Will Roofing Contractors Remain Open for Business Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak?

In just a few months, the world that was once moving non-stop suddenly had to slow down. The pandemic suddenly forced everyone to adjust and make changes for the health and safety of their loved ones.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a newly identified type of respiratory disease with symptoms ranging from non or mild to severe illness. It’s an especially dangerous disease for older people whose immune defenses have declined with age as well as those with underlying health conditions.

The first case of COVID-19 can be traced back to Wuhan, China, in November of last year. Since then, the virus has spread rapidly to over 100 countries around the world. As of April, there are at least 700 000 total cases in the U.S and more than 2,000,000 across the globe with no signs of stopping any time soon.

With more cases getting confirmed by the day, COVID-19 has caused more than a health crisis. Many states have ordered all businesses deemed non-essential to close temporarily. Only companies and operations that are described as essential businesses and services shall continue to operate.

For the time being, it’s unclear if roofers fall into the essential category. However, many states do allow roofers to continue their operations. Property owners with a roofing emergency can rest assure that roofing contractors are still open for business.

Still, it’s essential to implement new processes that many roofers are implementing to ensure that you, your families, and the crew are all safe while continuing to help you with any necessary roof repairs and replacement during the coronavirus outbreak.

Physical Social Distancing

COVID-19 is an illness that spreads from person to person primarily through contact with an infected person when they sneeze or cough. For this reason, people must reduce close contact as much as possible.

The recent developments come with the implementation of social distancing. Social distancing requires people to stay at home to avoid crowded and public places wherein you’re likely to come in contact with others. However, people who need to leave the house need to maintain 6 feet away from another person.

Fortunately, the majority of the work is mostly done outside your home. You don’t have to worry about running into the crew throughout the job. It’s also already part of their mindset to keep a safe distance from each other while working on the roof for other safety reasons.

Paperless Transactions

We are fortunate to at least be in the age where the virtual and paperless mode of communication is available. Various methods of communication, such as phone, email, and FaceTime, can be utilized to perform full consultations. Any follow-up questions or concerns can also be communicated to the staff through the same method.

Additionally, all documents and transactions can be finalized with paperless documents. You can use electronic signatures and then return your contracts or paperwork digitally. This would lower physical contact during inspections, meetings with adjusters, and the actual roofing job itself.

Compliance with CDC Recommendations

The safety of employees and clients should never be at risk. Roofers will now adhere to the protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Any sick employee will be encouraged to stay at home. Before their shift, their temperatures will be measured, and symptoms assessed. If they become ill during the day, they will get sent home immediately.

Tools, work attire, personal protection equipment (PPE), and other equipment and gear that workers touch needs routine cleaning and disinfecting.

Don’t Wait Until After Quarantine to get your roof fixed

As the world adjusts to this uncharted territory, repairing your roof may seem like the least of your worries. While everyone must limit physical contact as much as possible, it’s just as vital to ensure that your home stays in peak condition.

Delaying to repair your roof can cause more damage in the long run. Basic roof leaks or failed flashing often turn into extensive mold remediation, insulation replacement, and even structural damage as owners tend to avoid addressing the small issues immediately.

At some point, the damage may be far beyond repair that replacing the roof will become a more sensible option. Still, most people can’t afford a major project like that in times of crisis.  Don’t let your roof become more damage so you and your family can have a safe and comfortable space to wait out this pandemic.

Fahey Roofing Contractors has the experienced and skilled contractors you need to help you with any necessary roof repairs and roof replacement. We serve various areas in West Virginia and Ohio. Visit our website today at www.faheyroofingcontractors.com or contracts us at (304) 826-1327 for West Virginia or (740) 523-0380 for Ohio to learn more.