Painting industry trade body launches new guide for social housing professionals

National trade body The Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) has produced a new guide to signpost social housing professionals to recognised contractors.

According to the PDA, while there are no legal requirements to appoint a professional painter and decorator in public and private environments, there are clear benefits to taking a trusted route.

Security, safety and sustainability – and the reassurance that a contractor has the scope and scale to tackle different projects – are just some of the key reasons set out for making a professional selection.

Neil Ogilvie, Chief Executive of the PDA said: “As the industry’s national trade body we can be relied upon to signpost social housing providers to a professional contractor.

“Members of the PDA – from one man bands through to nationwide contractors – have to measure up to exacting standards to join the association.

“By meeting the strict criteria, they are able to display the PDA’s distinctive red, white and blue logo, which is recognised across the UK as a symbol of great workmanship at a fair price – values which count in the tender process.”

The PDA was first established in 1894 and is the largest recognised trade body representing painters and decorators in the UK.

Members range from sole traders to national large contractors, and they are all subject to a strict vetting procedure.

That includes providing evidence of their industry qualifications or evidence of at least five years’ experience. Four independent references also need to be given.

Mr Ogilvie added: “When choosing a contractor, social housing providers are making a significant financial investment as well as allowing someone to come into their buildings – not only their own environments, but tenanted property too.

“As a result, it’s a decision which should never be made lightly.

“Unfortunately, the painting and decorating industry is filled with people who are not true specialists in their field.

“It’s a relatively easy trade for someone to set up in – even if they have few skills in the work and are actually no good at the job.

“Choosing a PDA member brings peace of mind, knowing they abide by a recognised Code of Practice and hold the correct insurances, meeting both safety and security requirements.

“Furthermore, the appointment of a quality contractor also makes both financial sense and supports sustainability.

“The work of a PDA member using high performance, correctly specified products is likely to far outlive poor application from a less qualified source.

“This longevity can ultimately reduce future labour costs and will mean less products are required.”

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