Roofing’s finest celebrate at NFRC’s UK Roofing Awards 2018

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Roofing’s finest celebrate at NFRC’s UK Roofing Awards 2018

Building Product’s Sophie Stevens reports

Essex-based Full Metal Jacket scooped three awards, including Roof of the Year, for its work on this derelict, former Grade II listed concert hall on Ramsgate seafront. It has been renovated with a striking zinc roof to reportedly become the UK’s largest Weatherspoon’s pub.

Essex-based Full Metal Jacket scooped three awards, including Roof of the Year, for its work on this derelict, former Grade II listed concert hall on Ramsgate seafront. It has been renovated with a striking zinc roof to reportedly become the UK’s largest Weatherspoon’s pub.

Essex-based installer, Full Metal Jacket, has scooped the coveted Roof of the Year award at the UK Roofing Awards 2018, for its work on Ramsgate’s Royal Victoria Pavilion. The company also bagged a further two awards, making it a hat-trick for the zinc, copper, lead and stainless-steel specialist.

Close to 800 people descended on London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel to celebrate the great and the good of the UK roofing industry at an awards presentation ceremony and dinner, organised by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) and hosted by BBC sports and breakfast presenter, Dan Walker.

Opening the event, which is now in its 11th year, the NFRC’s chief executive, James Talman, paid tribute to “the important contribution” the roofing sector makes to the construction industry, through “innovative products, design and workmanship”, commending the high standards and “commitment to quality”demonstrated by this year’s finalists.

The competition covers the full spectrum of roofing disciplines, with winners chosen by a panel of experts, based on criteria including difficulty, aesthetics, problem solving, workmanship and environmental consideration. Five new categories added for 2018 included the Local Hero award, in recognition of ‘those individuals who go above and beyond to support their community’ and the Industry Choice award, which was decided by a public vote.

Triple winner, Full Metal Jacket, said on Twitter: “What a day for FMJ! It’s the foundations that are important, so we appreciate our great guys that install, together with the surveyors and all the office staff that make these awards possible.”

A total of £7,500 was also raised during the proceedings for charity partner, Parkinson’s UK, following a captivating speech by representative, Emma Lawton, which was met with a standing ovation.

The winners were:

Roof Slating
Claude N Smith for Marshals Yard Development

Roof Tiling (Sponsored by ECIC)
Monier Redland working with DM Roofing & Roughcasting for Shettleston New Parish Church

Heritage Roofing (Sponsored by Klober)
Rowlands Roofing for LLwyn Celyn

Green Roofing
Bauder working with EJ Roberts Roofing for Clapham Park

Sheeting and Cladding/Rainscreen
Malone Roofing (Newbury) for Hungerford Fire Station

Fully Supported Metal (Sponsored by Metal Solutions)
Full Metal Jacket for The Victoria Royal Pavilion

Lead Roofing (Sponsored by Chandlers Roofing Supplies)
Full Metal Jacket for British Museum – Islamic Gallery

Single Ply
Ithaca Roofing for Hawthorns Care Home

Liquid Applied Roofing & Waterproofing and Hot Melt
Polyroof working with Sarnian Roofing for The Little Chapel

Innovation (Sponsored by EagleView)
Axter working with Tilbury Contracts for Dylon Works

Mastic Asphalt
IKO working with Sussex Asphalte for St Paul’s Cathedral

Reinforced Bitumen Membrane
Langley Waterproofing Systems working with Opus Waterproofing Solutions for Girdlestone Estate

Small Scale Project
Polyroof working with Cure Roofing for Rose Cottage

Large Scale Project (Sponsored by Wienerberger)
Partnering Contractor’s Roofing for New Bracken House

Roof of the Year Award (Sponsored by SIG Roofing)
Full Metal Jacket for The Victoria Royal Pavilion

Industry Choice Award (Sponsored by Radmat Building Products)
Longworth Building Services for The Bund

NFRC Health & Safety Champion Award 2018
Sam Baldwin, Longworth Building Services

Local Hero Award (Sponsored by SIG Roofing)
Lee Moran, Moran Roofing Specialists

Further information about this year’s winners and finalists can be found at www.roofingawards.co.uk

 

Entry for the UK Roofing Awards 2019 will open in September 2018.

