Technology has become an essential and important part of our everyday lives. It is revolutionising entire industries, from smart phones, computers, Alexa, and Siri, we rely heavily on the advances within technology. The roofing industry is one of many sectors that is having to adjust and adapt. Trends toward sustainable materials, increased safety measures and the process in which leads, and customers communicate is all evolving.
The job as a roofer has been made more efficient and safer with technology which can save customers and companies time and money. With a significant shortage of staff, alongside very high demand this has never been more important.
Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
CAD enables roofing companies to design; edit and share digital images of the project they are proposing. With this software you can create several designs and share them directly with the customer. This enables them to see straight away their ‘ideal’ finished project and perhaps choose you as their supplier, due to this visual aid. Any adjustments required from the customer can be made immediately, without the hassle of starting a drawing again. Additionally, roofing measurements can be included making the roof bespoke to the customers roof without stepping foot onto their existing one.
Drones have developed a lot through the years from being an expensive toy for children to developing into a useful piece of equipment across various industries. Shots that once required a helicopter to capture or expensive aerial photography, now involves someone standing on the round, directing a drone. Within the roofing industry what used to be someone on a ladder on top of a roof can now be someone safe on the ground. Falls within the construction industry are the leading cause of fatalities, therefore, the less time spent at a height the better. Drones allow contractors to stay safe whilst gaining information regarding the roof, dimensions, hazards, and any damages that need fixing.
There are various software solutions that can help you calculate the projected costs of the project you are undertaking. They can help guide you through the project and provide your customer with an accurate and fair quote. The software can analyse the data provided and stay within a budget to meet your customers needs and expectations.
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
Leads ensure your business increases over time. Investing in a good CRM system can really benefit your business and streamline your customer acquisition and retainment process. The system keeps all your lead data and current customers in one place, tracing your leads from inquiry to sale. This enables you to manage all your documentation in one place. Furthermore, with GDPR in place, a secure, cloud based data system can eliminate any data being lost or misused. There are also useful apps that act as a CRM system that can handle a variety of functions including estimates, budgeting, and schedules for your projects. All saving you, your business and customer time and money.
The Future Of Roofing
The roofing industry is one that prides itself on precision and craftsmanship and technology is only enhancing this. Providing accurate efficient services and communication, ensuring roofers are safe and boosting value for money.
Cardinal Steels can help you along with way providing you with the highest quality steel roofing sheets and roof cladding, for across the UK. With experience across a range of sectors including, commercial, residential, agricultural, and industrial we have a solution for you. From 1m up to 12m in length or custom made to you our roofing sheets can handle any job. Reach out to our friendly team today to answer all your questions and help you, help your customer and their individual needs.