How Brexit affects the Roofing Industry – What to Expect

by | Nov 1, 2023

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Brexit, the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union (commonly known as Brexit), has brought about a new era in trade and regulation across many industries. Like many other industries, the roofing industry is not immune from the effects of this major transition. This article will explore the possible impacts of Brexit on roofing, including changes to regulations, material availability, and trade considerations.

1. Changes in Regulation
The roofing industry could be affected by Brexit in a significant way.

  • Product Standards – Previously, all roofing materials and roof products were governed by the standards of the European Union. After Brexit, the UK will have the chance to create its own standards for products, which could differ from EU regulations. Roofing professionals will need to adjust to new compliance requirements.
  • Testing and Certification: The certification process for roofing products could change, which will affect how manufacturers market their products. This could cause delays and changes to supply chains.
  • Import/Export regulations: Companies that import roofing materials from EU could face additional paperwork, possible customs checks and tariffs which may impact pricing and availability.

2. Materials Availability
Brexit has caused concern about the availability and cost of roofing materials.
Increased border checks, potential delays in ports and increased border controls can cause disruptions to the supply chain. This could cause delays and higher costs in roofing projects.

  • Material Costs – Tariffs and barriers to trade may increase the cost of roofing materials imported from EU. This can affect project budgets.
  • Alternatives: Roofers may have to look at alternative materials readily available in the UK and non-EU countries.

3. Trade Considerations
Trade considerations are crucial to the roofing industry, which relies on materials, equipment and tools imported and exported.

  • Import/Export and Customs Procedures: Companies in the roofing sector must learn to navigate new import/export procedures that could result in administrative burdens or delays.
  • Price fluctuations: Trade negotiations and currency exchange rates can affect the pricing of roofing material, which will impact project costs.
  • Market Access: Roofers looking to expand their business into the EU may encounter new barriers, such as different certification processes and regulations.

4. Workforce implications
It is important to consider the availability of roofing professionals who are skilled.

  • Shortage of skilled workers: The UK and EU are both major sources of qualified roofers. The changes in immigration policy and labor mobility may lead to a shortage of qualified roofers.
  • Certification and training: Roofers may have to meet new certification and training requirements in order to comply with any post-Brexit standards.

Brexit has brought uncertainty to the UK roofing industry. Although the full impact of Brexit is yet to be determined, roofing professionals and suppliers as well as homeowners should prepare themselves for possible changes in trade regulations, material availability and other factors. It is important to stay informed of industry developments and adapt to new requirements in order for you navigate the challenges that Brexit will bring. Collaboration, flexibility and a willingness to change will be essential to the long-term survival of the roofing industry in a post Brexit landscape.

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