Recycled roofing tiles get a second life as stunning wall tiles with the Parkway collection

Recycled roofing tiles get a second life as stunning wall tiles with the Parkway collection

MINNEAPOLIS, April 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Parkway collection, made of recycled roofing tiles, joins hundreds of other new and unique tiles being introduced this season at The Tile Shop (NASDAQ:TTS), a specialty retailer of natural stone and man-made tiles.

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The two tiles in the Parkway collection, a chevron mosaic tile and a subway tile, are made of authentic recycled clay roofing tiles. The steel-grey, blue and sandy-brown tones visible in these tiles create an entirely original look that is a blend of cool and warm colors on the walls of the home. As more and more tiles function as works of art, the Parkway series, from The Tile Shop’s proprietary brand Fired Earth Ceramics, is one of the most interesting and stunning tiles to serve this purpose.

The Parkway collection is another addition to the assortment of unique tiles that satisfy consumer demand for original and hard-to-find tiles. “A lot of people these days say they want products that are different and have a unique story,” said Kevin McDaniel, vice president of merchandising at The Tile Shop. “With the Parkway collection, each tile is original and one of a kind.”

This collection is one of dozens of new and unique products being released this month and represent part of a commitment by The Tile Shop to offer the leading assortment in the industry.

For more information, please visit www.tileshop.com.

About The Tile Shop

The Tile Shop (NASDAQ:TTS) is a leading specialty retailer of natural stone and man-made tiles, setting and maintenance materials and related accessories in the United States. The Company offers a wide selection of high-quality products, exclusive designs, knowledgeable staff and exceptional customer service in an extensive showroom environment with up to 50 full-room tiled displays which are enhanced by the complimentary Design Studio, a collaborative platform to create customized 3-D design renderings to scale, allowing customers to bring their design ideas to life. The Tile Shop currently operates 140 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia, with an average size of 20,200 square feet and sells products online at www.tileshop.com.

The Tile Shop is a proud member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA). Visit www.tileshop.com. Join The Tile Shop (#thetileshop) on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

 

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Northampton mum-to-be ‘scared’ after being moved to hotel following asbestos fear in flat roof

An expectant mum from Northampton is saying enough is enough to her housing association after, she claims, asbestos has been found in her roof.

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Jade Fuller, 25, of Billing Road has been living in her property for nine years. But on Friday, after builders arrived to fix a leaky bedroom light, which has been dripping since April 1, she says she discovered her property had been insulated with asbestos.

But upon voicing her concerns about the potentially deadly substance, Jade says no-one has been out to see her since.

She said: “I rang them Friday – I said ‘what’s going on about the roof?’ And they said ‘we believe there’s asbestos in the roof, we can’t send anyone out until we’ve had it checked.

“They put me in a hotel from Friday until Tuesday, just gone, and they’ve still not made it safe.”

While she was away – the mum-to-be was at least expecting her leaky bedroom light to be fixed and for the asbestos to be cleared – but she says nothing has changed.

“They’ve done nothing and I’m just made to come back here,” she added.

Jade, who is six weeks pregnant, is calling on Orbit to move her to a safer property for her and her soon-to-be infant.

“It’s scary because I’m pregnant as well now, it’s not great. I don’t want to be here – I don’t want to live here at all – it’s not a nice place to live.

“I want to move really. I’ve asked them for an urgent transfer, or anything, and they’re saying ‘I don’t think we can do that’.

“But I’m just supposed to be left in a property that’s unsafe?”

Jade’s living room also has mould on the ceiling and around the windows.

“I suffer with depression and anxiety, mainly since I’ve been living here.”

Neil Yeomans, head of property compliance at Orbit said: “We want all of our customers to live in homes that are secure and comfortable, and we apologise to Miss Fuller for the inconvenience this has caused.

“However, we wanted to make absolutely sure that her home is safe and can confirm that at no time were Miss Fuller and her partner in any danger of breathing in asbestos fibres.

“We temporarily relocated her and her partner as a precautionary measure.

