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Undertaking the re-roofing of your property is big a decision that requires careful planning. Choosing the wrong company at this stage will only add to what is already a fairly stressful and costly exercise It is in your interest to be as informed as possible, and to help you with this we have put together a list of some of the main things you’ll need to know. Too often, we are called to clients who have fallen foul of the ‘cash only’ rogue roofer.
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF ROOFING CONTRACTORS
The NFRC is the trade association for the whole of the roofing industry and have a very useful website with a list of all reputable roofing companies in your area all searchable by postcode. They also have a large library of helpful publications as well as knowledgeable staff to help with any roofing based question. Any company you choose that is a member of the NFRC must carry out works to national standards or risk their membership.
Any roof where more than 25% of the coverings are to be replaced MUST be registered with your local council building control office. The cost of this is differs from council to council and is dependent on the cost of the work but on averages between £200-£300. Competent Roofer is a government body (similar to FENSA for the windows industry) whereby members can sign off their own work. This saves the cost of the Building Notice to the client as SEECO Roofing offer this service free of charge as part of our works. Please note: a stipulation of the building regulations states that all new roofs must have their insulation upgraded at time of replacement where the cost of upgrading is economically positive after a 15 year payback period.
Trustmark is an organisation similar to Rated people or checkatrade. The difference is that Trustmark is run by the Government and is non-profit. This means that only reputable companies can be on their database and they lose nothing financially in removing poor companies. You should always unsure that any tradesperson you use is on the Trustmark database.
Any company working on your home should be insured to do so, a minimum cover of at least £2m public Liability insurance. A reputable company will not be offended if you ask for a copy.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
The mere mention of Health & Safety is enough to make most people groan, however in the roofing industry it plays a pivotal role in everything we do. Roofers are at high risk of accidents and should not be put at more risk than is absolutely necessary. Any company cutting corners in this respect and putting staff at risk to save money should not be on your list. You could even be at risk as the homeowner should an accident occur as they will not hesitate to come for you if something should go wrong as this article in the Daily Mail highlights.