Roofing and Social Distancing

Find out how roofing contractors are able to meet your repair and replacement needs while respecting social distancing guidelines.


GAF factory-certified contractors* have a variety of digital tools that allow them to manage your project - from estimate to installation - without ever needing to enter your home. Before starting, check your state and local government websites to be sure that there are no restrictions on roofing that may impact your project.




Everything can be done remotely

All key decisions can be made virtually using digital tools, including choosing a shingle, signing a contract and making payment.

initial consultation
Whether you're connecting through phone or video, be sure to ask the right questions to choose a roofer who supports social distancing guidelines.
measurement and inspection
Most roofers use digital tools (e.g. satellite images, drones) for roof measurements and inspection.
shingle selection
Your roofer can drop off samples, or you view our shingle selection online.
proposal and payment
Proposals and contracts can be reviewed and signed virtually, or even mailed and returned.
installation
In most cases, a new roof can be completed in 1-2 days without a roofing crew entering your home. Your family can also remain inside during installation.


Options for managing costs

Roofing can be expensive, but there are a number of ways to manage costs and stick to your budget.

Financing Options

  • Contractor Financing
  • Insurance Coverage
  • FHA Title I Home & Property Improvement Loan
  • Home Equity Loan
  • Personal Loan


 

Project Scope

Work with your contractor to understand the variables impacting your cost estimate - such as issues being addressed, and product and warranty choices - and align on a plan (e.g. repair now, replace later) to protect your home and family, and stay within budget.


Make the most of your phone consultation

Whether you are connecting over the phone or meeting “face to face” with video chat, be sure to ask the following questions to determine which roofer is right for your project.

  1. Where are you located? Choosing someone from your community improves their ability to quickly address issues that may arise during or post installation
  2. How long have you been in business? Choosing an established company can help ensure upfront quality and back-end support
  3. Are you certified by manufacturers? GAF annually verifies contractor licenses (where required), insurance and years in business before granting the factory-certified designation. As a matter of fact, only 2% of roofers in the U.S. qualify to be recognized as GAF Master Elite Contractors
  4. Can you provide references? You can request references and addresses of recently completed projects, to see their work. It’s also a good idea to check reviews online (Google, Better Business Bureau, etc.)
  5. Are you properly licensed and insured? GAF requires factory-certified roofers to carry at least $1M in liability insurance, workman’s compensation and state licensing where required
  6. How are you adjusting to social distancing guidelines? Ask about their end to end process and how they will deliver an accurate estimate and high-quality installation without entering your home

 

How to do a roof inspection

To help your roofer prepare an accurate estimate, you can share photos or video from inside and around your home. Here are the areas they typically check:

Tip: Use flash and zoom for higher quality images

Inside:

  • Attic - all visible areas that are safely accessible
  • Walls / Ceilings - cracks, damage or stains
  • Ventilation - particularly in bathrooms

Outside:

  • Roof - from the ground, noting any penetrations, venting
  • Gutters - any warping, separation
  • Soffits - stains, vents
  • Chimney - and any other masonry
  • Property - each side of the house and surrounding area, including siding/façade, walkways, driveways, patios/porches, decks, yard, heating and air conditioning units, landscaping or fixtures near the home

 

 

A leak in the attic.
Stains on interior ceilings and walls - mold or mildew growth.
Blistering or peeling interior or exterior paint.
Exterior decay in sheathing and/or siding.
Missing, cracked, or curled shingles.
Dark, “dirty-looking” areas on your roof.


Preparing for installation

You and your family can remain safely inside your home while your contractor handles installation and repair procedures outside. You can expect a lot of noise and vibration, so please follow these steps to protect your home and belongings:

Before:

  • Share a map of your property that include areas to be protected (e.g. gardens, AC units)
  • Move cars and lawn furniture away from the perimeter of the house
  • Take down wall art, pictures, mirrors, etc. and secure furniture and valuables


During:

  • Wear ear plugs or use sound machines
  • Move to the lowest level of your home
  • Reassure pets and children

  

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If you need to repair or replace your roof this spring, you might be wondering what to do now that people are being told to stay at home. In many cases, it's still possible to get necessary roof repairs and replacements done, while respecting social distancing guidelines. Before starting any roofing project, check your state and local government websites to be sure that there are no restrictions on roofing that may impact your project.

Connect with a GAF factory-certified roofer today

GAF factory-certified roofers* are licensed and insured, and have a track record for delivering high quality roofing services in their communities. They are trained on the latest technology and have access to a variety of digital tools to support your project.

 

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*Contractors enrolled in GAF certification programs are not employees or agents of GAF, and GAF can 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.

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