Confederation of Roofing Contractors
Association House, 22D Victoria Place, Brightlingsea, Essex. CO7 0BX
Telephone: 01206 306600
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.corc.co.uk
February 2019 – Issue 15
In this issue
- URGENT – 14 day cooling off period document
- Working in cold weather conditions
- Membership Directory 2019
- January new members
- Roof of the Month January 2019
- TLX Batsafe
URGENT – 14 day cooling off period documents
Unfortunately, we still hear of roofers not giving their customers the 14 day cooling off period document. This is an incredibly important document that needs to be given to every customer by law. It is a criminal offence not to issue it.
We have a document here in the office that you can use for all customers, please e mail email@example.com should you need an explanation or a copy.
A previous member did not issue the 14 day cooling off period last year. The customer knew she needed it as many more are discovering and called Trading Standards leading to the roofer not being paid for a full re roof.
The below recent news article shows how important this document is for all tradespeople ….
Working in cold weather conditions
With the UK experiencing snow and icy weather, roofers need to take extra care. Roofers need to be especially careful to stay warm and avoid any on site accidents. Prolonged exposure to the cold can heighten risks of illness and accidents. Below are our top tips for working in cold weather conditions:
- Always know when to stop, do not put yourself at risk to complete a job.
- Always stay up to date with the weather forecast and prepare for the weather conditions.
- Always check wind speeds in the area you are working. Winds in excess of 23mph will affect a person’s balance and works should stop.
- Make sure a hat and gloves are worn. 30% of body heat is lost through the head but be careful the hat doesn’t affect your sight or the ability to wear safety equipment. Wearing gloves and keeping hands and arms warm will reduce the risk of hand-arm vibration syndrome.
- Take plenty of breaks in a warm place with warm drinks available and consider job rotation.
- Ensure reflective PPE is worn when visibility is reduced. Lots of thin layers are best with water and wind proof layers on top. Choose water resistant footwear with slip resistance or ice grips.
- Carry out daily risk assessments on site.
The symptoms of cold exposure are: heavy shivering, coldness which is uncomfortable, severe fatigue, aching, drowsiness and/or confusion. Please seek medical help if any of these symptoms are being experienced.
DO NOT work on roofs in snow or ice
Membership Directory 2019
Last year many of you were approached by a company called Burrows Communications who were wanting to secure members to advertise in the 2018-19 directory.
Just before Christmas we received information that Burrows had gone into liquidation and ceased trading immediately which came as a complete surprise as we had no idea or warning that this was going to happen.
Their actions ultimately had an effect on those members who had paid in advance to advertise and I believe that they have already been contacted by the creditors dealing with this case.
As the directory has always been a popular feature of our membership we have approached a company called Geerings Print who have met with us and are keen to take over from Burrows and get it printed and distributed in the coming months.
Obviously those who have already paid Burrows will be spoken to separately once we have the pricing structure.
The CORC can only apologise for the inconvenience this has caused and will do our upmost along with Geerings to supply a directory that is second to none CORC members and the roofing industry as a whole.
New Members – January
We would like to welcome the following as our members; we know that their professionalism and hard work will be a credit to our industry.
Roof of the Month January 2019
It was very close between all entrants and the public voted in their thousands. Their winners and runners up are…….
Flat: Manuka Roofing Ltd
Pitch: Academy Roofing
Other: Glenbuild Roofing Contracts Limited
Well done to all!
Roof of the Month February is now open to win a FREE years membership in December 2019 please add your entries online or e mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. You are able to enter up to three entries per month; a pitch roof, a flat roof or ‘other’
The world’s first bat friendly breathable membrane is invented
Bats are a protected species in the UK and play an important role in the ecosystem. Until now when bats are found, only Bitumen 1F felt has been used. This has come at considerable cost to the thermal performance of the roof because 1F felt requires extra rafter space if insulation is used; in old buildings this is often not possible. Properties with an uninsulated 1F felt roof can release up to 10 tonnes of CO2 per year through the buildings fabric. Replacing 1F felt with a breathable membrane and additional insulation between the rafters can reduce CO2 emissions by 57%. These factors have a large impact on global warming and climate change.
It was critical that a product was invented to protect bats from traditional breathable membrane, and the entanglement issue they cause, but also allow for architects, building control offices and builders to refurbish old properties in accordance with Approved Document L of the Building Regulations by insulating properties to the required standard.
TLX Batsafe was invented by TLX Insulation the UK`s leading expert in applied polymer science and insulating breather membranes. The major issue with breathable membranes and bats is the fibres used within the product become damaged and fluff up when put in contact with bat claws, these fibres can then entangle the bat which become trapped and die. TLX Batsafe is designed with a protective mesh either side of the product which allows contact for the bat, alongside still enabling the breathable membrane to function.
Bitumen 1F felt is not breathable and requires a 50mm ventilated airgap directly under the product, this airgap takes up the space required to fit insulation between the rafters. Breathable membranes have been adopted across the industry because they don`t require this airgap, which is then used to insulate the property. They are also much lighter, stronger and easier to install.
Thomas Hunt says “We are delighted to launch such an innovative product into the construction industry, the issue of energy saving and reducing our carbon footprint is a critical issue we all face. During the R&D process the main issue we wanted to tackle was how do we protect the bat? Once we understood the problem fully we designed a product around their needs alongside the properties thermal requirements.”
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