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By alankirby, May 2 2017 01:52PM

Competent Roofer Scheme and Part L regulations

Most people considering having a new roof are not aware of recent legislation that makes it necessary to notify your Local Authority Building Control when having major works undertaken.

That is unless the work is carried out by an installer who is registered with the Competent Roofer Scheme. This applies to both pitched and flat roofs.

Kirbys Roofing (Widnes) Ltd are accredited members of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, Competent Roofer Scheme, and is the only roofing company in Widnes that is part of this scheme.

We can self-certify any roof work we carry out, thus avoiding the need for a building notice application and costs.

What is Competent Roofer?

Competent Roofer is a Government authorised scheme that allows members of the scheme to self-certify for Building Regulations any refurbishment work for domestic, commercial and industrial roofing.

What will happen if you do not comply with the building regulations?

If you do not comply, you and or your contractor could be prosecuted and could face a fine of up to £5000.

The work may not be safe, it may not comply with building regulations. or meet energy efficiency standards.

This will be important when you come to sell your home as you may be asked to provide certificates of compliance before you can sell.

Why should I use a Roofer who is registered with the Competent Roofer Scheme?

A roofer registered with the Competent Roofer Scheme is qualified to carry out specific types of work in accordance with building regulations and will deal with Building Control issues for you. You will have access to insurance backed warranties and a robust complaints procedure to use in the unlikely event work is found to be non-compliant.

A Roofer registered with the Competent Roofer Scheme will notify the local authority on your behalf and will issue you with a certificate on completion, which can be used as proof of compliance. It will also show up on a solicitor’s local authority search when you sell your home.

If you do not use a roofer registered with the Competent Roofing Scheme then you will have to submit a building notice or full plans application and pay a fee to have Building Control come and inspect the work you have carried out.

By alankirby, Apr 19 2017 04:04PM

Kirby’s Roofing Widnes Ltd, are pleased to announce that we have been accredited with Constructionline certification. This is another example of approval to show that you can be confident that the quality of service and delivery that you will receive from Kirby’s Roofing Widnes Ltd. is of the highest standard, and we are dedicated to going the extra mile to ensure that our clients are happy.

ConstructionLine is a Government-run scheme, which collects, assesses and monitors various information about companies. In order to be accredited, Constructionline have to ensure a company not only has a good health and safety record but also that the company is financially responsible, with up to date account,s as well as records of training. This effectively means the client can rest assured knowing the company they are employing are a reputable, well-trained and safe firm.

Constructionline is the largest pre-qualification database in the UK and the UK's leading procurement and supply chain management service.


By alankirby, Feb 26 2017 04:21PM

Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed chimneys, missing ridge and roof tiles, missing or hanging slates, damaged gutters or leaks to the home interior.

You may have discovered damage to your roof. but are are having difficulty getting hold of a competent roofer. You're naturally eager to have the problem fixed, and so you may be vulnerable to rogue traders.

Rogue Traders

Cowboy roofers are now out in force. They knock on your door offering to repair your roof., prices are usually verbal or written down on the back of a business card. A typical approach might be to offer to do work for a low price, this will then lead to more serious and expensive jobs that are then described as “urgent”.

Do not be bullied into having the work done there and then.

Repairs are often overpriced, shoddy, substandard and not good value for money.

Work is undertaken in a rush with no regard for health and safety for themselves or people around. They have no business address or landline, and you have no guarantee of them returning if there is a problem.

A decent tradesperson will have a queue of customers waiting for them to start work on their home, and won’t have time to knock on doors.

Don’t take chances, contact a reputable Roofing Company, someone recommended to you, or a company in a trade association, such as The National Federation of Roofing Contractors.

Storm Damage

Use your phone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will help ensure that you are fully compensated.

Contact your insurance company to notify them about the damage to your home.

They may provide an emergency service to carry out temporary repairs.

They will then send out a loss adjustor to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made to you.

When a storm-related damage strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but the above steps can help you to begin the process of getting back to normal.