What CompetentRoofer is, how it can benefit you and what you need to know about the Building Regulations in relation to roof refurbishment within England and Wales.
We’ve noticed that some people assume that we are a trade association however this is not the case.
A trade association is an organisation which represents the collective interests of an industry, such as roofing. The National Federation of Roofing Contractors Ltd (NFRC) is a trade association which represents the roofing industry for example. CompetentRoofer is an independent company run by NFRC under licence from the Department for Communities and Local Government.
CompetentRoofer is a Government-licenced Competent Person Scheme that allows roofers to self-certify their own roof refurbishment work as compliant with the Building Regulations within England and Wales. The difference between NFRC and CompetentRoofer is that NFRC members would also need to be members of CompetentRoofer in order to self-certify, or, as with any other roofing company, they would need to have the works approved by the relevant Local Authority.
We’ve also noticed that some people assume that CompetentRoofer is an insurance company, or that the main benefit to roofers of being a member of CompetentRoofer is that insurance-backed guarantees are included with the cost of notification for some roof refurbishment works.
While it is indeed true that CompetentRoofer issues insurance-backed guarantees on behalf of its members at no extra cost to the building owner, CompetentRoofer is not an insurance company but is an accreditation of technical ability to meet the requirements of the Building Regulations. The main benefit to roofers of being a member of CompetentRoofer is that there is no need to wait for a surveyor from the Local Authority to inspect the work before it can be signed off as complete.
It also appears that occasionally people are not clear on what the Building Regulations are or what they mean for building owners and roofers alike. Some people have indicated that they consider them to be optional, something that they can choose to decline, for example.
The Building Regulations are a law, passed as an act of Parliament. Under a separate law called the Building Act, any persons who do not abide by the requirements of the Building Regulations face the possibility of a hefty fine. In addition, they also face the cost of having the work put right if it does not meet requirements.
CompetentRoofer is open for all roofing contractors to apply for membership. Once a full application has been received a series of checks are carried out followed by an audit of site and quality management procedures, technical competence and health and safety practices, and an on-site inspection of work in progress. Building owners and specifiers may be reassured by the fact that our members are fully vetted and inspected a minimum of twice per year.
To find out more please explore www.competentroofer.co.uk. You can also contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us on 0207 448 3189.