Rogue roofers identified as a blight on under-appreciated trade
‘Weeding out’ rogue roofers is the most pressing issue for the roofing sector, accord to new research carried out by Chandlers Roofing Supplies in association with Fix Radio.
In the nationwide survey of 499 respondents, almost three quarters (72%) said that work carried out by unscrupulous roofers was the top issue for the trade. A further 73% said they had been called upon to rectify substandard roofing work by a rogue roofer on at least one occasion in the last 12 months.
The survey also revealed that many roofers feel that their specialism simply doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Almost all (95%) of respondents said that they feel the least appreciated among all trades people, with a third believing that electricians attract the most appreciation from customers, followed by carpenters, with plumbers and decorators taking third and fourth position.
Bricklayers and roofers were identified as the least appreciated trades, despite the fact that almost half of roofers report working a seven-day week at least once a month, with 20% reporting that they often work a seven-day.
Discussing the findings of the research, Sue McKinney, of Chandlers Roofing Supplies, a family-owned merchant with 13 branches said: “This is quite a staggering result. While it’s not surprising that customers are somewhat unappreciative when subjected to a seeming increase in rogue roofer activity, nevertheless it needs to be highlighted that the vast majority of roofers work exceptionally hard and to a very high standard completing excellent projects for customers.”
Another key finding was the prevalence of ill health and injury in the sector. One fifth of roofers report being off work in the last two years due to an injury sustained on the job while mental health also appears to be growing issue with 18% saying that they or a work mate had suffered from a mental health issue over the past 12 months.
Notwithstanding the feelings of being ‘ambushed’ by rogue roofers and generally under-appreciated by customers, half of all roofers say they ‘always enjoy’ their job, with only 2% saying that they don’t enjoy being a roofer. Three-quarters of respondents would even recommend roofing as a career to a friend or family member.