Although roofing has always been associated with the use of ladders, for the most part scaffolding has replaced them as a form of access.

For extensive re-roofing and repair work, scaffolding is perfectly justifiable both from a logistical and safety point of view. On such jobs the sheer amount of materials going up and down on the hoist alone makes using a scaffold essential. The man hours saved are all important when considering costs.

Where ladder work is still relevant when estimating the price of repairs, or when a roof survey is required by the potential purchaser of a property. In such circumstances, a scaffold makes no financial sense because, until the problem or condition of the roof is identified, how can the roofer determine the appropriate response?

You don’t erect a scaffold on the off-chance you might need it; you may not even be offered the work. The solution is to resort back to basics and employ the equipment specifically designed for the job, namely ladders.

Here at The Roofing Crew, we specialise in ladder work and as such only employ staff who are comfortable at heights. When interviewing new labourers, we will ask them about their former experience and they will insist they are fine in the air. However, 50% of the candidates don’t make it to the end of the first week.

They just cannot cope with the exposure and will ring in sick or admit they don’t feel comfortable. The ones that are suitable, we train up with a great emphasis on safety.

If you see a scaffold around a property, God forbid, you could have builders working on the roof.

Long ladders with men up there in safety harnesses tethered to hook ladders tells another story. They are definitely roofers and as such should know what they are doing. If you spy them in North London they are probably The Roofing Crew!

The Roofing Crew offers professional and affordable roofing services in London at affordable rates. If you have any questions or you require a free quote, simply get in touch via email – info@theroofingcrew.co.uk – alternatively, you give us a call on 07973 429 945.

The Roofing Crew offers professional and affordable roofing services in London at affordable rates. If you have any questions or you require a free quote, simply get in touch via email – info@theroofingcrew.co.uk – alternatively, you give us a call on 07973 429 945.