Choosing An Office Roofing Contractor
Choosing a suitable office roofing contractor.
Office 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 office 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 Office And Those Within Be Safe?
Yes, and if you’re ever in doubt – then choose again.
The safety of those using the office should always remain the highest priority with any roof refurbishment works on office buildings. The contractor should ensure works are always isolated and clearly establish safety boundaries when doing so. Experience in office refurbishment in key, and understanding the issues that may arise is vital.
Risk assessments should be shared with all involved to give added peace of mind prior to the project commencing, these should be specific to the building and it’s use.
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 Business Operations 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, having no effect on the building below. While in some instances this may not be fully achievable, it’s important to work with the contractor to put in place measures to mitigate disruption to the office.
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 office property can continue while works commence.
How Do I Know If The Given Timeframe Is Realistic?
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. As they say, “Fast, Cheap and Good – you can only pick two.”
It’s the nature of many office 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 office 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 staff and management allows us to implement strategies well before we’re on site, unique to each project.
Whether that be carrying out meetings to involve the stakeholders and staff to educate them on the project, understanding individual office timetables and planning deliveries around these. By knowing our clients as well as possible, engaging with all who are involved throughout it has enabled us to carry out hundreds of successful office 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 office projects, 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 office roofing and refurbishment projects for over 40 years from bank offices and healthcare offices to government offices and commercial offices.