Tuesday, 26 March 2013 15:30

Roofing Regulations - Scheltema Advise

Re-roofing is not only technically challenging, it is also subject to extensive regulations, particularly with regard to asbestos removal, insulation, and materials. Scheltema is a certified asbestos removal contractor and therefore qualified to remove and correctly dispose of asbestos slate and Big Six Profile roof-sheets. The company also guarantees its work for a minimum two year period, and all products used are both SABS approved and environmentally sustainable.

Re-roofing involves high level construction and can therefore be dangerous. "What many residents are unaware of is that when undertaking renovations, they are ultimately responsible for the safety of the workers on site, and that unless the building contractor has the correct workman's compensation insurances in place, the home owner may be liable for costs and claims should anyone be injured during the roofing or construction process".

For this reason, it is imperative that home owners screen their contractors carefully to ensure that the company embraces responsible and sustainable labour practice. According to the company's MD, Michael van Breda, Scheltema is governed by the rules and regulations as stipulated by the Building and Industrial Bargaining Council (BIBC) with respect to minimum wages, pension schemes, holiday pay and staff training, while their affiliation with FEM means that all Scheltema employees are registered for workman's compensation. Furthermore, Scheltema's MBA membership provides the homeowner with a measure of assurance to quality and standards of excellence.

Considering the complexities of roof replacement, home owners are best advised to engage with companies that have substantial experience in the field and who can ensure an expedient and hassle free service with minimal disruption to the home owner; that have extensive track records and credible references; that offer guarantees on both their workmanship and the products they use; and that embrace responsible labour practice and treat their workforce with respect and dignity.

Edited from statement issue by Scheltema