Roofing contractors have to work with some of the most challenging conditions of any on-site trades. Not only is working at height an integral part of the job but progress on the project is often weather dependent, creating a make-hay-while-the-sun-shines culture of working extremely hard when conditions allow in order to get the job done on time, on budget and to the required quality standard.
Amongst all the demands of the job, however, a recent competition launched by Sika Liquid Plastics in partnership with ABC&D magazine has highlighted some of the perks of the roofing contractor’s job. Contractors were asked to post their pictures from site on Twitter with the hashtag #SLPRoofWithAView and the results were stunning.
Pete Hollingworth, Head of Sales at Sika Liquid Plastics comments: “We work closely with roofing contractors to understand the challenges they face, feeding those insights into our product development process to ensure we answer their requirements for rapid installation and ease of use.
“We also know that the job takes roofing contractors to stunning locations where working at height gives them enviable views of both urban and countryside locations. We wanted to find an opportunity to showcase those experiences, engage with roofers and highlight some of the advantages of a career in roofing.”
Peaks of the job
The overall winner of the Roof With A View competition is Anglesey-based Weatherwell Roofing Ltd, a Sika Liquid Plastics Quality Assured (QA) contractor that has been installing the company’s roofing systems for more than 11 years. The company won the first round with a stunning shot taken in the Snowdownia National Park, featuring the mountains in the background framing the newly completed roof.
Weatherwell Roofing limited was one of five heat winners, alongside entries from DVC Roofing, WH Hughes & Sons, Alpha Roofing and Holloway Cook, and the judges, which included ABC&D’s editor, Claire Mackle, also awarded a ‘highly commended’ accolade to Everlast Group for a stunning image of a London rooftop.
Kristian Lewis, Company Manager at Weatherwell Roofing comments: “As a roofing contractor based in North Wales with a client base across Wales and the North West of England, we often have wet weather and tight programmes to contend with. We also get to work in some fantastic locations, however, and this particular job for Gwynedd County Council at a primary school in Snowdonia was really special because the views were incredible and the skies and the scenery changed from moment to moment depending on the time of day and the weather conditions.
“Generally, we’re busy getting the job done and don’t take much time out to admire the view but the competition gave us a real incentive to look up from the roof and really see what we were doing in context. It’s quite a privilege to be up on a roof in such a beautiful environment and to know that our work will protect the building from everything the North Wales climate has to throw at it."
The Weatherwell Roofing contractor that took the winning photo not only has a stunning picture to show for his efforts but has also received a prize of an Apple iWatch.All the runners up have also received wireless in-ear headphones as prizes from Sika Liquid Plastics, ideal for answering calls on their way to site or playing their favourite tunes.
Sika Liquid Plastics launched the Roof With A View competition as part of the company’s celebrations for the 30th anniversary of Decothane’s launch on the UK roofing market in 2017.The high performance, cold-applied and seamless roofing system has been one of the hero products of the liquid roofing sector for the past three decades, providing a robust, hard wearing and easy to apply solution.
Sika Liquid Plastics has continued to develop the Decothane formulation and range over the past 30 years, with innovations such as Decothane Ultra, a very low odour system ideally-suited to occupied buildings and sensitive locations, highlighting the company’s market-focused approach.
”Claire Mackle adds: “I was really impressed by the calibre of entries but Kristian’s picture was a clear winner for me. I like its dramatic feel and the way in which the composition balances the roof and the landscape, showing both the project and the setting in perfect harmony.”
Don't forget to check out all the entries on Twitter: #SLPRoofWithAView