Paul Duffy, Managing Director of Onduline Building Products, the lightweight roofing systems specialist, looks forward to 2021 and predicts that low pitch roofing and ‘green’ solutions will be high on the agenda for roofing contractors.

It’s been a year we will never forget. One when lockdown led to slowdown and changed the way we live and go about our work.

For many it’s meant closing the office and working from home. But a roof cannot be built via video conferencing.

Rightly, the government identified the construction sector as essential in getting the economy moving, and a number of important announcements have given added impetus to this strategy.

This is an area we plan to invest further in during 2021

Sustainability will again be a big focus, and while not directly related to roofing, the government’s Green Homes Grant Scheme has given this issue added momentum.

ISOLINE roofing underlays also meet this ‘green agenda’, as the material is made of a minimum 50% recycled cellulose fibres, contain no asbestos and do not release any hazardous substances. Importantly, they also have BBA certification.

One consequence of the pandemic has been that people are spending more time in their gardens, a trend we expect to continue. This has caused a lot of homeowners to spruce up their garden buildings, but this has not been restricted to sheds and pergolas.


The light weight, easy handling and quick installation of bituminous corrugated sheeting has seen an increase in interest in garden rooms as home offices, with materials such as ONDULINE CLASSIC for roofing.

It’s also popular as an innovative solution for architects looking to convert structures such as old agricultural buildings into holiday lets, or adding an extra floor to a redundant workshop to turn it into a two-storey home.

So, while there will be challenges in 2021, we can be confident of plenty of opportunities for roofing contractors as the sector continues to show resilience and an ability to innovate and adapt.