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A TALE OF TWO ROOFS

Let me tell you a story.

It’s a frosty Christchurch morning. I’m up a ladder, fixing the roof of a delightful elderly lady.

I shouldn’t be here.  Why?  Because the roof had already been ‘fixed’.  Someone, who claimed to know what they were doing, quite obviously did not, meaning a re-do of the work and this mild-mannered pensioner out of pocket.

Sadly, her story is not unique. Our team recently fixed the internal guttering system of a large retirement village after another company’s work was found to be sub-standard. I don’t want this to happen to you, your business, or your grandmother for that matter.

HERE ARE TWO SIMPLE WAYS TO GUARANTEE YOUR ROOF GETS FIXED OR INSTALLED CORRECTLY.

1. LOOK FOR THE BADGE

Roofing has evolved into a skilled, specialist trade. With innovative building designs and more roofing systems than ever before, there is a to know and keep current with. That’s why it pays to make sure your choice of roofing company belongs to a professional organisation, such as the Roofing Association of New Zealand (RANZ).

RANZ members have passed strict entry criteria and continue to demonstrate credibility, professionalism, skill and reliability. They are bound by the Association’s rules, code of ethics and dispute process. Plus, they know how to comply with all the government Acts and regulations that apply to roofing, they must also have robust health and safety systems in place.

2. ARE THEY LICENSED?

The Government’s programme of Licensed Building Practitioners (LBP) gives you confidence in the people working on your home or commercial building, especially if you are having Restricted Building Work (RBW) done on your roof. What is RWB? It’s design, construction or alteration work that requires a building consent and deals with the building’s primary structure or weather-tightness.

LBPs are listed on a Public Register, and roofing is one of the specialist licensing areas. Generally speaking, it’s the bigger, more complex jobs that require a LBP, but their knowledge and experience certainly helps on the smaller jobs too.