Roofers urged to make the most of CompetentRoofer membership

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Continuing its membership awareness campaign – ‘Get wise, get savvy, get NFRC’ – The National Federation of Roofing Contractors is urging roofers to make the most of their membership of CompetentRoofer, and for non-members to seriously consider its merits.

Increasingly seen as a key distinction between companies in the refurbishment market, CompetentRoofer encompasses all types of roofing – including domestic, commercial and industrial properties. The scheme essentially enables roofers to self-certify that their refurbishment work complies with Building Regulations.

Should fifty percent or more of the roof need replacing, then under the Building Regulations, the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) would have to be notified a minimum of 48 hours before work commences. As well as alleviating customers of this added pressure, charges for LABC to approve the roof can be avoided, as well as the inconvenience of waiting for an inspector to visit. For domestic work, this saves a fee of somewhere between £200 and £400 a job, and it is even more for commercial work. CompetentRoofer registered contractors have completed and registered over 25,000 jobs, which has saved clients over one million pounds in Building Regulation Compliance Certificates.

Ray Horwood CBE, Chief Executive of NFRC comments: “In addition to saving clients’ time and money, they also have the added reassurance that the work carried out meets the exacting standards of the Building Regulations. Knowing roofers have been thoroughly audited and inspected prior to acceptance and have to undergo regular inspections, gives them complete reassurance and peace of mind.”

“Additionally, clients get to benefit from a free ten-year insurance-backed guarantee on all domestic work that comes courtesy of every notification of roof refurbishment works, up to the value of £50,000, where the building height is four storeys or less,” Ray adds.

Derived from the Government’s Competent Person Scheme and operated by NFRC, CompetentRoofer is open to all roofing contractors in England and Wales and is easy and inexpensive to join. As well as distinctive vehicle stickers and recognisable logos, members will feature on an exclusive website listing and enquiries can even be re-directed to members’ own websites. Regular updates and technical advice are also provided.

Ray concludes: “The scheme currently has over 500 members who are gaining additional work through the ability to self-certify, as proved by the record volumes of work so far this year. As CompetentRoofer status is increasingly being requested by major clients and for government and local authority contracts, we urge non-members to seriously consider joining if they wish to grow their business.”

To register for CompetentRoofer, call 020 7448 3189 or visit www.competentroofer.co.uk.

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