Tips for Being the First Contractor to Provide a Roof Proposal

By Wendy Helfenbaum 09-17-2020
Tag Icon

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.

Contractors enrolled in GAF certification programs are not employees or agents of GAF, and GAF does not control or otherwise supervise these independent businesses. Contractors may receive benefits, such as loyalty rewards points and discounts on marketing tools from GAF for participating in the program and offering GAF enhanced warranties, which require the use of a minimum amount of GAF products.

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.
Don't miss another GAF RoofViews post!
Do you know the warning signs of poor ventilation in a house and attic? Proper ventilation is important in many ways and one of the first big things to know is that it can prolong the life of your roof system. It can also help lower your attic temperature and thereby reduce HVAC wear and tear, which may help lower utility bills and the likelihood of costly repairs. And last, but definitely not least, attic ventilation can help reduce the risk of mold, which can protect the health of your family. All-in-all, attic ventilation offers a long-term return on investment as well as potential preventative health benefits.
Michigan City has been home to a GAF manufacturing facility since 2000, supporting the community's residents through not only the nearly 200 jobs it provides but also countless hours of volunteering. The job creation and increased capacity for serving customers with the GAF Michigan City distribution center expansion is testimony to the company's dedication to building resilient communities.
Getting multiple professionals involved in a commercial roofing project offers a way to capture different perspectives—and to shine a light on some of the industry's hidden complexities—especially when it comes to challenging details like parapet walls.
Asphalt shingles are one of the most widely used roofing materials, providing an elegant yet effective look for homes while also being economical and easy to install. Here is what makes these shingles stand out from other roofing materials.
With an overall industry labor shortage, roofers are in high demand. Those contemplating a career in roofing should consider the training provided by the GAF Roofing Academy, where students can learn the skills and industrial knowledge they need to get started in the industry.
Commercial roof coatings can help extend the life and improve the aesthetics of low-slope roofs. A roof coating acts as the first line of defense against UV damage and water infiltration, and reflective roof coatings can help reduce the temperature of the roof.
This blog contains information created by a variety of sources, including internal and third party writers. The opinions and views expressed do not necessarily represent those of GAF. The content is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to constitute financial, accounting, tax or legal advice. GAF does not guarantee the accuracy, reliability, and completeness of the information. In no event shall GAF be held responsible or liable for errors or omissions in the content or for the results, damages or losses caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on the content.

Interested in sharing or republishing our content? We kindly ask you to adhere to our guidelines.