In the second part of a two-part series, Jonathan Woods, Managing Director at Essex-based Contour Roofing, tells us about the company’s recent NFRC Award nomination and how they’re tackling the current challenges facing the roofing industry. Click here to read part one.

It’s been almost a year since you won the NFRC Award in the Single Ply category for Ewart Grove and you’ve just been shortlisted again – why are these awards important to you?

Our award for Ewart Grove was fantastic because it highlighted the lengths we go to when it comes to problem solving and delivering the best possible finish for a client. This year’s entry takes this to another level with a Rubik’s Cube shaped roof!

Jonathan Woods, Managing Director at Contour Roofing

Winning awards is about being proud of our workmanship and dedication. It proves that we are up to the challenge and helps us secure new business. We have a fantastic team vibe here at Contour Roofing, which I believe is a massive part of our success. Everybody working together, from directors and contract managers, to estimators and fitters, means we deliver the best possible service to all our customers.

Ewart Grove, NFRC award winner in the single ply category 2016

What are your thoughts on the perception of single ply in the market?

Some companies won’t use single ply because they think it’s an inferior product. Nothing could be further from the truth! I always say it’s like comparing a cheap vacuum cleaner to a Dyson. Sarnafil is a superior, high quality single ply membrane that has suffered from other poor alternatives giving single ply a bad name.


Obviously, single ply must be used on the correct applications – this knowledge comes from site experience. Couple this with a high standard of installation and you’ve got a really durable system that clients can trust.


All of our fitters take pride in their work, and undertake full Sarnafil training, which is regularly updated. This ensures the Sarnafil membrane is always laid with the upmost precision, attention to detail, and with health and safety front of mind.

What’s the biggest challenge facing the roofing industry at the moment?

My focus is to get more roofers into the industry – and that means discovering and nurturing fresh talent. Apprenticeships are a passion of mine, they’re the only way to ensure we get a steady flow of new fitters, trained to a really high standard. We’re looking to take on two apprentices each year and have had great success so far.


Social media really helps with recruitment, especially with young people. I also did a talk at a local school that resulted in two new apprentices starting with us. In the end, you’ve got to put the effort in to get results out. Investing in the industry is the only way we’ll see positive growth in the future.