The corona-virus pandemic and the resulting social restrictions have closed some industries and changed the way others operate due to social distancing becoming the new norm. However, it’s safe to say that buildings still need to be maintained.
After all, roofs still need repairing, virus or no virus, and many homeowners can’t wait around while their roof leaks or lets in cold air. As a result, to best serve their customers, roofing contractors have of late, transitioned to digital or online technology to manage the upfront aspects of roof installation and repair.
So how can you safely conduct roof inspection in these times?
Nowadays, construction companies have adapted to the new restrictions by inspecting homeowners roofs remotely from our through the use of drones and satellite imagery.
Also, due to this sudden shift into a more digital verse methodology, most roofing companies have began conducting virtual appointments and completing all the paperwork required electronically.
However, to further facilitate the process and to help your roofer prepare an accurate estimate remotely, you can also share photos or video from inside and around your home.
Here are the areas they typically check:
- Attic – all visible and noticeable areas that are safely accessible
- Walls / Ceilings – cracks, damage or stains
- Ventilation – particularly in bathrooms
- 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.
How to safely prepare for a roof installation
Since work is mostly done outside your home and with roofing contractors adhering to the strict social distancing rules imposed by the governments, this means you don’t have to worry about running into any of the crew throughout the job as long as you stay in the house while the work is carried out.
There are certain steps you can take to ensure you can maintain a safe distance between you and the contractors who are busy fixing your roof.
For one, prior to the crew’s arrival, you can share a map of your property that include areas to be protected (e.g. gardens, AC units). You should also move cars and lawn furniture away from the perimeter of the house.
As well as take down wall art, pictures, mirrors, etc. and secure furniture and valuables. Also, discuss with the contractor on the phone which rooms exactly they will be examining and fixing so that you can restrict yourself and family members to a non-essential part/room(s) within the house, which would primarily be the lowest level of your home and let the roofing contractors attend to the problem at hand by themselves.
When the roofer is working on your roof, avoid any physical contact as they can alert you by phone once they are done and are leaving. Once they are gone, make sure to safely sanitize all involved spaces and surfaces, and use digital payments instead of cash or a check.
Reasons Why You Should Not Delay Roof Repairs
While it is crucial to prioritize your health amid the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s important to also recognize that your home should be in good shape, as well, to keep you healthy while you are inside your home. For example, non-stop exposure to moisture (such as with leaks) can make your home susceptible to mold growth.
It can also affect the air quality inside your home which in turn would have a serious impact on your health, especially if you have allergies or respiratory conditions like asthma. Needless to say, now more than ever, it is crucial to stay healthy and to protect yourself and your family from such risks. So fixing any serious damage to your roofs as soon as you can is advisable.