At About Roofing Supplies between our four branches and our website at aboutroofing.com we are concious that we have an impact on the environment. In this informative post you can find out about the steps that we are taking to mitigate our impact wherever possible.
In this blog we introduce the latest addition to our range: The Cromar Cromaslate lightweight, low pitch roofing slate for garden buildings, sheds and stables of all kinds.
The availability issues affecting many roofing and building products nationally in 2021 has been widely reported over the past few months, and has even been covered by the BBC.
We are receiving many phone calls and emails every day from customers all over the UK who are trying to source materials such as concrete roof tiles, timber and cement.
In this blog post, which is an update to a previous post on our website, we will explore these issues in detail.
By now most people will have heard of the availability issues affecting many products nationally, with the construction materials and building industry particularly affected.
We are taking numerous calls every day from customers who are desperately trying to source materials and who are bewildered at what is going on.
In this blog post we will explore the situation, and the short and long term outlook for construction and building materials.
Find out abour our evolution towards being a more climate friendly, low emission business....
Is Covid-19 & Brexit Affecting The Availability Of Roofing Materials & Building Supplies? We are being asked this question a lot by our customers currently - find out more here.
On 12.10.20 having had a complete re-fit, our branch in East Grinstead, West Sussex, re-opened with new branding, a new team of staff and a fresh new range of products: Find out more here!
Having closed during the Covid pandemic, and refitted whilst shut, our East Grinstead branch reopened on 12.10.20 rebranded as About Roofing Plus - find out more here!
From 2021 residents in England having properties with wood burners, log stoves and open fires will be banned from buying coal or 'wet' wood to burn in them, under a ban anounced by the UK Govenment which comes into force in February next year. In this blog post we will look into the reasons why in detail.
New Product Focus: Fascias & soffits, blocks, aggregates, insulation, rainwater, guttering & underground drainage ranges
A new addition to our product range is the Manthorpe GTV CURV Cowled Universal Concrete Interlocking Roof Tile Vent. Find out more about this innovative vent tile in this informative blog.
Whether installing a new roof or repairing your current one, making sure that your roof is correctly insulated is just good sense. Read our handy guide on insulating your roof.
At About Roofing Supplies we stock & supply a large range of Celotex, Rockwool & Knauf insulation suitable for flat and pitched roofing applications, as well as flooring and lofts.
In this, the first of the special interviews that we will be sharing to celebrate our 20th year in business, we have spent some time with Mark Simmonds, who is the Branch Manager at our Dorking branch.
We opened our doors to our Esher branch for the first time in February 1999 - 3 more branches, thousands of customers and tens of thousands of deliveries later we are celebrating our 20th anniversary.
About Roofing Supplies Dorking branch has been undergoing improvement works over the last few months, the latest of which was the laying of a new heavy duty tarmac surface at the front of the branch, which will make loading and unloading our customers and suppliers much easier!
Welcoming a very new addition to our delivery fleet, About Roofing announces new lorry to help increase output of local delivery from our branches.
Recently, About Roofing Supplies at Esher were approached by local NHS hospital, St Peter’s hospital in Chertsey, who were looking to purchase some roofing felt to re-cover the roof on their allotment shed that was leaking after the winter storms. Find out more
We welcome the opportunity to provide quotations for roofing and building projects. Many customers call or email lists of their requirements, and we can then provide a priced quotation, with VAT clearly displayed, and costs such as delivery charges listed as a separate element giving our customers complete control over the pricing for their projects. Find out more
Felt Shingles are a very popular product for roofing sheds, garden buildings, workshops, garages etc, and we sell literally thousands of packs annually. We were contacted by a customer recently who has purchased some felt shingles from us, but had imaginatively used them for an application that we have never seen previously - and we were so impressed that we just had to share what he had to say, and the fantastic images that he kindly forwarded to us
Knowing when the best time is to install a new roof in your property can save you a significant amount of money.
Read our guide below for our money saving tips:
Firstly, let’s look at the three main reasons for having roofing work carried out
1) Your roof has reached the end of its useful life and needs replacing. Signs of this can be obvious such as leaking due to broken or missing roof tiles or slates, however, particularly in the case of concrete tiles (with a life span of around 60 years) the faded, bleached appearance is usually the most obvious sign that your roof needs replacing. In much the same way that you may decide to replace your car because it is rusty and starting to cost too much in maintenance and repairs, a bleached concrete tile roof, or one where the tiles are literally disintegrating is a sign that it is time to replace it.
2) Cosmetic reasons. You may simply not like the look of the tiles on your roof, or perhaps the exterior of the building has had some decorative improvement works carried out and a new roof would set the appearance off nicely.
3) Necessary roofing. You are adding an extension or new wing or outbuilding to your property, and it needs a roof.
When is it best to have a new roof fitted?
There is no “best” time as such!
Roofing contractors tend to be booked well in advance so you will usually have to plan ahead by a few months – if you are looking to have a new roof fitted by a specialist contractor you may have to wait six months or more.
Part of the reason is that because of its physically demanding nature, and dependence on weather, roofing as a trade is less attractive to those wishing to take up a career in the construction industry, and many new entrants decide to become electricians or plumbers instead, leading to a relative shortage of roofing contractors compared to many other building trades, which in turn keeps demand for their services high.