A surveyor attended her home again yesterday (Wednesday) to confirm exactly what was needed to complete the roof repair, which Orbit say they plan to carry out as soon as possible.

How to choose a quality roofing contractor

How to choose a quality roofing contractor

nstalling a new roof is one of the most important — and expensive — home improvement projects you’ll run into as a homeowner. Considering this, and the fact that your roof is your first line of defense against the elements, it’s important you hire a qualified, licensed professional for your roofing repair and installation

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projects. There are a number of roofing companies to choose from, so it helps to follow a few basic rules to ensure that you find, choose and hire the best professional for the job.

 

TALK TO SEVERAL CONTRACTORS

Talking to several roofing companies will help you identify an honest and reasonable price range. You probably don’t want to hinge your final hiring decision on the difference of a few hundred dollars for a project that costs several thousand dollars, but you should be wary of any remarkably low or excessively high bids. Of course, this will also provide you the opportunity to gauge your level of rapport with each contractor as you work your way through the rest of the rules for hiring a qualified roofing professional.

 

RESEARCH CREDENTIALS

It’s also important to perform research on the different companies you’re speaking with — particularly those who stand out after your initial conversations. Reputable contractors should be licensed and willing to provide you with at least three references verifying the quality of their work. Confirming that a contractor is licensed — and speaking with past customers who can verify their credibility and qualifications — will give you added peace of mind.

REVIEW THE CONTRACT AND WARRANTIES CLOSELY

Never sign a contract without reading it over carefully. Professional contractors won’t be annoyed with your taking the time to understand the terms of your agreement — and most will be happy to sit down with you and explain parts you don’t understand. Also, make sure you understand the warranty that comes with your new roof. All materials and workmanship should be guaranteed for at least five years, and the roofing itself ought to come with a 20- to 40-year warranty.

COVER YOUR BASES

Before work begins, be sure to cover your bases. Check with your contractor about whether you need to acquire a permit (most roofing companies will take care of this as part of their service), and confirm that their employees are covered by workers comp as well. Finally, if you’re submitting an insurance claim on your roof, make certain you’ve followed all the necessary procedures — and undergone all the necessary approvals — before work on your new roof begins.

NEVER PAY THE ENTIRE BALANCE UPFRONT

Never pay the entire balance of your new roof up front. This goes for all large projects. If your contractor asks this of you, terminate your relationship and be sure not to sign a contract. Asking for a reasonable deposit and a payment schedule that parallels the work is common practice. In no case should you ever pay with cash. Using a credit card increases the likelihood that, in a worst-case scenario, you’ll be able to recover your money without expensive litigation.

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This post was taken from http://www.heraldcourier.com/community/how-to-choose-a-quality-roofing-contractor/article_9d44db7c-bf1b-53d5-a85e-29b438581692.html

Elastomeric Membrane Market Dynamics, Forecast, Analysis and Supply Demand -2025

Elastomeric membrane is a waterproof roofing material that can withstand high temperatures and ensure excellent durability of the roofing material. It is highly

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recommended in the regions where extreme climatic conditions prevail. The lifespan of elastomeric membrane about 25 to 30 years. Properties such as durability and moisture resistance makes elastomeric membrane an ideal choice for roofs. These membranes are used on large flat and low-slope roofs and require minimum maintenance. Its excellent property of elasticity makes it apparent for cold climate. Elastomeric membranes are slightly more expensive than conventional roofing materials. However, the long shelf-life of these membranes justifies their price. The commercial industry witnesses the widespread usage of elastomeric membranes as the focus of the end-user in the industry lies more in the durability of the product. Elastomeric membranesare utilized on roofs, walls, underground construction areas, and in wet areas.

There are two types of elastomeric membranes, – namely, dual-layered traditional membrane and self-adhesive elastomeric membrane. Traditional elastomeric membranes comprise two layers, namely, the base layer and a top finishing layer. The top finishing layer consists of granules that make it resistant to harsh environmental conditions. A blow torch is used to install the top layer. Self-adhesive elastomeric membranes are easy to install, as they are cold-applied on the flat or low-sloped roof. In this case, there is a film which covers the adhesive. During installation, this film has to be removed as the strips of self-adhesive elastomeric membrane are unrolled. Suppliers of elastomeric membranes are focusing on product development in order to meet the highly-competitive fragmented market. Recently, the U.S-based company, KARNAK, launched K-NRG Seal VP’s seamless seal for elastomeric membrane, which seals the building envelope by inhibiting the passage of air. This product helps attain superior energy-efficiency mandated by the governing agencies.

