Time is of the essence!
Whether you’re working on a residential or commercial project, pitched, flat or industrial roof, read on to get up to speed on everything from which time saving products are new to market, to advice on making the most of business opportunities and adapting to legislation changes.
Reducing the amount of time contractors spend on site is something the government is committed to. ‘Construction 2025’ is an initiative that aims to improve project delivery times by 50% in the next 10 years. It’s an ambitious target, but if we all work together to achieve it, there’s no doubt that faster completion rates will benefit everyone in the industry and right across the construction supply chain. This is particularly relevant for roofing, which is vulnerable to unforeseen setbacks and their knock-on effects, all of which can lead to escalating costs. As roofers are often involved in the later stages of a project, erratic schedules earlier in the job can seriously impact on our ability to manage staff and materials efficiently. As timescales chop and change, it also makes it that much harder to manage customer expectations for any jobs lined up next.
Whether Construction 2025 has the impact the government wants remains to be seen. What is clear is that if we are to hit the target and bring about lower costs and faster project delivery, we need to try different products and embrace new ways of working.
GET UP TO SPEED
In this issue there are some useful updates on products to help speed up work; from hook fixing for slates, to lead-free flashings from Klober and Hambleside Danelaw’s dry-fix ridge systems. And, if you’re thinking it’s time to find out more about what going green really means for roofing, we look at the benefits of green roofs to our health and the environment.
In our Industry News, TrustMark give advice on how the changes to The Consumer Rights Act could affect contractors. We also share the shortlisted companies and individuals for the upcoming NFRC’s UK Roofing Awards – are you or someone you know shortlisted?
WORKING TOGETHER TOWARDS WORKING SMARTER
By sharing hints and tips, we can all work together to realise the vision of a modern, forward-thinking industry focused on giving clients a better quality and quicker service. There’s no time like the present, so turn the page to learn how to make the most of your time and how you can save money…
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IN THIS ISSUE:
- TrustMark help you to get familiar with consumer law changes
- Heritage Roofing & Renovation Ltd – the first full re-roof covered by ONE Warranty
- SR Timber celebrate 10 years as the specialist batten supplier
- Find out why Russell’s Polden concrete tile is quicker and easier to install
- Flat Roofing quick reference guide helps you to find the right solutions
- Fix roof lights & sheets safely with Filon’s Fixsafe
News in Brief
A Rapid Response from Redland
As construction deadlines tighten across the board and changes to The British Standards for Slating and Tiling, BS 5534:2014 impact our industry – manufacturers now more than ever are looking for ways to support the specialist contractor […]
WT Knowles Knows How to Save Time
It’s the job of roofing contractors to make buildings weatherproof at pace! This means you have to work as quickly as possible to secure the building against the elements, so time is of the essence […]
Time to help the environment with Envirolead®
Envirowales has taken recycling to a new level by developing a system that recovers lead from car batteries – the only plant in the UK to do so […]
Celebrating 10 years supporting charity!
From a light-hearted joke in the boardroom to £420k raised over ten years – the Roofing Racers team have come a long way in the last decade […]
Time to save the date…
Following the success of this year’s event, plans for the RCI Show 2017 are already well underway. […]
Everyone’s a winner with own label products
In 2014, research group Nielsen found that supermarket own label products – think ‘Tesco Finest’, Sainsbury’s ‘Be Good to Yourself’ and Waitrose’s ‘Essentials’ ranges amongst others – accounted for 54% of total supermarket sales. That’s a significant piece of the pie […]
Time to get familiar with the changes in consumer law
The Consumer Rights Act 2015 came into force in October and aims to give customers more rights when dealing with poor service or goods and as contractors, we need to be aware of how this will affect us […]
Time for change at CompetentRoofer
As he takes the helm of CompetentRoofer, the leading Competent Persons scheme for roof refurbishment in the UK, James is keen to promote and support the industry wherever possible […]
Recognising Great Roofing
The 2016 UK Roofing Awards winners will be announced at the Hilton Metropole, London, on 13 May […]
One unusual project. ONE simple warranty
Heritage Roofing & Renovation Ltd is pleased to be the first contractor to complete a full roof refurbishment under ONE Warranty […]
Happy 10th Birthday SR Timber!
As SR Timber celebrates 10 years as a leading manufacturer and supplier of specialist roofing battens, we look at what’s been key to its success […]
Getting it right first time
As part of their commitment to helping raise standards and comply to BS 5534:2014, DuPont tell us why, when it comes to breather membranes, you need to think about more than just wind zones […]
Fixed for Time?
When you’re working on a job, it’s easy to focus on the big things and forget about the little ones. After all, something as simple as a nail or a hook can’t make that much difference to the finished product, right? […]
As homeowners expect to achieve more and more for their budget, and contractors need to comply with BS 5534:2014, the Polden concrete tile from Russell Roof Tiles is really coming into its own […]
Feats of Clay
Add clay projects to your repertoire with the easy-to-fix Lincoln clay pantile from Marley Eternit […]
How slate is your natural time saver!
As well as giving you beauty, strength and durability, did you know slate can save a heap of time? From purchase to post installation, here’s how it does it […]
Wakaflex – your flexible friend
The time saving, lead-free flashing from Klober, with exceptional bond strength and stretchability […]
Shoot from the hip
The Hambleside Danelaw Universal Ridge and Hip System is designed for longevity and durability, so will save you time and money long term […]
A Liquid Asset you can trust!
Installing warm roofs is now even quicker and easier with the Hydrostop EU AH-25 Liquid Roofing System […]
The green green grass of… roofs!
The demand for green roofs is growing. In recent years, green roofing has blossomed into a mainstream flat roofing system […]
Time to train…
With so many different flat roofing techniques, new technologies and an increasing number of product solutions – now’s the time to train! […]
Your Flat Roofing quick reference guide
With so many flat roofing options available, how do you match the right product to the right job and budget? […]
Take control with training
With multiple parties involved in construction projects large or small, it’s important to stay in control if you want to keep things on track and a well trained workforce can help you do just that […]
Just in time deliveries
With so many elements to co-ordinate, industrial projects can seem a logistical minefield. Thankfully, the SIG Industrial Roofing Centre is on hand to help, every step of the way […]
Fix it safely with Filon’s Fixsafe
Replacing roof lights and sheets on fragile roofs is quicker, cheaper and safer with Fixsafe […]
Keep things simple to save time and money
Like many of us, we’re sure that you deal with multiple companies to run your business… […]