Tips for Being the First Contractor to Provide a Roof Proposal

By Wendy Helfenbaum 09-17-2020
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Often, when a homeowner calls you for a roof repair or replacement, time is of the essence. Maybe their roof suffered storm damage, or they're selling their home, or they've found a leak that's damaging their ceiling. Whatever the reason, these time-sensitive requests require contractors who can quickly provide a roof proposal and get to work.

Being the first contractor on the scene can lend a competitive advantage and potentially even generate more sales. Achieving your business goals depends on delivering top-notch service and craftsmanship in a timely manner, and that includes providing a fast, accurate roof proposal. Here are some tips that will help you be among the first to provide homeowners with a proposal.

Get the Top Tech for the Fastest Roof Measurements

It can take a while to physically measure a roof and write up an estimate. However, if you use the right tools, you can speed up the process and outpace companies who may be creating their proposals through more traditional means.

For example, digital roof measurement tools like GAF QuickMeasure help contractors get an automated, accurate roof report for a residential, single-family property in less than an hour without visiting the home, so you can quickly prepare a proposal based on reliable data.

Terry Telschow, owner of Raycon Contractors in Metairie, LA, says GAF's tool saves him time and money and has improved the way he services clients.

"I've used competitive products for years; they're excellent tools, but the problem with those are the lead times, the accuracy and the coverage areas. So when I heard about GAF QuickMeasure, I figured I'd give it a shot because of that lead time," says Telschow. "And what I realized very quickly is that it's going to be a tool I can incorporate into my business because I really care about speed when communicating with my customers."

Stay Ahead of Storms with Accurate Weather Data

It's one thing to answer the call after a major hurricane or tornado has blown through town, but what if you could plan ahead for upcoming severe weather? That way, you could proactively reach out to homeowners who may have been affected, offering your services before they even have time to consider anyone else.

With GAF WeatherHub, contractors can find leads based on past storms and plan for upcoming ones. This digital tool surveys storm maps to help you understand which areas have already been impacted and which ones might be in the near future.

Using this real-time data, you can maintain relationships with previous customers who may need your services again, while also generating new roofing leads in the area. GAF WeatherHub can also help you refine work schedules based on when you expect to be busy due to severe weather. Finally, the tool provides exclusive, address-specific three-year weather history reports, which can be given to property owners and insurers.

Homeowners often can't afford to wait when they need a roofing project done. Fortunately, technology can help you anticipate your customers' needs and capture leads more quickly.

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Wendy Helfenbaum is a Montreal-based journalist, content marketing writer and TV producer who covers design, architecture, real estate, gardening and travel for many publications and brands, including Country Gardens, Metropolis Magazine,, Marriott Traveler, Costco Connection, Toll Brothers, PBS and many more. Wendy loves keeping up with current design trends and is addicted to home improvement DIY reality shows. Follow her @WendyHelfenbaum.
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