Choosing A Large / Block Residential Roofing Contractor
We investigate what you should look for when choosing a large / block residential roofing contractor.
We wanted to share our knowledge and some key points to consider when choosing a roofing contractor for large residential and block roofing projects.
Residential 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 large scale residential projects and in turn has experience in managing the challenges and processes that may arise.
We have outlined some of the key points to consider below.
Many property managers will agree that having to raise funds in the midst of a large residential roofing project is a monumental task, and many property owners will agree it is an extremely unfavourable proposition.
Therefore, to avoid this it is critical to ensure the necessary care and attention is taken pre-tender to ensure that all potential eventualities are accounted for.
Having a good understanding of the condition of the roof and the building itself is essential. Ensuring that any potential areas that might not have been inspected but could need work are allowed for provisionally and including contingency sums to cover any unforeseen works that may arise is highly advisable.
Working with a reputable roofing contractor or surveying practice to provide in depth investigative and budget prices before the project commences is essential to give you a clear and reasonable idea of the nature of the project required.
The safety of residents / tenants should always remain the highest priority with any work on large residential buildings. The contractor should ensure works are always isolated and clearly establish boundaries in doing so.
Prior to any large residential roofing projects, collaboration between the contractor and the blocks directors / management company is critical.
Sharing how the building is used on a day to day basis allows for the contractor to put in place all the necessary health and safety precautions to ensure not only are the works carried out with the residents safety at the forefront, but allows for those living below to go about their day to day lives with as little impact from the works as possible.
Ensuring your contractor has experience in residential block refurbishment is key, allowing them to understand the issues that may arise. Risk assessments and all health and safety documentation should be prepared collaboratively and shared with all involved to give added peace of mind prior to the project commencing.
With all the good will in the world, it is still likely the works will impact residents within the block. Be that just unsightly scaffolding or noise created from the works themselves.
Therefore, sharing this information with tenants well in advance, and in as much detail as suitable will allow for a fair more collaborative approach.
At Maguire Brothers, we allocate tenant liason managers to residential roofing projects, allowing tenants to gather information directly for our on-site teams, this involvement tends to minimise dissatisfaction and allows healthy channels of regular communication.
Any concerns you may have, however small you perceive them to be, should be discussed and plans put in place to manage any risks or issues you might see arising.
How Do I Know The Work Will Be Finished In The Given Timeframe?
Contract periods should be agreed in advance of any work. It’s very important you’re being told a realistic time frame, and not just what the residents want to hear, and in turn being realistic about the time-frames you would like to achieve.
Take into consideration the weather and other factors that may delay the project. Temporary roofs may ensure the project is less affected by the elements, but will add significant cost, so weigh up the options and decide in advance what is most suited for the building owners.
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 most importantly to the longevity of the roof is the installation of it. Therefore a few points to consider are:
- Ensure they are members of relevant trade and professional organizations
- They have vast experience working on large residential projects and can provide examples of similar projects.
- They have the resources on hand to manage any given project can go a long way to helping make a decision.
- Ascertain if they are a suitable cultural fit. It is likely you will have more involvement with the contractor than some of your neighbours, therefore ensuring you can work together is essential.
- And finally remember you are working together on the project. Key to any successful project is the mutual 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 residential roofing and refurbishment projects for over 40 years from grade I listed properties, to housing estates and multiple blocks of flats. More information on our approach to large residential roofing projects can be found here.
If you are getting in the process of considering or planning for upcoming projects, we offer an array of surveying and investigative services to ensure the points above are covered in advance of any works being undertaken.
Alternatively, if you are looking for quotations for any planned residential roofing projects, our teams have installed almost all systems developed by all leading manufacturers and our estimating teams would be more than happy to help.