Increasing market for infrastructure and strict environmental norms and regulations are key factors driving the elastomeric membrane market. Government regulations mandates certain standards and waterproofing materials to be followed in major parts of the world. For instance, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) program called ’ENERGY STAR® Program Requirements for Roof Products’. Elastomeric roof coatings meets the guidelines set by the EPA for energy-efficiency defined by the United States Green Building Council. Some countries in Europe follow the roofing standards set by ASTM that mandates required properties and testing procedures for high-solids content and cold liquid-applied elastomeric membranes. These standards play a vital role in prompting consumers to prefer elastomeric membranes. Increasing investments in the commercial construction sector of emerging countries such as India, Indonesia, etc., is expected to boost the elastomeric membrane market.

North America accounts for a major share of the elastomeric membrane market influenced by regulations and norms for pollution control enacted by the U.S government. The non-residential sector in the region is witnessing significant expansion due to increasing industrial development in the U.S and Canada, which is contributing to the institutional construction. This investment is expected to increase further due to the rebuilding efforts undertaken by the U.S government to overcome the devastation caused by hurricanes. In a way, economy experts in the U.S. anticipate the construction spending to rise in the near future. North America is followed by Europe, which is also under the pressure of government’s policy for energy-efficient buildings. The real estate and infrastructure industry in the Middle East, primarily Saudi Arabia and the UAE, is expected to attract hefty investments. Asia Pacific, presently, occupies a minor share in the global elastomeric membrane market. However, the share of Asia Pacific is expected to increase in the near future due to rising urbanization and increasing awareness towards energy-efficient buildings.

Key manufacturers operating in the global elastomeric membrane market include Soprema Inc, BASF SE, Saint-Gobain S.A, KEMPER SYSTEM, Johns Manville, Sika AG, Carlisle Companies Inc, Firestone Building Products, and KARNAK.

This post was taken from https://realfacts24.com/14278/elastomeric-membrane-market-dynamics-forecast-analysis-and-supply-demand-2025/

Roof Maintenance

A residential property could have triple-reinforced titanium steel walls, and it still wouldn’t be worth a darn without a sturdy roof. It’s through the roof and rooftop features that many problematic elements can enter a building

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, from wind to rain to ice to debris. And because of that, the roof must be adequately fortified and properly maintained. Otherwise, the integrity of the building – along with resident safety and property value – are bound to suffer.

Basics for Beginners

Roofs are not just complicated, relatively delicate structures—they’re also harder to keep tabs on than a facade, or windows that people look at all day. Fortunately, there are myriad experts – from property managers to A/E/C professionals to trades persons who work solely on roofs – who can do the job for your building and keep your roof in good repair.

“A roof should be inspected every few years,” says Frank Sausa, Vice President of Altura Construction Company, Inc., in Garfield, New Jersey. “If a leak gets severe enough, a homeowner’s ceiling can literally collapse. The most common cause of leaks that we see is when the rubber boot around plumbing vents deteriorates. Additionally, we often conduct repairs around chimneys, skylights and valleys, utilizing shingles, leak barrier ice and water shield, synthetic paper, step flashing, counter flashing, and, most importantly, kick-out flashings.”

Between formal inspections by a roofing professional, associations should be doing routine maintenance on their own. “Inspection of roofs should be part of the basic building maintenance, and reviewed at a minimum of a few times per month, especially during and after heavy rains or snow,” says Dennis DePaola, Executive Vice President of Orsid Realty Corp., in New York City. “Not only should the roofing surface, pitch pockets, and flashings be checked, but the floor below should be looked at as well, in order to catch even the smallest amount of water infiltration as early as possible, before any major damage occurs.”

