Furlough is Ending: Make Sure Your Roof is Prepared

The furlough scheme was a cornerstone of the government’s pandemic support for businesses and employees. Those who couldn’t work from home, but were otherwise redundant, could be put on temporary paid leave, which was covered or heavily subsidised by the government.

From September 30, however, that won’t be the case. In this post, we’ll discuss the end of furlough and why your roof needs to be inspected.

Farewell furlough

Furlough has been a godsend for many businesses and their staff. It meant that people didn’t have to be let go because of social distancing measures or a temporary downturn in work. But all good things must come to an end.

Employers now need to decide whether they will take back their furloughed workers or make them redundant. By September 30th, most employers are required to have started the redundancy process for those they’re letting go.

Returning to the workplace

For some businesses, the end of furlough marks a final return to the workplace after almost 18 months away. Whether your staff have been working from home for 18 months, furloughed, or a mixture of the two, September 2021 onwards will see numerous commercial premises fully reopened and back to normal.

The problem, however, is that not all of those premises will have had the usual day-to-day use, attention and maintenance. As a result, some may be worse for wear, or even unsafe to use. A good starting point in this respect is your roof and surrounding parts.

Inspecting your roof

After up to 18 months away, it’s important to check the condition of your roof when employees are returning. In that time, it’s had to endure a lot of wind, rain, snow and plenty of leaves falling in autumn.

On top of that, there will have been no (or fewer) staff there to notice small issues like water ingress, leaks or fallen tiles. That means even more time for those small issues to turn in to bigger problems.

A visual inspection from the top floor of your commercial site, or the roof space, could reveal some issues like water ingress. You can also check your gutters when it’s raining to see if they are overflowing or leaking.

However, the best course of action after so long away is to get your roof inspected by a professional roofing company. They will be able to safely access your roof to check every last inch of it up close.

Book a commercial roof inspection

From shops and offices to factories and warehouses, it’s paramount that your roof is in good working order as furloughed staff return to work full-time. Not just to protect your property from further damage, but also to ensure the health and safety of your workforce.

At DPR Roofing, we provide dependable commercial roofing services throughout Leeds and the surrounding areas. Our team will visit your premises for a rigorous inspection before recommending any repairs with a no obligation quote.

Contact us today to arrange an inspection on 0113 335 0043 or [email protected].