If you're one of our subscribers, you're likely either a Roofing Contractor, Salesman, or Insurance Adjuster and that means you spend a lot of time in your truck. Between hauling ladders, drones, a bunch of measuring tape and chalk, and file folders full of docs, having that storage space and hauling capacity is a necessity, not to mention customers just expect anyone involved in their roof to arrive a truck.
RoofSnap is a software company, but we were founded by roofers, so we like to keep our finger on the pulse of what's going on in the industry. Some things are unchanging, customers are always going to want more for less, they're always going to be suspicious of storm restoration companies, and other companies shoddy work will always be held against the whole industry.
We're more connected now than ever. If you're reading this blog, it may have come to you from our subscription emails, from one of our company's social media posts, or our personal linked in pages. That's a lot of outlets, especially for a small blog about roofing software. But how should businesses make the most of today's interconnectivity?
If you're in the roofing industry and subscribe to any nation-wide social-media groups, you've probable seen pictures of the hail that's been pounding Colorado over the past week. Hell, even if you're a social media hermit you've probably seen the golf-ball sized ice balls on your local news channel.
In the not-so-distant days of roofing's past, there were only a few ways to obtain your linear and area measurements. They involved measuring tapes of varying length (not always long enough for the eave), measuring wheels that slip and slide depending on the surface, and expensive measurement reports from a single industry player.
If you've been a RoofSnap subscriber or a drone-flying roofing contractor for any amount of time, you know that leaves are one of the few things that stand between you and a clear view of your project's roof. Besides being a hazard to your drone's rotors, fully leafed trees can obscure vital portions of the eaves and, in more forested areas, entire homes from satellite and aerial photography.
Hurricane season 2018 started 4 days early this year, with the damage brought by SubTropical Storm Alberto spreading from the gulf all the way to Canada. If you run a restoration company, then you are well aware of the damage that hail, ice,rain, and strong winds can cause to homes. Many times, your clients’ first point of concern will be whether their insurance policies cover the damage that has happened.
USA storm facts:
- According to the Insurance Institute of Business & Home Safety, there are about 3,000 hailstorms in America each year and these storms result in losses of approximately $1.6-billion.
- Figures from the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies show that severe windstorms (including tornadoes and hurricanes) cause billions of dollars in property damage each year.
- While the average lifespan of a roof is two decades, homes in hail-prone areas need to be replaced every 7 – 10 years.
As a restoration expert, there are a few things that you can do to make the rebuilding process a bit easier.
- Site Inspection
First, a site inspection will be needed. The reason is that a homeowner may not be aware of the extent of the damage.An untrained eye may not see all the damage that needs to be repaired.
- Meticulous Documentation
As a roof repair and installation company, roof restorations are likely to make up a huge part of your workload. The type of roof you are repairing, the length of time since it was last inspected and the level of issues, will impact how time-consuming each job will be. Here are a few tips that roofing contractors can use to make the process more efficient:
As a roofing contractor, you may already be installingeco-friendly or ‘green’ roofs. But as eco-minded millenials move into the housing market, you may want to consider offering even more 'green' options in your estimates. A ‘green roof’ can refer to:
There are many roofing contractor software products available on the market, but it’s not always easy to know which solutions are worth an investment. To manage profitability, you need to ensure that you receive a good return on investment for any tech purchase you make. Here are some of the best software solutions for today’s roofing professionals.