Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors
Find us on:


In September 2018 the FTMRC launched the 3rd edition of the UK Guide to Good Practice in Fully Supported Metal Roofing and Cladding. Building on the ground breaking foundations laid by the first edition in 2007, the new, much extended Guide to Good Practice provides a comprehensive reference document for the design, specification and installation of traditional metal roofing and cladding.

Containing more than 100 drawings, photos and tables supporting extensive instruction and reference notes within its 96 pages, the Guide provides information on the detailing issues most commonly faced by those involved in the sector, including jointing, fixing, underlays, eaves, abutments, verge, ridges & hips, weatherings and drainage, roof penetrations and much more.

The Guide has been compiled for the FTMRC by a working group of the leading installation contractors together with input from all of the prominent metal manufacturers from mainland Europe. It provides easy comparisons of the different roofing metals and highlights the similarities in – and differences between – working with aluminium, copper, galvanised and stainless steel and zinc. It is designed to supplement – not replace – the guidelines and specifications each manufacturer issues for their own product, but for the first time collect and collate this separately produced information into a single publication.

The UK Guide to Good Practice aides all those involved in the sector. It provides an essential training companion for those learning the craft of hard metal roofing and cladding, a guide to detailing for architect and designers as they draw up their specifications and an easy on-site reference for installers needing to check information on sizing, fixing and detailing.

The long overdue need for such a reference document was initially highlighted by the FTMRC and recognised by Construction Skills who responded by providing a sizeable funding grant that enabled the publication to be produced more quickly and in a better quality format that would otherwise have been possible.

Copies of the UK Guide to Good Practice can be obtained direct from the FTMRC office and www.guidetometalroofing.co.uk. Profits generated from the sale of the Guide are ploughed straight back in to the further development of training and qualifications in traditional hard metals roofing and cladding.

The FTMRC Guide to Good Practice provides a convenient and authoritative technical reference that will assist everyone in maintaining quality standards in traditional metal roofing design and installation.

Futher information:
The UK Guide to Good Practice in Fully Supported Metal Roofing and Cladding is available from the FTMRC.

Tel: 01342 301627

Printed versions can be purchased directly from the FTMRC and are available in laminated hardback and soft cover versions. Also available as an ebook suitable for viewing on laptops, tablets and mobile phones.