However, nearly a quarter (23%) reported concerns around payment.
The vast majority of roofing contractors (91%) have reported being either ‘busy’ or ‘very busy’ in a recent survey by the UK’s largest roofing trade body, National Federation of Roofing Contractors.
However, nearly a quarter (23%) reported concerns around payment, with one contractor having to wait four months to be paid by a particular public sector client.
The survey also found the following:
NFRC Chief Executive, James Talman, said: “This survey confirms what we have all been hearing that roofing contractors are generally busier than ever. A combination of pent-up demand in the summer, combined with Government stimulation packages, and people working from home wanting home-upgrades, has meant demand has not been a problem for roofers.
“However, it is shocking that so many roofers are still waiting to be paid, with some reporting waiting on thousands of pounds from their clients. We all know that times are tough for some firms, but that is no reason not to pay your supply chain. I was particularly concerned to see public sector clients listed as being the worst culprits when they should be leading the way.
“Unsurprisingly to those in the industry, concrete roof tiles and timber were listed as the top material shortage areas. This seems to be due to the incredible amount of demand we have seen in the last quarter combined with the lag seen in production, following lockdown earlier this year. We have been working closely with manufacturers on this issue and will continue to monitor this situation.”
* 277 trade members across the UK responded to the survey - around 25% of NFRC membership, between 23 August and 28 September 2020.