Q: I am refurbishing more than 50% of my roof; do I need to inform Building Control?
A: Yes. If you are replacing 50% or more of your roof you must notify LABC. This can be done either by using a CompetentRoofer, who can self-certify the work, or going directly to your Local Authority. Once the work has been signed off you will receive a Building Regulations Compliance Certificate, which is legally required.
Q: If I am carrying out roofing refurbishment work but the insulation does not need upgrading, is it still reportable?
A: Yes. Even if your insulation does not need upgrading you will still need to notify LABC.
Q: Are garage roofs reportable?
A: No. Unless the garage has a thermal element (with fixed heating, not portable heaters), there is no legal requirement to notify the work.
Q: Which flat roofing projects are reportable?
A: All domestic, commercial/industrial flat roofing projects are reportable if over 50% of the roof is being refurbished i.e. the roof covering is stripped and there is a thermal element.
Q: Will a change in the weight of the roof coverings require a structural survey?
A: For most roofing types an increase or decrease in load of 15% is considered acceptable before a structural survey is deemed necessary. An increase or decrease of more than 15% will require a structural survey.
Q: Can a roofing refurbishment job for a Grade 2 listed building be registered through CompetentRoofer?
A: Yes. Providing 50% or more of the roof is being refurbished.
Q: Does CompetentRoofer cover work on property within a conservation area?
A: Yes. All buildings in general need to comply with the requirements of the Building Regulations. CompetentRoofer members can do work that they are authorised to do in a conservation area provided they that they have been tested for the appropriate heritage skills that may be required in that conservation area, e.g. Kent peg tiles, stone tiling, random slating etc.
Q: Is roofing refurbishment work on a conservatory roof reportable?
A: If the doors between the lounge and conservatory still exist then there is no need to upgrade the insulation in the conservatory roof. However, if the doors have been removed i.e. the lounge and conservatory become interlinked then they must upgrade the insulation as the heat from the lounge will pass into the conservatory and out through the roof (and walls).
Q: I am refurbishing a roof where only 50% of it is a thermal element; is this work reportable?
A: Yes, if any part of the roof acts as a thermal element, then refurbishment work is notifiable to the LABC, who can be notified through the CompetentRoofer scheme.
Q: I am replacing slates with clay tiles on a roof. Can this work be reported via CompetentRoofer?
A: This depends on the weight of the slates and the weight of the clay tiles. If the clay tiles represent an increase in load upon the structure of more than 15% then the work should be reported directly through the Building Control department of the Local Authority. It can be registered via CompetentRoofer providing that the structure and loadings are assessed by a qualified structural engineer and their report confirms suitability.
Q: If a flat roof has no insulation requirement (i.e. has no fixed heating nor is a dwelling), is it reportable?
A: If a flat roof is not being insulated because there is no ‘thermal element’ i.e. the area below the roof has no form of heating (or cooling i.e. cold store), such as a garage, then the work does not need to be reported. However, if it is not being insulated because of technical or economic (i.e. payback less than cost) reason then it is reportable.