer because they know that work won’t be as plentiful during the cold winter months.
Of course, some employees use roofing as a stepping stone. Both Daniel and I started out roofing in the summer as young men without any intention of becoming full time roofers. As we mentioned in another blog, this developed into a love for the industry and a desire to start our own company. It is the professional roofers who spend years perfecting the art of shingling that need to make sure they make enough money to survive the reality of seasonal work during the lean winter months.