Representing the majority of roofing contractors in this country, the Roofing Association of New Zealand (RANZ) entered its 23rd year by embarking on a number of projects to enhance the professionalism and standards within the roofing contracting industry and to ensure its future sustainability.
Recognition of roofing as a specialist trade has ensured that as the collective voice for roofers, RANZ has developed valued relationships both within the building and construction industry and with various government departments – notably WorkSafe and MBIE.
Innovation In the last few years innovative architectural designs have evolved in the build environment in New Zealand, with accompanying new and different roofing systems contributing to the skill requirement of roofing contractors.
One of the most notable achievements of RANZ was the development and introduction of apprenticeship training and formal roofing industry qualifications registered on the NZQA framework.
All strands of the roofing qualification have recently been reviewed and Skills, which undertakes roofing training, is currently re-writing course content with the aim of having new materials in place by the end of 2017. Another feature of the review was to align roofing training more closely with MBIE’s licensing scheme, roofing being one of the licensed trades.
Five points to consider when it comes to your roof
- There is a big difference between price and value when selecting a replacement roof
- Maintenance of your roof should be scheduled on a regular basis
- Your roof will not last forever. There comes a time when repairs simply won’t be the answer as leaks will persist
- Always seek more than one quote when repairs or a reroof are required
- Use a member of the Roofing Association of New Zealand – they are well informed about changes to the building code, health and safety regulations and technical matters.