Of course, roofs are not ‘one size fits all,’ and a maintenance schedule therefore depends on the make and age of one’s model, as well as the weather to which it’s subjected. “Appropriate frequency of inspections of a roof may depend on its age, but annually is probably a general minimum,” recommends Christopher R. Berg, President of Independent Association Managers, Inc., in Naperville, Illinois. “Severe weather conditions may necessitate specific inspections, particularly for shingled roofs. If you can see the roof from the ground, loose or missing shingles can be spotted by the board or management on a simple walk. However, many problems would only be identified via closer inspection. For example, an examination of the attic may identify leaks and problems that wouldn’t be apparent elsewhere, such as insufficiently ventilated bathroom moisture or dryer lint.”

In areas like New England, where the weather in a given year can reach sweltering highs and frigid lows, roofs can wear much faster than in more temperate regions. To be proactive, an association should perform a visual inspection of its roof on an annual basis,” suggests Tim Arel, Owner and Principal at North Point Management, which has offices in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. “This inspection should look for missing or damaged shingles, as well as wear and warping. That will allow an association to perform the small and relatively easy repairs before they develop into serious issues that result in the need for full roof replacement, or damage to the buildings. Proactive annual inspections work to extend the life span of the roof, but they also provide information needed to plan for a roof’s eventual replacement. And they can initially be performed by qualified members of the management team, or by association volunteers. The key is to have individuals who know what they’re looking for perform these inspections. Then, when issues are identified, management and the board should contact a qualified roofing contractor to perform the needed repairs, or to provide a professional assessment with recommendations.”

Damage Done

Certain roof-based dilemmas are more common than others, so it pays for a board or management to be aware of the likely suspects.

“We’ve taken over buildings from other firms wherein we have found severe structural steel damage due to neglect, and the failure to stop water infiltration for prolonged periods of time,” notes DePaola. “In such instances, we’ve had to install shoring within apartments to offset the load from the damaged steel. That may require a relocation of the residents, depending on the severity of the situation.

“We’ve also been successful in spotting smaller repairs of roofing systems that are still under warranty, at little-to-no expense to the building owner,” he continues. “By regularly checking for these smaller repairs and addressing them in a timely manner, owners can greatly extend the useful life of the roofing system, sometimes well beyond their 20-to-25-year warranty.”

As one may intuit, ice is a major enemy in regions with particularly cold winters. “The improper removal of ice dams has been a significant contributor to roof damage over the past several years,” says Arel. “When faced with an emergency situation caused by interior water intrusion from ice dams, some vendors believe that the solution lies in removing the ice via the use of hammers and pickaxes. While this may temporarily alleviate the problem, the net result is often significant damage to shingles and roofs. This makes for a great example as to how proper planning and hiring vendors with the correct equipment will benefit an association in the long-term.”

And the type of roof – shingled or flat – also affects its aging process.

“Shingled roofs often age prematurely, as a result of insufficient ventilation and/or insulation, and may need to be inspected more frequently,” warns Berg. “When attics can’t vent the summer heat, cooked shingles will curl and break the adhesive that holds them down, leaving an edge up to become a sail in the wind. Sometimes you can be alerted by shingles on the ground or in the gutters, but other times they seem to have vanished from the earth. When attics can’t stay cold under snow-covered roofs, they cause ice dams that can lift shingles, split wood and bend metal, whether or not it causes visible interior damage. Rubber parts and applied sealants need to be inspected for cracking, so they can be replaced before they leak. However, gutters often have to be cleaned of leaves and other tree debris in both spring and fall, which makes for two great opportunities to just inspect all of the roofing.

“And then flat roofs have both masonry and metallic elements, in addition to drains, pipes, and other membrane penetrations, so they may need regular engineering inspections as well,” Berg adds. “Minor cracking in masonry joints and membrane transitions can lead to serious problems, whose resolution come with serious price tags. So the more complicated your roofing system is, the more regular inspections you may need, and by more technical professionals.”

Balance in Budget

The more on top (pun intended) of roof-related affairs an association is, the less likely they’ll have to spend exorbitant amounts of money to fix a disaster. With that said, unpredictable calamities, however, can happen, and an association is best served tucking away some extra funds in the event of a rainy day.