Who should I employ to carry out the work?
If you do not know any roofers personally, or have friends or contact who can recommend one, this can be a tricky decision.
Firstly it is always wise to deal directly with specialist roofing contractors. Lots of other contractors in the general building or maintenance sectors carry out roofing works – and most are very good – however roofers are specialists, and well, you wouldn’t employ a car mechanic to service your motorcycle? Or a Doctor to give you a filling would you?
Checkatrade can be an excellent source resource to identify roofing contractors as you can read written testimonies from local people in a similar position as yourself who can give you first hand feedback on the work carried out and the contractor’s overall professionalism and work ethic.
Membership of a trade body such as the NHBC by the roofer is often a sign of a good roofer.
Should I buy the materials or get the roofer to supply them?
There is no right or wrong answer to this question! In many cases it is more convenient to let the roofer source and supply the materials – he will know where to go, and can charge you one overall price for the job: Labour & materials all in one bill, which is convenient
However, an increasingly popular approach is for the property owner to source the materials themselves. Once they have engaged the roofer, he can provide a list of what is needed, or the materials supplier can carry out an estimate from drawings or a site visit.
Often, if the property owner is seeking a particular “look” for their property, or if they are working to a budget, or simply don’t know what is available, it is better for them to research and purchase the materials themselves so that they are in control of costs and decisions made.
Is there a good or bad time to buy the materials?
The short answer is no. Prices tend to remain fairly stable – roofing suppliers don’t have often have sales or special offers as such, although roofing tiles are priced according to quantity: The more that you buy the cheaper that they get!
It is worth bearing in mind that traditionally, many roofing materials manufacturers apply price rises in the first month or two of each year, so you can usually save money by ordering and having your roof tiles or slates delivered before Christmas.
Where is the best place to source roofing materials?
Specialist roofing suppliers such as us is the answer!
You would think that the large chains of builders merchants would be the place to go, but in fact these businesses specialize in other building materials and rarely keep, or even have direct access to roofing materials – they will usually source them via a specialist supplier such as us.
The reason for this is that the estimation of roofing materials is remarkably technical, and that you need specially equipped lorries to deliver them. Similar to the analogy used earlier in this article, you would not go to an optician for a haircut, so why not go to a roofing merchant for roof tiles?
Roofing Materials suppliers know their products and pricing inside out. Traditionally staff are paid a flat wage so they have no incentive to sell you any particular brand or type of tile. This means that the advice, guidance and pricing that you receive will be impartial, and will simply be tailored to your requirements and will be the best advice under the circumstances.
A specialist supplier will also have an understanding of legislation & Building Regulations applicable to the roofing sector so they will be in a position to give you technically correct advice.
We are often asked by our customers, both trade and public, about whether there is a need for ventilation in their roofs and the answer is almost always YES! Find out more about our roof ventilation tips here.
About Roofing Supplies – the people behind the name.
Many companies go to great lengths to promote themselves as ‘family businesses’ that value their staff and customers.
The feedback on our website and elsewhere reflects how much we value our customers and our successful approach to customer service.
However, we value our staff as well: We have a policy of training and developing all of our staff, giving each team member the opportunity to develop as individuals and within the company.
At About Roofing Supplies we really are a family company – our three directors (two of whom are brothers) founded and still own the company (no faceless shareholders here!), and are based and work at the branches. They believe that our staff are our greatest asset and that individuals should be given chances to grow and develop and to reach their potential.
Since we started trading nearly twenty years ago, many staff who joined have stayed: myself and two colleagues will shortly be celebrating our fifteen year anniversaries, and we are by no means the longest serving!
Because we value our staff and train and develop them, not only do they stay with us – which gives us consistency and experience, unlike many of our competitors - it results in a better service for our customers, many of whom get to know our staff and value dealing with ‘real people’ on an ongoing basis who know them as individuals, not just as 'another' customer.
One of our drivers, Gary, is a recent example of this: Gary joined us in 2016 as an experienced van driver, to drive one of the smaller vehicles in our fleet.
Gary immediately shone as a concientous individual, and was popular with our customers, whilst completing his deliveries promptly and efficiently.
He expressed an interest in progressing his career and skills, and driving one of our 18 ton crane lorries – driving an £85,000 vehicle on the busy roads of the South East is a big responsibility, and one not to be taken lightly. However, Gary was keen and we felt that he was an ideal individual to invest in.
About Roofing Supplies funded Gary’s HGV training, his advanced CPC training and his HIAB crane training (which represents a significant investment by the company in him as an individual) and he passed his tests earlier this month, and having had a period when he was accompanied by one of our Transport Managers, is now out driving one of our fleet – perhaps delivering to your site!
Another of our drivers, Steve, is having HGV training currently, and we are confident that he too will be out delivering on another of our crane lorries soon.
In fact, of our HGV driving team, the only drivers who have not been trained at About Roofing Supplies’ expense are two individuals who learnt to drive whilst serving in the Army.
Similar tales of investment and advancement can be told by all of the members of our Management team, our Accounts team – even our yard team have opportunities to advance: a number of them have progressed into either the driving or sales teams over the years.
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