Roofing and cladding contractors face enterprise survival fears over charge pressures


NEW analysis has discovered that 71% of roofing and cladding contractors worry for the survival in their enterprise because of worth inflation and hovering prices.

The determine used to be printed in the newest quarterly State of the Roofing Trade survey from NFRC (Nationwide Federation of Roofing Contractors) and Glenigan.

Within the face of companies being compelled to spend extra on fabrics, labour and effort – and with purchasers tightening their handbag strings – NFRC is now calling on executive to paintings with trade to ease the weight.

The survey indicated that 81% of contractors had put their costs up for the reason that identical time remaining yr.

NFRC is advising purchasers and companies to have an ‘open dialog’ about costs and different demanding situations. The industry frame stated a roofing contractor would possibly not be capable of give the similar worth as a month in the past, as a result of provide chain prices have swallowed up’ the unique benefit.

The organisation is urging executive to supply reinforce on power prices. Respondents to the survey famous emerging gasoline costs as a commonplace reason for worry.

NFRC added that decreasing VAT on roof paintings would additionally make issues less expensive for householders and cut back what roofers wish to fee. This has already been offered on sun panels and insulation, however to not greater renovation tasks.

James Talman, NFRC CEO, stated, “While workloads grew in Q2, we would possibly see this start to degree out in the second one part of 2022, as shopper handbag strings tighten. Companies are dealing with inflationary pressures that drive them to boost prices, and roofing and cladding companies are coping with emerging subject material costs, talents shortages, and dear gasoline, in an trade the place cashflow is already a infamous downside for plenty of companies.

“All this comes ahead of the have an effect on of the foremost uplift of gasoline costs within the autumn. The development trade confirmed actual collaboration all over the pandemic—the trade must proceed to show that during overcoming this problem, particularly for many who can least have the funds for it.”

Allan Wilén, economics director at Glenigan, added, “General roofing contractors’ workload persisted to extend all over the second one quarter. Even if contractors wait for additional upward thrust in trade workload over the following one year, a stabilisation in new enquiries issues to a slowing within the tempo of enlargement. The squeeze on family earning seems to have cooled home RM&I workload and enquiries. By contrast business and public non-residential possibilities stay sturdy.”

Roofing and cladding contractors face business survival fears over cost pressures