“Every association should have both short- and long-term capital plans for the essential building components,” says DePaola. “We know that roofing systems have a useful life between 10 and 30 years, depending on the system and the warranties received. Therefore, the association should be funding or implementing a plan to fund – via either borrowing or assessment – for the roof replacement during the entire life cycle of the capital component. The most costly roofing projects to which we’ve been privy are those that have not been planned for and those that have been deferred for too long.”

“Having a reserve study and financial plan in place to ensure that the funds needed for capital projects exist in the association’s reserve account is the best method to avoid the significant impact of special assessments,” Arel agrees. “Proper funding is always based on proactive planning. Unfortunately, a great number of associations are under-funded, and thus do not have sufficient reserve funds required for a significant capital project. In these occasions, associations need to evaluate their options to determine what plan best suits its owners. Due to the current financial environment, a great number of associations are looking to loans to make up for their lack of reserves. This option allows an association to borrow the necessary funding, typically through a fixed interest rate loan that may cost less per month than delaying work and facing the increased costs of labor and materials. When roofs need to be replaced within a several-year period due to leaks or other severe issues, financing the project allows an association to spread out the payment over a greater span, thus resulting in a lower monthly increase.

“However,” he continues, “it’s important to note that one option is not right for all association. A board should weigh all options and the financial impacts thereof and present that to the owners. It’s important to involve the owners when making any decision that will result in a significant fee increase, such that the owners can understand the process that the board has undergone and the options available, then provide input as to what they believe is the best option to meet the association’s needs.”

Am I At Risk Of Asbestos From HSE?

Am I At Risk Of Asbestos From HSE?

Workers involved in refurbishment, maintenance and other similar trades, could be at risk of exposure to asbestos during their work. This includes:

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  • Heating and ventilation engineers
  • Demolition workers
  • Carpenters and joiners
  • Plumbers
  • Roofing contractors
  • Painters and decorators
  • Plasterers
  • Construction workers
  • Fire and burglar alarm installers
  • Shop fitters
  • Gas fitters
  • Computer and data installers
  • General maintenance staff eg caretakers
  • Telecommunications engineers
  • Architects, building surveyors, and other such professionals
  • Cable layers
  • Electricians

This list does not include all occupations at risk from potential exposure to asbestos.

When am I most at risk?

You are most at risk when:

  • the building you are working on was built before the year 2000
  • you are working on an unfamiliar site
  • asbestos-containing materials were not identified before the job was started
  • asbestos-containing materials were identified but this information was not passed on by the people in charge to the people doing the work
  • you haven’t done a risk assessment
  • you don’t know how to recognise and work safely with asbestos
  • you have not had appropriate information, instruction and training
  • you know how to work safely with asbestos, but you choose to put yourself at risk by not following proper precautions, perhaps to save time or because no one else is following proper procedures

Remember

  • you can’t see or smell asbestos fibres in the air
  • the effects of being exposed to asbestos take many years to show up – avoid breathing it in now
  • people who smoke and are also exposed to asbestos fibres are at a much greater risk of developing lung cancer
  • asbestos is only a danger when fibres are made airborne and breathed in
  • as long as the asbestos is in good condition and it is located somewhere where it can’t be easily damaged then it shouldn’t be a risk to you

Where might you find asbestos?

Some of the places where you may find it can be found in our residential and industrial building diagrams.

The section on ‘Managing and working with asbestos’ provides further information on working with asbestos.

this post was taken from and all information http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/risk.htm

Roofing scam sees companies targeted by email fraudsters

Roofing scam sees companies targeted by email fraudsters

At least three roofing companies in Waterloo Region have recently been targeted by a complex scam involving recently sold houses.

Rhys Williams of The Roofman Inc. says an email requesting an estimate on replacing a certain home’s roof in Kitchener left him “a little bit suspicious.”

There was no obvious red flag, but there were a number of things about the email that seemed a little off. It had several spelling and punctuation issues. The sender had an American phone number and claimed he had learned of The Roofman Inc. through Yelp, an American website.

The property in question had recently been sold. Real estate agent Michelle Wobst says she’s aware of at least three roofing companies that received similar emails about it.

