Roofers are some of the most important members of the construction and building products industries, and their field looks like it will continue to grow over the coming years, as employment of roofers is expected to increase by 11%. As this segment of the construction and building products industries keeps strengthening and evolving, those who are a part of it, both young and old, are embracing new technological tools to assist them with their work.
These booming technology trends have become something that those in the construction and building products industries can no longer ignore. In fact, people need to be paying more attention to them in 2018 and in the years to come.
So which of these trends are the ones people should be keeping their eyes are? Read on to learn more about the three most important technology trends in roofing today.
Use of Drones
When most people hear the word “drones,” they immediately think of military air strikes. However, drones have actually become helpful tools in other major industries, such as real estate, agriculture, and insurance, over the years.
Recently, drones have proven to be just as useful for roofing companies as they have been for other businesses. The 4K cameras that are found on many drones capture clear, precise, and detailed images. These photos help roofing teams discover problem areas on customers’ roofs without having a worker climb up to inspect it and risk injury. They also make the job itself more efficient because the roofing crew is now already aware of the specific spots of the roof that need to be examined and fixed.
Additionally, these images are great assets when trying to explain these roofing issues to customers. By being able to actually view the pictures from the drone’s camera, clients can better visualize their roof’s problems and have a greater understanding of the roofers’ plan for repairs.
New Safety Advancements
Drone usage is helping to keep roofers out of harm’s way. However, there are even more direct ways that technology is keeping workers safe.
Some companies have begun to add sensors to workers’ safety vests to prevent them from overheating. These sensors gauge workers’ health by monitoring their body temperatures and heart rates.
Other businesses are incorporating GPS technology into their safety equipment. By doing this, they are able to inform crew members when they are entering or are in the proximity of a potentially hazardous area.
One future advancements that those in the industry are hoping will soon become a reality is airbags inserted into the necks of safety vests. These airbags would deploy when their sensor recognizes any type of unexpected, vertical fall.
It’s crucial for roofers to give their customers accurate and fair quotes before they officially start a project. Thankfully, another helpful technological tool, estimation software, has made that easier and more efficient.
Estimation software programs do the math for you and provide you with a quote in no time. You can run most of these programs conveniently on your smartphone or tablet, meaning that an estimate can even be provided to a client on-site if need be.
Free, beginner estimation tools include 150 Points and Roofcalc. If you decide you want software that gives you more specific, detailed quotes, check out programs like AppliCad, The Estimating Edge, RoofSnap, and Roofing Calculator App.
If you are in the roofing industry, it’s vital to be aware of the major role technology currently plays in the field.
Be sure to keep these technology trends in mind throughout the rest of 2018 and into the future.
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