Despite it being an in-demand occupation, there is no specific legislation that directly relates to roofers, meaning that a roofing firm can carry out work on your property without an official license. While this is common practice, it does mean you are more vulnerable to rogue traders and cowboy contractors who could leave you with a leaking or inadequate roof.
However, there is no need to panic, because any reputable roofing company has other options to prove to potential customers that they complete all projects to a high standard.
What to look for in a reputable roofing company
While the lack of licensing for roofers might leave you feeling sceptical when searching for a good roofing company, it does mean that the good roofing companies out there have to work harder to prove their legitimacy and earn a stellar reputation – and that’s good for consumers.
Any trustworthy roofing contractor will seek out other roofing accreditations awarded by Government-backed and time-honoured schemes to demonstrate the quality of their work. Some of these accreditations include:
The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NRFC)
The NRFC ensures that all members complete their work to exacting standards and have a strict code of practice. They complete site inspections to ensure adherence to all Government guidelines and allow contractor work to be signed off for building regulations compliance.
The Confederation of Roofing Contractors
Established in 1985, the CoRC was set up to help individuals find trustworthy roofing contractors, and to help roofing companies assert themselves as reputable roofers. They have a strict code of practice, a complaints section, and a rigorous application process in order to deter fraudulent businesses.
CompetentRoofer is a Government-authorised scheme aiming to help customers identify trustworthy businesses for roofing purposes. Specifying the “replacement of roof coverings on pitched and flat roofs”, this accreditation includes any other necessary and connected work.
Other schemes and accreditations worth looking into include Trading Standards, TrustMark, and the Federation of Master Builders. Any reputable company will usually also invite you to take a look at previous projects and provide testimonials and images that corroborate their job history.
How to spot a cowboy roofing contractor
On the flip side of being able to spot a good roofing contractor, it’s also important to know what to look for when it comes to questionable companies or traders. Usually, an incompetent roofer will have some or all of the following traits:
- Not members of the NRFC or any other relevant bodies
- Often specify cash payment at a cheaper price than recognised companies (while a cheaper price may be tempting for many, you should consider the dangers of not using an approved roofing company before making your decision)
- Don’t have any business insurance or waste disposal permits
- Little to no evidence of previous work
Find a roofing contractor in London you can trust
Specialising in all types of roofs, including flat, pitched, fibreglass, and rubber, South Thames Roofing is a trusted, reliable roofing company working in and around Surrey and south London.