Fitting information – What you need to know
Aspire Rooflights Limited provide all customers with fitting instructions and maintenance information recommended by the manufacturers. In addition we provide a fully assembled product and guidance on builders kerb required all to minimise on site installation time.
However whether you self build or employ a builder you will need to consider your installation method and unfortunately finding reliable competent installers is a common problem.
In the next ten years the construction industry are losing 25% of their workforce, a staggering 500,000 people. This is largely due to retirement, with the average age of a construction worker being 55 years old.
There is currently no training accreditation for rooflight installation and this is an area for improvement. Currently a site worker in the fenestration industry can obtain a number of glass related qualifications. GQA Qualifications are an Awarding Organisation for specialist sectors and occupational roles including qualification in Glass and Construction.
As of the 1st of September 2017, GQA’s established Q-card a formal partner of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme. The GQA CSCS Q-card indicates that the card-holder has demonstrated knowledge and skills in accordance with national occupational standards, with information on achievements, and any related GQA accredited training.
So as a home owner what steps can you take to ensure your rooflight installation is problem free;
- Does the builder hold a Q-card or a Construction skills labour card? This will ensure basic level of competency including the health & safety environment awareness has been obtained.
- Recommendation from a friend. Has someone you know used this builder?, this would provide you with a personal recommendation from someone you trust.
- Online reviews. Has the builder received reviews? Are they positive or negative? Do they respond to negative reviews in a professional manner? Are the positive reviews reliable? Are they from customers who have not reviewed anyone else?
- Portfolio of previous work. Is the builder happy to show you testimonials and images of previous projects.
- Establish the extent of the works. What does the builder expect you to provide eg working drawings, scaffold, site measurements.
- Get everything in writing. A detailed itemised quotation will prevent problems later on.
- Payments terms. Stage payments as the work progresses is not unusual but you should make the final installment when you are happy with the work and at the end of the job.