How to become a Roofing Contractor

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: March 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Roofing contractors build, repair and maintain roofs on existing and new-build homes and other properties. Typical work includes slating and tiling, sheet roofing and cladding, felting and asphalt roofing, sealing and treatments, and chimney repairs.

Many roofing contractors also install and repair fascias, capping, flashing, duct work and drainage, and provide an emergency response service, for example to repair damage following a storm.

Roofing contractors generally work for a range of trade or commercial customers, including general builders, property developers, commercial and residential landlords, letting agents, housing associations, local authorities, schools and colleges. Individual householders also require roofing services, for example to repair a leaking roof or replace tiles blown off by high winds. Some roofing contractors also work as preferred suppliers for insurance firms and loss assessors.

Roofing contractors are subject to significant amounts of legislation relating to building regulations, environmental protection and workplace health and safety.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a roofing contractor. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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