MF Roofing was established in March 2012 with the clear aim of offering two things:
My background, before self-employment, was eight years working in the industry for a larger company. It was here I completed my apprenticeship, learnt the tricks of the trade and developed my skills. After this, I continued working as a roofer for another four years, completing jobs on a range of property types and roofing projects. It was this early time in my career when I developed my passion for working with older properties, particularly listing buildings. I was fascinated by their character and their history, and so learnt everything I could about the different ways I could help to preserve these when completing roofing jobs. From that point, I knew that I wanted to specialise in listed properties.
I knew I could offer services that people would need, people would want, and no other roofer could compete with. So, to get the business up and running, I maxed out my overdraft and received financial help from my partner and my mum. This allowed me to buy a van, tools and a set of ladders; everything I needed to begin working as MF Roofing.
As a new company, eager to establish our name, the first step was to secure work and prove to the world that we offer the best services in the area. To do this, our first job was found through a golf friend, who was looking to have their business's roof replaced.
The first few months were challenging; trying to get the business up and running and get our name out there. We wanted to make everyone aware of who MF Roofing was, what we were about, and establish a customer base. However, as with most challenges, through perseverance and hard work, it started to pay off and with more work began to appear on the books.
In January 2013, MF Roofing took the first steps of growth and brought on another team member. Bryan, my brother-in-law, had not long left school and was looking for joinery apprenticeship. However, he had the same drive and dedication that MF Roofing was founded with, and so was convinced to come on board and continues working with us today.
Our second apprentice joined the team mid-way through 2016. We sought out a younger person to offer the position too, as opposed to someone who had some experience. The reason for this being my experience with so-called "tradesman", and how they had previously lead to more issues and complaints from customers in four weeks than I had in the four years prior. At this point, I knew the way forward was to take on apprentices and train them up to be top tradespeople. There is a lot to be said for investing time and energy into young people.
Since starting MF Roofing, I've always placed importance on staying up-to-date with the latest trends and standards, which allows us to remain at the cutting edge within our sector.
Despite not much having changed in the industry over the past hundred years, MF Roofing approaches our work with knowledge drawn from traditional and new building practices, to offer the best services no matter the job or the property.
Traditional slating itself has almost become a dying art. Few companies are left who fully know how to carry out this sort of work, partly due to economic pressures. People want work carried out as fast and cheaply as possible, and not many can keep up. Carrying out work to a roof using old reclaimed slate, with traditional methods is neither fast nor cheap. Having said all that, I was to ensure all our clients that I will carry on with passing these old school ways of working to the next generations to come.
A great job done, really pleased. Friendly, professional, knowledgable, trustworthy. Would use again and definately recommend.
Cannot fault MF Roofing. Would highly recommend. Would absolutely use again. Great to have trusted tradesmen.
So delighted with my experience with MF Roofing! I saw Matthew’s post about doing emergency repairs for NHS workers, I messaged him and he arrived the next morning at 9am! Knowledgeable, helpful, friendly, and efficient.
Great job repairing some storm damage. Quick response, high standard of workmanship. Very professional.
Matthew was really, really easy to deal with on the phone and over messenger - really personable and professional at the same time. Would definitely recommend.
Fixed my Mum's leaky roof. Did an excellent job, after identifying the problem (which was in a tricky place) they fixed it very quickly and efficiently..
Great service from Matthew and his team, job completed to a high standard.
Great guy running a great company. Was a pleasure working for MF Roofing.
From start to finish the response & service was simply first class. Simply delighted. JD
Matthew and his team fitted a new roof for me on my house, and they done an excellent job. I would most certainly recommend MF Roofing to anyone.
Thank you for doing a great job.
I highly recommed MF Roofing! They did a really good job and for a reasonable cost
They were also quick and professional, thanks so much guys.