One company – concerned that they were being scammed – called Wobst to confirm if the name on the email was the name of either the buyer or the seller. It wasn’t.

“They were kind of skeptical as to why somebody would be doing the roof during the process of selling,” she said.

Another company was a little less skeptical. Last week, the seller woke up and noticed a crane in her driveway and shingles being loaded onto her roof.

That roofing company had been sent a cheque containing a full payment for the supposed roof replacement job – and a little extra. The emailer had asked them to return the difference through an email transfer.

“Obviously the first cheque isn’t going to clear, and now this guy’s out like $1,500,” Wobst says.

At The Roofman Inc., it was the third time a similar scammer had tried to get them. Williams has one piece of advice for any roofing companies unsure if a questionable request is legitimate.

“If you can’t get a face-to-face with the potential client … you should definitely consider doing more research,” he says.

Police say homeowners who see a construction crew performing unexpected work at their home around the time of a sale or purchase should contact their real estate agent to determine exactly what is happening.

With reporting by Max Wark

Man fined for dumping asbestos in NSW

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A man has copped a $7500 fine for dumping a load of waste mixed with asbestos next to a water plant in regional NSW.

The man from Perthville was fined after he was caught on CCTV off-loading the asbestos outside the Bathurst Water Filtration Plant in September 2017.

NSW Environment Protection Agency spokesman Sandie Jones said the cost of disposing of the asbestos legally at Bathurst landfill would have been about $35.

Instead, the illegal dumping cost tax-payers more than $4000 for the Bathurst Regional Council to employ a licensed asbestos contractor to help safely clean up the site.

“In the age of surveillance cameras, dashboard cameras and cameras on mobile phones, the chances of a witness observing waste dumpers are ever increasing,” Ms Jones said in a statement on Thursday.

Bathurst Mayor Graham Hanger said the council will be seeking to recover the costs of the clean up from those who dumped the waste.

Lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis can result from an individual breathing in the fibres if they become airborne, according to Safe Work Australia.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/aap/article-5420697/Man-fined-dumping-asbestos-NSW.html#ixzz57q8WQcCC
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Retired resident troubled by asbestos in ‘leaking’ roof

Retired resident troubled by asbestos in ‘leaking’ roof

By Alex Jones in Local People

A HOUSING association has come under fire from a resident who is concerned about asbestos and repair “delays”.

Gwyn Roberts, 62, lives indepenedently in the Felin Uchaf complex in Dolgellau along with several other elderly or vulnerable residents.

After retiring early due to medical issues, Mr Roberts moved into his property, maintained by Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG), five years ago.

In those five years, the 62-year-old claims he has faced an uphill battle to get his flat to an acceptable living standard and to get CCG to even respond to his complaints.

“My roof, and several others around here, has been leaking like a sieve for a long time now,” Mr Roberts told the Cambrian News.

“I’ve made numerous complaints and it’s only through constant nagging that anything is getting done.

“After 18 months of perpetual pestering I’ve managed to get them to replace my roof and my neighbouring flats too but we’re the only ones as far as I can see.

“They’ve told us to stay indoors whilst the work is ongoing as there’s asbestos in the roof – they won’t tell me what kind – so that begs the question of whether a leaky roof with asbestos in it is safe?

“I’ve spoken to other residents about it and they’ve expressed their concern too.

“I’ve seen the state of some of the roofing timbers throughout the site, something serious will happen unless the proper measures are taken.”

A CCG spokesperson said: “Many houses constructed before 1999 contain asbestos materials. When we commission any works that disrupt the fabric of the building, we check for the presence of asbestos and, if found, appropriate action is taken.

“Asbestos-related material was present in the roof of 6 and 7 Felin Uchaf and specialist contractors were appointed to have it removed.

“Following an inspection, it was also identified that the most viable solution for these properties was to completely replace the roofs.

“We have appointed contractors who are currently working on site.”

This post was taken from http://www.cambrian-news.co.uk/article.cfm?id=118846&headline=Retired%20resident%20troubled%20by%20asbestos%20in%20%E2%80%98leaking%E2%80%99%20roof&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018