Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) issued an alert to its members regarding the roofing industry's severe labor shortage. The NRCA estimated that about 40,000 roofing-related jobs were available due to surging demand, but there weren't enough tradespeople to fill them.
Contractors might skip using pre-perforated starter strip shingles for a variety of reasons. Hand-cutting traditional 3-tab shingles may seem cheaper, quicker, or easier. In reality, using pre-perforated starter strips helps save roofing contractors time and effort.
The pandemic has introduced or exacerbated challenges for most businesses, including those in the roofing industry. Many contractors have felt pressure to come up with new ways to track roof leads, meet with clients, and sell their services.
Just 15 years ago, there was only one way get a roof measurement—climb a ladder and run a tape measure. Now, with high-resolution aerial imagery and other new technology, contractors have multiple options for securing measurements. Here is a look at the pros and cons of each method.