Being a professional roofer is one of the hardest jobs you have. Maybe it isn’t as sexy and glamorous as house-flipping, or deep-sea fishing, but the labor is intense and non-stop, and most people are simply not capable of doing it. I have a lot of friends who went to college, or took dead-end jobs at coffee shops or offices. I make a lot more money than they do, but sometimes I envy them. They get to spend their days in cool, comfortable AC while I am out in the blistering hot sun doing roof repair and replacement. A normal day of roofing starts an hour before the sun comes up. It is unsafe to do roof repair in the dark, but my crew assembles the tools and supplies and gets to the worksite so that we can begin working at first light. Sometimes it can be life threatening to work with roofing in the blazing sun of high noon, so my roofers work early in the morning and late in the evening, taking a long lunch break in the middle. I rarely eat lunch, because I’m so exhausted from the morning of roof repair that I lay in the backseat of my car and take a nap until it’s time to start again. Roofing is not a job for the weak of heart or frail of constitution. I believe that my days are numbered here, and within another decade I will need to stop roofing. I don’t want to die exerting myself in the hot sun, so maybe I should become a roofing contractor myself, and hire other people to do the hard labor.

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By Steve