Contractors: 5 key considerations before undertaking a roofing project
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Last Edited: 24/Jun/2016

From renovations to emergency repairs, office buildings to nursing homes, commercial roofing projects can take a variety of forms and in many cases will have to cater to a number of distinct requirements. In order to successfully carry out a commercial roofing project, careful planning is essential. Here are some of the key considerations that you should always take the time to look into. 

1. Building permits

Before you sign off on any kind of roofing or construction project, you need to ensure that you have full permission. For example, if the building is on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, you're likely to need to abide by very strict restrictions in terms of the kind of roofing work you can do. You may also need to inform the local council of your plans and work with the local community to minimise disruption and ensure the right safety measures are in place before you obtain the permits you need. 

2. Insurance 

All employees and equipment involved in a roofing job should be fully insured against accidents or injury before you proceed. If you're undertaking emergency repair work, you should also check the terms of the insurance policy on the property, to ensure you're operating within the correct guidelines. 

3. Manufacturer warranties

To ensure your roofing job is completed to the highest standards, it's important to have access to full warranty information from all manufacturers of the materials you use in your project. This means that if anything should go wrong, there's a clear chain of responsibility from the client to the installer to the manufacturer - which can be vital if potential legal challenges arise. 

4. Timings and seasonality

The estimated time frame for a project should be agreed between the client and the roofing company before any work begins. While delays are sometimes unavoidable, they should ideally be planned for in advance to avoid issues, particularly if the work is likely to have a major impact on business operations for the client. Seasonality is also an important factor - for instance, a roofing project on a school building is likely to be best suited to completion during the summer break, and projects that run late into the year need to take into account Christmas holidays and the higher likelihood of poor weather conditions affecting the job. 

5. Contractor and building licences

All commercial roofing work should be carried out by licensed and accredited professionals only. As a contractor, you should have up-to-date qualifications to complete projects to the highest professional and material standards, and should be prepared to show proof of these qualifications to potential clients.