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ROOFING 43


ARE YOU COVERED?


Janine Brady of SIG Roofing explains the importance of finding the right roofing product, with the right guarantees.


the property, it also influences its weatherproofing, energy efficiency, sustainability and durability. Therefore, when designing, installing, and replacing roofs, there’s a lot to consider. It may be that the architect has already specified the roof covering – which will be either concrete or clay tiles, natural or man-made slate. However, decisions still need to be made on which products to use, their colour, size and texture, along with any planning restrictions, and of course, the budget. Roofs are made up of multiple products, so the choice of battens, fixings, breather membrane and ridges, for example, must also be carefully considered. Naturally, as builders and developers, you want to get the roof just right. This is especially important for a building’s aesthetic as it accounts for 20-30 per cent of the visible exterior, and will determine the appearance of the property for decades. However, with the focus very much on the physical components, it’s all too easy to overlook the overall life expectancy of


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he choice of roof covering for a new home is critical. It not only affects the appearance of


the roof and any warranties that may cover the products.


WARRANTIES


If you’re an NHBC-registered builder, you will sell your new homes complete with a comprehensive 10-year warranty and insurance cover. During the first two years, your buyers have warranty and insurance protection for their newly built or converted home. However, if the roof fails to meet NHBC requirements, you are responsible for any repairs necessary, and if the fault lies with the products you have used, you will find yourself making a claim. The last thing that any housebuilder or developer needs is a problem with the roof that leads to a claim. However, things do go wrong, and when they do, you need the reassurance that the manufacturer/supplier can be relied upon in the event of defect or failure, and that the company will stand by your claim. Otherwise, not only could a claim prove costly, it could seriously discredit your reputation too. Thankfully, over the years roofing products have become more advanced, with their quality and reliability increasing.


Practically all products now come with a standard 12-month warranty, if not longer. This said, research has shown that 70 per cent of contractors have had to replace a roofing product through a warranty claim at some time or other. Therefore, you need to be confident that the warranties offered by the products you choose are both comprehensive and robust.


A reliable warranty instils trust with the manufacturer, as well as confirming confidence in the product. Although it can be time-consuming and confusing to assess the value of every warranty, it pays to do your homework at the specification and purchase stage rather than be faced with problems post-installation. So, how do you ensure that a warranty is reliable?


INVEST IN QUALITY It’s always tempting to be swayed by lower prices or quality, or super extended warranties. However, regardless of the size and nature of the project, quality must never be compromised. Every job, no matter how large or small, needs to be approached with the confidence that the roofing products are of genuine quality and


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