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Choosing a Heritage Roofing Contractor

Choosing a Heritage Roofing Contractor

When it comes to historic and listed buildings, finding the right roofing contractor is crucial to ensuring your project is delivered to the highest of standards. 

Heritage buildings are of great historical and cultural importance, and as such roofing and external refurbishment works undertaken must be done to the highest of standards. 

Historic roofing and refurbishment projects present unique and exciting challenges, from adhering to numerous exclusive building regulations, installation of rare materials and significant aesthetic short and long term considerations.  

If not achieved this can not only reduce the visual presence of the building but also remove large parts of its historical significance.

But, how do you know which roofing contractor to work with? We have outlined some of the most important factors to bear in mind when searching for the right heritage roofing contractor.

Experience Working on Historical and Heritage Roofing Projects

Experience working on historic roofing projects is vital. The heritage sector certainly does not adhere to a one size fits all approach. So it is advisable to have a look at the contractor’s previous projects and ensure they have experience dealing with, and undertaking, historical roofing and refurbishment works. 

Specialist contractors will always be happy to provide you with more information for your project and show examples of similar projects.  

In addition you should also ensure that your chosen roofing contractor has access to specialist labour, materials and the necessary in-house management experience, as it is likely these will be required on heritage and listed building projects. 

Finally you should ensure that your chosen contractor is accredited by governing and professional bodies such as the NFRC. 

Will Day to Day Life be Disrupted During the Work?

Specialist heritage roofing contractors will always ensure that minimal disruptions occur during any project. 

The roofing works should not affect the normal operations of the building and all the necessary procedures are put in place to help ensure this. 

The roofing contractor should ensure regular communication throughout the project and both parties should be open to a collaborative approach of working together.  

This allows you not only to query how things are going and make changes to the project once it starts, but to work around any internal changes that may arise throughout. 

Sites should be designed to be self-sufficient, allowing the public to be undisturbed by the comings and goings of materials, workers and the works themselves. 

Ensuring the Safety of Staff and the Public

Heritage buildings are either occupied or frequently visited by members of the public and staff. Ensuring the safety of both those above, and below is critical throughout. 

It is therefore crucial that your chosen heritage roofing contractor follows stringent health and safety measures. There are numerous health and safety bodies in the sector today, including Construction Line, CHAS and many others. Check that your chosen contractor is accredited by similar bodies, thus ensuring they follow best practice industry guidelines. 

Here at Maguire Brothers we have been working on heritage roofing and refurbishment projects for over 40 years. From privately owned listed buildings to even Her Majesty the Queen’s home. More information on our approach to heritage buildings can be found here so please do not hesitate to get in touch for any heritage roofing or refurbishment projects you have coming up.