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Carpentry is a skilled trade that involves the construction of buildings and other structures. Carpenters are responsible for the installation of flooring, cabinets, and other wood products. They also install roofing and siding
Carpenters do a variety of work that requires knowledge of carpentry tools, building plans and construction specifications. They build, erect, install, finish and repair structures and fixtures made from wood and other materials.
A carpenter’s responsibilities include:
- Reading blueprints or other instructions to determine the dimensions of a structure or fixture to be built
- Preparing material for installation by sawing, cutting and shaping as needed
- Erecting structures or fixtures such as frames or bracing using hand and power tools as needed
Flooring includes the installation of joists, bearers, and boards to support the floor.
Like carpentry, roofing is a trade that is in high demand. Roofers are responsible for inspecting, repairing and installing roofs. Unfortunately roofing can be more dangerous that the other careers due to the heights and the steep pitches you work on.
Unlike carpentry, roofers must work outside in all weather conditions so you have to be physically fit and able to handle the elements. Most roofers wear safety equipment including hard hats, harnesses and safety glasses. An eye for details is also important because roofers have to ensure that they’re using the correct materials and that they’ve completed the project correctly so there are no leaks or other issues with the roof once it has been installed or repaired.
Different carpentry careers have different challenges and rewards.
Carpenters, flooring installers, roofers, and cabinet makers all work with their hands. They often get to be creative in making things. Depending on the type of project they're working on, they may get to work outdoors or travel to different locations for work. A lot of carpentry jobs involve working as part of a team to complete a project.
It's important that you think about whether you'd be more comfortable being an employee who works for someone else or if you'd like the independence of starting your own business and working as a contractor.