Gas torches are routinely used by roofing contractors, and when used correctly, they pose no risk to health. However, gas torches can obviously increase the risk of fire, and that risk rises when they are used in a dangerous way.
The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) highlighted the increasing risk of gas torch fires last year, when it said it would take steps to tackle the problem.
The issue is not just a matter of safety, but it also causes insurance premiums to rise in the roofing industry, which pushes up prices for our customers. Naturally, we want to ensure we pass on the biggest savings we can, and we want to make sure our customers – and their houses – are always treated properly when work is carried out.
Cutting the risk
The NFRC has issued a new set of guidelines referring to the use of gas torches on roofs. It’s called the Responsible Specification Checklist and it sets out various scenarios where gas torches should not be used.
In the checklist, there are various boxes that can be ticked. For example, it highlights timber, insulation materials, window sills, air ducts and ‘vulnerable’ plastic pipes which may be damaged. In a worst case scenario, the use of a gas torch in these areas could cause a fire.
If any box on the checklist is ticked during a survey, the contractor should not use a gas torch for the job. The check list is a way to remind the team about the potential risks, and to prove to the property owner that all due diligence has been carried out.
What you can do
When you hire a roofing contractor, make sure that they are aware of the Responsible Specification Checklist. Many are, but some are not. In fact, some know of it but don’t bother to use it. If they say they use it, make sure you witness the check being done.
We think it’s important to inform homeowners about this procedure so that they know what to expect when a job is carried out. If you don’t see a copy of the Responsible Specification Checklist, you should query the safety of the job.
If the price for your quote seems high, it might be because the company is not using a competitive insurer. You always have the option of shopping around for a cheaper quote.
Why choose us?
South Thames Windows has been carrying out roofing work for many years, and we stay ahead of the latest developments in the industry. All of our team work closely with industry bodies to ensure we’re working to the newest rules and guidelines.
The Responsible Specification Checklist is just one of the measures we use to keep you, and our workers, safe from harm. And we place great price in obtaining low prices and pass on those prices to our clients.
If you’re interested in finding out more, don’t hesitate to contact us and ask about the Responsible Specification Checklist and roofing safety.