We’ll Meet You on the Roof
(The Magic 7 Project Steps)
No-one can be an expert in everything.Consultation, working with partners and making use of the detailed expertise of manufacturers and specialist contractors will help ensure your specification is comprehensive and technically correct.
At IKO we don’t just manufacture roofing products, we also advise and support specifiers to achieve the perfect result.It doesn’t do us any favours if our products are used incorrectly or inappropriately, so it is very much in our interests to ensure every specification we support will provide the performance roof required.
Below are the magic seven – get all of these right, and the roofing project should be fault-free.
The Magic 7 Project Steps
The importance of listening and open communication between both parties cannot be overstated. Taking the time to understand the pros and cons of each available option (being mindful of any budgetary constraints) will help you find the solutions that are most suitable for your project – what works on one roof may not work so well on another so it is vital to take the time to fully understand your client’s requirements.
Before specifying any solution, a thorough analysis of the building’s waterproofing envelope should be provided. IKO is here to help with this crucial step – we can provide you with the detailed report you need with recommendations for any repairs or replacements that may be required.
Each roof design you produce should be tailored for individual roofing requirements and have risk management at the heart. It is important at this stage to “design out” any fire risks or any potential non-compliance issues – it is far easier to correct these issues now rather than when installation has started.
Although not a legal requirement, the NRFC’s ‘Safe 2 Torch’ campaign helps promote safe working practices when it comes to roof installation and is a useful tool when specifying which materials should be used and in what way.
When selecting a solution, take the time to consider the quality of the materials and the guarantees they provide. Has this specific roofing solution been used before? Can you inspect any previous projects that used the same solution to check it is suitable for your current project? Ask the manufacturer if they can provide project case studies or perhaps put you in touch with a building owner who will be able to offer an honest appraisal.
Legislation requires building surveyors to take all reasonable steps to eliminate risk – this could not be more important than at the installation stage. All work should only be installed by trained and approved contractors with experience of installing the specified roofing system in the particular environment. Check for credentials, such as NVQ qualifications or if necessary a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
If your chosen product manufacturer has an approved contractor scheme, this could help ensure a quality product is not compromised by poor workmanship. Make sure a schedule of work is generated to reduce disruptions to follow-on trades, installation work and to any building occupants, ensuring their safety and to keep the project running smoothly.
Planned visits and regular inspections of work carried out are essential before, during and after any roofing project to ensure quality workmanship and efficient project management. Create a schedule of visits both parties are happy with and stick to it! Are there any contingencies included? Some new builds and refurbishment projects will require adaptations to the original specification which will require alterations on site – inspections will help to resolve these in an efficient manner.
Finally, check the wording of each guarantee closely to ensure it meets the project requirements – there’s not much use in completing a roofing project that will need replacing in just a few years’ time or that doesn’t provide the necessary cover should something go wrong.
Guarantees should be confirmed at the consultation stage and written into the contract before any works agreement is signed. It should be clear what you want to receive as part of this. A well maintained roof means you can sleep easy at night knowing it is comprehensively covered during the guarantee period.