If you’re looking to get a roof estimate on your home during this challenging time, you must take steps to protect yourself and others.
Under normal circumstances, roofers are easily able to complete an estimate a few different ways. If the homeowner is present, it’s a great option to go into the home and inspect the attic for any leaks or drafts. Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, it is no longer an option to inspect the roof from the inside.
If an inspector were to ignore current stay-at-home orders, they could face legal consequences. However, not doing so delays claims, stresses homeowners, and causes missed deadlines. It is a challenging time for all.
The coronavirus is changing everything. As a result, everyone must adapt to a new environment – even when it comes to roof inspections.
Know the Current Roofing Inspection Laws
Both contractors and homeowners should stay informed about their local stay-at-home orders. The threat that we’re facing is unprecedented. As a result, lawmakers are figuring out what to do while at the same time issuing orders in an attempt to keep everyone safe.
The regulations regarding how we protect ourselves from the coronavirus change daily. Contractors and homeowners should be staying up to date with the most recent orders from their local jurisdictions.
Social Distancing Still Applies for Roof Estimates
Normally, a home roof estimate takes about an hour. Typically, the homeowners are present as the estimate takes place.
Before the estimate commences, the contractor will typically have a brief conversation with the homeowner. In the current environment, however, the meet and greet will have to take place virtually. Contractors can let homeowners know ahead of time that they’ll keep their distance doing the evaluation.
Take Things Slow and Easy
In this environment, it’s normal for homeowners to feel nervous. Roofers must do everything that they can to provide the homeowner with peace of mind.
From the initial communication with homeowners, the roofing crews must explain to the client that they’ll keep their distance to protect everyone’s safety. They can also reassure clients by informing them of any preventative measures that they take to stem the spread of COVID-19. Preventative measures might include anything from disinfecting equipment to mandating that workers wear protective gear.
Flexibility Helps in the Current Environment
We are all home more than we’ve ever been before. The more we are home, it’s easy to start realizing home improvement projects that need to be taken care of. The most important part of your home is your roof.
If you were planning on getting a new roof within the next year, take advantage of this time at home now. It has never been a better time to get a new roof. The local roofing companies that are still open and operating are needing your business.
On top of that, the roofing supply chains need the business as well. With supply chain discounts, it’s now much more affordable to get a new roof.
Digitize as Much as Possible
Today, every business owner is doing what they can to protect their workers. For many businesses, this means allowing people to work from home if possible.
In every way, contractors must minimize contact with clients. For instance, contractors can meet with homeowners by telephone or video conferencing.
Wherever possible, contractors must come up with creative ways to leverage technology. As an example, some companies are performing aerial roof estimates using drones.
Contractors can also email homeowners a roofing inspection checklist so that they can perform a pre-inspection.
At Landmark Roofing, we’re currently offering roof estimates with aerial imagery. Using Eagleview, we will take a satellite image of your home. Using this image, our software uses specific measurements and square footage of your home’s roof to get an accurate and detailed estimate. All of this information is e-mailed over to the homeowner to review before setting the roof installation date upon approval.
Using our aerial imagery software, there is no need to meet the homeowner until the day the roof is installed. When we meet the homeowner, social distancing guidelines will be accurately followed.
Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way
In dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak, everyone’s taking things one day at a time. The same applies to roof estimates and installations in the current environment.
Both contractors and customers must work to find creative solutions to move forward with needed services. Contractors, however, must stay open to change. What works today may not work tomorrow.
If you’re a homeowner and you need a roof estimate, Landmark has you covered. We take every precaution to keep you and your family safe while delivering the same high-quality service that we have for every client with our satellite imagery estimates.