Choosing A Church Roofing Contractor
Maguire Brothers give advice on choosing a church roofing contractor.
We wanted to share our knowledge on some key points to consider when choosing a church roofing contractor.
Church and ecclesiastical roofing projects will always have their challenges, that’s why it’s hugely important to ensure that you’re working with a contractor who understands how to approach church roofing projects and manage the complications that may arise.
We’ve looked at a couple of frequently asked questions from our clients, to hopefully shed some light on concerns others might have.
Will The Congregation And Priests Be Safe?
Yes, and if you’re ever in doubt – then choose again.
The safety of those using the church should always remain the highest priority with any work on church buildings. The contractor should ensure works are always isolated and clearly establish boundaries in doing so. Experience in church refurbishment in key, and understanding the issues that may arise is vital.
Checking the workforce have relevant DBS checks, and this information provided to not only the clergy, but lay staff too is crucial. Risk assessments should be shared with all involved to give added peace of mind prior to the project commencing.
Any concerns you may have, however small you perceive them to be, should be discussed and plans put in place to manage any risks you might see arising.
There is no such thing as a silly question when it comes to the safety of others, and ensuring you’ve collaboratively addressed any concerns prior to any work starting is crucial.
Can Services Continue As Normal?
In short, yes. If the works being undertaken are to the exterior of the building there is no reason why works cannot be carried out during normal hours without any effects on the buildings use. Works should always remain completely isolated, and thus have no effect on the building below.
That said however, many contractors are willing to stop work during events such as funerals or weddings.
Works can sometimes be loud, and some might be dusty, but ensuring that these are either undertaken when adjoining rooms are unoccupied, or working with the contractor to manage their and your schedule to accommodate the building use enables you to ensure day to day usage of the church can continue whilst works commence.
How Do I Know The Work Will Be Finished In The Given Timeframe?
Contract periods should be agreed in advance of any work. However, it’s crucial to ensure you’re being told a realistic time frame, and not just what the contractor wants you to hear, and in turn being realistic about the time-frames you would like to achieve.
It’s the nature of any refurbishment work that projects can take a long period of time. Working in partnership with a contractor will allow you to collaboratively set realistic time-frames and if needed ensure that plans are in place at the beginning of the project to cover any aspects of work that may take longer than expected.
However where it is realistic and crucial that works are completed during certain periods, ensuring a contractor has the capacity to manage the work is really important, and being able to give as much notice as possible to plan will go a long way in ensuring tight time-frames are met.
The Importance Of Working In Partnership
Here at Maguire Brothers, our approach to working on Church roofing projects is to embrace a partnership approach. Even from tender stage, understanding the individual needs and desires of not only the surveying and construction stakeholders, but the priest, church wardens and congregation allows us to implement strategies well before we’re on site, unique to each project.
Whether that be carrying out meetings to involve the clergy and lay community and educating them on the project, or understanding individual church timetables and planning deliveries around these. By knowing our clients as well as possible, engaging with all who are involved throughout has enabled us to carry out hundreds of successful church roofing and refurbishment projects over the last 40 years.
How Do I Find A Suitable Contractor?
There is no one size fits all when it comes to a perfect contractor, and we work in an industry that is hugely driven by price. However, ensuring they are members of relevant trade and professional organizations, they have vast experience working on similar church projects and have the resources on hand to manage any given project can go a long way to helping make a decision.
And finally, speaking with them and seeing if they seem a suitable fit, both professionally and personally. Key to any successful project is the working relationship, and knowing that should any obstacles arise throughout, you’re both working together to ensure these are overcome.
Here at Maguire Brothers we’ve been working on church roofing and refurbishment projects for over 40 years from grade I listed churches, to chapels, church halls and cathedrals.