Sheffield roofing specialists, Martin-Brooks, is saving homeowners time and money after becoming one of the first firms in South Yorkshire to secure a new industry standard.
Martin-Brooks has been awarded Competent Roofer status, which entitles the firm to self-certify any work that requires building regulation approval.
The Competent Roofer initiative, part of the government’s Competent Person Scheme, was launched recently by industry watchdog, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC). Member companies are able to endorse their own work so that homeowners can be issued with a certificate of building regulation compliance without needing a council inspection.
Currently, if repairs are carried out to more than 25% of a roof’s area they must be signed off by a building inspector. This has a cost to the homeowner of around £95 and requires a raft of council paperwork to be completed before the certificate of approval is issued. This is an essential document and would be requested by any potential purchaser as proof that the work was carried out professionally.
Martin-Brooks director, Nick Brooks, said: “We are extremely pleased to be pioneering this innovative new scheme, which aims to reduce the red tape surrounding domestic roof repairs. Not all homeowners are aware that building regulation approval is compulsory on large jobs, but by achieving this standard we can remove any hidden costs and ensure the process no longer causes unnecessary inconvenience.”