Garland UK Report Reveals Outlook of the Commercial Roofing Industry

GARLAND UK has published its first benchmarking report on the commercial roofing industry in collaboration with some of the UK’s leading experts.

The report reveals the main challenges commercial landlords and estates teams face with their roofing assets and shares expert advice, strategies and considerations to overcome them.

Commercial Roofing Report

The report ‘A View From The Top: Commercial Roofing Report 2023’ shares insights from chartered surveyors, sustainability consultants, and industry associations, discussing relevant topics such as roof retrofit works, EPC updates, carbon reduction strategies, future-proofing assets, and how to mitigate risk on roof projects.

Currently, the UK roofing industry market value is expected to reach £4.7bn in 2023. Since 2015, the demand for flat roof systems has been the most significant influence on the market, accounting for 42% of total sales in 2020.

However, with the cost of living crisis and inflation dominating the news agenda in 2023, not to mention the continuing effects of Brexit, labour shortages, the pandemic, and the ongoing war in Ukraine, the roofing industry continues to face new and increasing challenges.

Mark Fisher, Head of Metal and Technical Services at Garland UK, said, “There is the possibility that companies’ budgets won’t be approved in time to invest in capital projects, and private equity investors may need help finding profitable investments. This could slow growth in the industry’s comprehensive forward-looking order book and challenge the ability to turn a profit.”

As many of us will agree, the construction sector has been on a rollercoaster ride in recent years. However, it’s not all doom and gloom; the outlook for 2023 is that the industry remains resilient – in fact, many opportunities are highlighted by the report experts, indicating where estate teams and commercial landlords can quickly realise the benefits. Mark Fisher explains further, “With the right roofing partners, I anticipate more building owners and estates teams to realise profitable advantages.”

Sustainable Roofing

Sustainable roofing design is trending, where systems that embrace a cradle-to-cradle approach with recycle, reduce and reuse methodologies are being specified. Solar PV panels and thermal efficiency upgrades that reduce carbon emissions and gain control of reducing operational running costs are high on the agenda.

One of the expert panel, Gemma Cornwall, Head of Sustainability at AG Built Environment Consultancy, adds, “Building owners and organisations are seeing an immediate impact: the money’s flying out of their company bank accounts, and they need to do something about it. We are finding that a proactive approach is being taken to overcome these challenges, whereby roof works will often incorporate a solar scheme to mitigate the impact of operational running costs.”

The report also looks into the importance of investigative works and, when carried out at the earliest stages of a roofing project, can reap significant savings. Long-term asset management is another positive trend, where preventative maintenance allows building portfolios to be managed most cost-effectively.

The complete insights report can be downloaded here.


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