Sometimes damage happens even though your roofing crews being as careful and conscientious as possible. When it happens, roofing contractors end up compensating homeowners and losing profit on the job. Using the right equipment is just one part of preventing property damage. Here are more tips for achieving a damage-free work zone.
1. Do a pre-installation inspection.
A pre-installation inspection does more than reveal hidden damage you may need to address during roof replacement; it can also identify previously-existing damage. Examine the roof as well as features like attics, gutters, flashing, siding, shutters, chimneys, skylights, and vents.
2. Make note of and photograph trouble spots.
Take photos and notes. After the inspection, review documentation of pre-existing damage with the client. Save the images and a record of the conversation in the client’s file so you can refer to them if property damage accusations arise later. If you don’t use a CRM that can store photos in client files, consider using platforms like Google Drive or Dropbox to save pics and make them easily accessible.
3. Inspect the property after the job is completed.
Ensure the roofing replacement process has gone smoothly with a follow-up inspection and documentation photos. As with the pre-job inspection, keep these on file so you can access them later if needed.
4. Use the right tools on the job.
Even when you move or cover every property feature possible, falling debris and cumbersome equipment can ding or destroy siding, trees, HVAC units, and more. But you can decrease the risk by investing in professional-level equipment. For example, a magnetic nail sweeper will reduce the risk of punctures in residents, pets and tires.
5. Train your employees.
Train new hires on your process for protecting homeowners’ properties. It’s also a smart idea to regularly review damage prevention with crew members. Listen to input from crew members, too; since they’re on the job daily they may have insight into how to more effectively reduce property damage for long-term savings.