When it comes to refurbishing your roof, you want to be sure that the contractor carrying out the work will not only do a good job but also that your legal obligations are met. By using an NFRC Competent Person Scheme (CPS) Registered Contractor, you can rest assured that they are continuously audited against a robust set of criteria including, a financial check, office audit, and site inspection prior to being recognised as an NFRC CPS contractor.
Before a contractor becomes a registered NFRC CPS contractor, they must fulfil the following requirements:
All NFRC CPS registered contractors are audited annually and undertake regular site inspections throughout the year based on the number of projects they undertake. This ensures that they remain compliant with all standards and regulations.
An NFRC CPS contractor has the unique ability to self-certify that the work they complete complies with the relevant Building Regulations in England and Wales. If you are replacing 50 per cent or more of your roof, you are legally obliged to upgrade the insulation and obtain a Building Regulations Compliance Certificate (BRCC) from your local authority building control.
Failure to comply with the Building Regulations could result in you receiving an enforcement notice from Building Control, requiring the alteration or removal of your roof at your own cost. Without a valid BRCC you may also encounter problems when it comes to selling your property.
Using a contractor with recognition via the NFRC CPS scheme means that once the work has been completed and signed off, the homeowner will receive a BRCC plus an Insurance Backed Guarantee (IBG). More importantly, Building Control will automatically be notified that the works have taken place, fulfilling your legal obligation.
With every domestic notification, a ten-year IBG is included to reinforce the contractor’s workmanship guarantee. In the unlikely event that the roof fails, and the contractor ceases to trade, the IBG will come into effect. As a UKAS Accredited Body, NFRC CPS also has a robust complaints process in place to assist with any disputes that may arise.
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Before selecting your preferred contrator make sure their sales contract provides written confirmation that all work performed will be in accordance with the NFRC CPS scheme requirements. This includes information that:
(*applies to domestic notifications only)
Self-certification, when 50 per cent or more of the roof is being refurbished, for the following roofing categories:
To ensure that NFRC contractors offer the highest standards in workmanship and customer service, all member contractors are rigorously vetted before joining NFRC and every three years thereafter.
A roofing contractor must meet the following vetting criteria:
Free technical advice is available from NFRC to customers of NFRC member contractors. NFRC supplements this service with a comprehensive series of technical publications to support both member contractors and their customers.
If there is a defect after the work has been completed, you should follow these steps: