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8 Oct 2020

How to Repair Hail Damage

By |2020-10-08T02:44:31-05:00October 8th, 2020|Gutters, Repair, Roofing|0 Comments

Dealing with hail damage is stressful for homeowners and in such a situation, a roofing contractor who can act quickly and knows how to repair hail damage efficiently often wins not just the job but also the homeowner’s trust.

 

Check out some tips for roofing contractors on how to professionally and successfully handle hailstorm restoration work.

 

How to Repair Hail Damage: 4 Tips for Roofing Contractors

1. Partner with a reliable roofing materials supplier

It’s always wise to assume that there’s someone out there looking to outperform you, especially in the roofing business. After a storm, several roofing companies would expectedly extend their services, and it’s often the fastest contractor who gets the job. Remember that people need a warm, comfortable home, so they’re likely to choose someone who can repair their roof in the shortest possible time.

Now, if you’re a contractor, you’d probably want a supplier who can act as fast as you do and provide you with the roofing materials you need in short notice. It won’t do you any good to be in the scene and ready to do the job, only to find out that you’re running out of sheet metal and the next delivery is a week away. 

 

So, partnering with a roofing company you can count on is a good idea. Lakefront Supply has a great inventory of roofing and building supplies in stock and available for on-site delivery in Chicago.

 

2. Talk to homeowners

In the aftermath of a storm, understand that homeowners would need time to mentally process the damage to their homes and that they may not be aware of how to go about restoration. 

 

Help them by reaching out to them. Consider going around the neighborhood wearing professional attire that represents your business and talking to homeowners. You can offer to take care of immediate roofing needs, like covering damaged areas with plywood or tarps. This goes a long way in establishing trust which can benefit your business later on.

 

3. Train your team

This one goes without saying. The team you send out to do the job should actually be capable of doing the job. They must know what to look for to properly assess damages, and how to thoroughly inspect not just the roof but also the gutters, sidings, windows, and other parts of the house that got hit by the hailstorm. Ultimately, they must also know how to repair such damages and provide homeowners with reliable cost estimates.

 

4. Offer valuable insights about insurance

Most homeowners probably never had to deal with hail damage before, so they’ll likely ask questions on how they can use their insurance to pay for the repairs. Some would even wonder whether it’s better to save their insurance money for later rather than use it for home restoration now.

 

It’ll be great if you can answer their questions, talk to them about how insurance funds work, and provide them with talking points that they can bring up with their insurance providers. Offering to double-check the adjuster’s claim also doesn’t hurt.

For hailstorm restoration work and other roofing needs, call or send us a message here at Lakefront Supply. Our wide range of quality roofing and siding materials is available for on-site delivery anywhere within 100 miles of Chicago and we can also connect you with professional contractors you can trust with your roofing concerns.

8 Oct 2020

How To Estimate A Roofing Job

By |2020-10-08T02:37:13-05:00October 8th, 2020|Roofing|0 Comments

Knowing how to estimate a roofing job goes a long way when bidding projects and making profits in the roofing industry. If you don’t know what goes into an estimate or bid, chances are you end up undervaluing your services and finishing a job without making significant profits.

Thanks to technology, estimating a roofing job nowadays isn’t as difficult as it used to be. It can even be done now without having to be onsite and physically measuring the roof with a good, old measuring tools.

 

Here are some tips on how to properly price a roofing job even when you’re miles away from the project.

 

How to Estimate a Roofing Job: 3 Tips for a Winning Bid

 

1. Use digital tools

Gone are the days when roofing companies have to be onsite just to get some estimates for the project. Technology has taken good care of that and there are now tons of amazing tools that can get the job done for you quickly and accurately, even from afar. 

 

Since these tools can accomplish virtual measurements of a roof and give you estimates of the labor and material costs, they effectively save you precious time and reduce your exposure to health risks. Here are some tools worth checking out:

 

  • Hover – creates a 3D model out of photos snapped through the app
  • EagleView – provides an aerial view of the house and calculates estimates for roofing and siding jobs depending on your high-end and low-end estimates
  • iRoofing – an all-in-one software integrating top measurement platforms to generate estimates, create visuals, make digital contracts, and provide financing options
  • Roofscope – a tool that employs aerial technology to measure and estimate not only roofing jobs, but also gutters, sidings, and more

 

2. Check all estimated costs

In one of his articles for Roofing Contractor, Monroe Porter notes that “90% of roofers underbid the job” and thus undercut their profits. How does this happen? Most roofers underestimate their overhead costs, pricing the job by the number of squares instead of by the time it takes to complete it. Some roofers also rely on templated roof estimates which can sometimes miss essential costs that could mean the difference between making a profit and breaking even.

 

To avoid underbidding and to ensure you get good profits from a job well done, take the time to review the cost estimates yielded by your tools or templates. Check the following:

 

  • Accurate roof measurements
  • Material cost
  • Labor cost
  • Overhead cost
  • Mark-up for your target profit

 

3. Add some visuals.

It’s a little difficult for homeowners to greenlight a project they don’t see. Hence, when you’re estimating a roofing job, consider creating virtual mock-ups of what their home would look like when a particular roofing style is used or when different windows, doors, or siding styles are added.

Adding some visuals allows potential clients to get a good idea of what you’re proposing in your bid. This is crucial because when clients don’t understand the value you bring or what exactly you’re charging them for, they tend to haggle the bid down or go to another roofing company. Use visuals to show them that your bid is reasonable and the work you’d do offers the best value for their money.

Feel free to reach out to us for professional roofing services in Chicago. Lakefront Supply offers a wide range of quality roofing supplies and expert services that you can count on even during a pandemic.

24 Sep 2020

What You Need to Know About Windows and Roofing

By |2020-09-24T02:19:19-05:00September 24th, 2020|Roofing|0 Comments

Storm protection is an essential part of any house or building design and neglecting it can have disastrous consequences when storms and hails start rolling in. A house’s roof and windows take the brunt during storm season, so if you’re a contractor or a homeowner, what you need to know about windows and roofing is that the materials you choose for these two parts help determine whether your home can weather a storm or not.

Because of the severity of damages that storms can wreak on homes, insurance companies are now driving the need for storm protection. Many insurance providers offer incentives and discounts to business owners and homeowners who take steps to protect their properties against storm damage.

 

In turn, contractors are often pressed with demands for reliable storm protection products. Here are two trends in storm protection that can help you prepare for the storm season.

What You Need to Know About Windows and Roofing: 2 Trends to Remember

 

Tinted or Coated Impact-Resistant Windows

Impact-resistant windows are a given when it comes to storm protection, especially in states that get more storms than others. However, homeowners are also now looking into tinted or coated windows. Why? For cooling purposes.

Aside from protecting against storm damage, coated impact-resistant windows also help cool a home by blocking heat. Such windows allow light to pass through but prevent external heat from also entering the house. This is quite useful for those areas that get not just storms but scorching hot summers too.

Tinted windows, meanwhile, absorb heat instead of blocking it, but the amount of heat that can be absorbed largely depends on the tint color. Bronze and gray-tinted glasses are the most capable of absorbing heat, but they allow little light to pass through. Blue and green windows let more light in, but they absorb less heat.

When choosing window materials, keep in mind that most windows should last a minimum of 15 years. Also, if you’re living in an area vulnerable to storms, consider using aluminum window frames. Such frames are highly durable and weather resistant.

SBS Shingles and Class 4 Roofing Materials

Unlike traditional shingles made from plain asphalt, SBS shingles are produced from asphalt with a rubberized polymer. As a result, SBS shingles are stronger and more durable, with better resistance to rain and increased impact protection from debris and hail.

The roofing industry has also started adopting impact resistance ratings. It isn’t enough anymore for roofing supplies to just be labeled “storm resistant” because more and more contractors and homeowners are now looking for products marked as Class 4, the highest rating for impact resistance. 

Metal roofing is also getting some attention. Homeowners who are worried about hail damage turn to metal roofing as it’s extra tough and highly resistant to damage caused by debris or hail impact.

 

Be it for storm-resistant windows or durable roofing solutions, Lakefront Supply can be your partner in protecting your home or business. Check out our blog for more tips or visit our website for a wide selection of roofing, siding, and window supplies. We also offer on-site deliveries up to 100 miles outside of Chicago, so if you need your order delivered, let our team know and we’ll arrange it for you.

24 Sep 2020

Gutter Trends for Contractors

By |2020-09-24T02:06:27-05:00September 24th, 2020|Gutters|0 Comments

Gutter trends for contractors always change but lately, they all seem to be bringing really good news to the industry. A market study done by the Freedonia Groups expects the gutter and downspout industry to grow to $6 billion by 2022. 

This positive movement is thanks to the expanded gutter product offerings, increased availability of gutter maintenance accessories, and the rising number of new construction and re-roofing projects.

 

4 Latest Gutter Trends for Contractors to Consider

Here are some of the latest trends that are worth looking into for gutter contractors.

 

1. Increasing Prices

The steadily rising overhead and price competition is something that has always challenged the guttering industry, making it difficult for contractors to come up with a price attractive enough to win a bid and also yield good profit. Aside from that, material costs are also rising due to new tariffs on aluminum and steel, pressuring contractors even more to offer competitive pricing.

There’s a silver lining though—downspouts and gutters are generally included in bigger roofing projects, so these increasing costs won’t likely have a negative effect on project demand. They do, however, affect the choices contractors have to make when picking the type of downspout and gutter for a project.

2. Aluminum

Historically speaking, steel has always been the number 1 choice for gutters, but it seems like aluminum is coming to take over the top spot. Lakefront Supply, and other Chicago roofing companies, have noticed that orders for aluminum gutter products have increased recently, with cost seen as the main trigger. 

Aside from being relatively cheaper, aluminum is also easy to install, lightweight, and available in different colors—all the more reason for roofing and gutter contractors to switch from steel to aluminum.

This doesn’t mean though that steel is going away. Although more expensive, many still go for steel gutters for their warranty and durability, and contractors working on upmarket jobs often select copper for its high-class appearance. As a result, steel, copper, and vinyl will still own a huge chunk of the market by 2022.

 

3. Accessories

Compared to roofing or siding contractors, gutter contractors handle a much smaller scale and scope of work. To add more value and earn better profits, many gutter contractors offer additional products. 

Accessories such as gutter guards and screens make easy add-on products. This is because most homeowners aren’t really into gutter cleaning and maintenance, so any item that can help them cut down on that is sure to be welcome.

4. Value-Added Services from Suppliers

Roofing suppliers are always looking for ways to help contractors keep up with today’s fast-paced gutter market. This means providing value-added services that can help make a contractor’s job easier, such as product customization options, training opportunities, and recycling services.

Lakefront Supply, for example, offers onsite delivery which saves contractors time and effort as they don’t need to pick up their orders themselves. They can just go straight to where the job is and expect their ordered supplies to be delivered there when they expect it.

 

Check out our website for all your gutter and roofing needs. Lakefront Supply offers high-quality gutter, roofing, and siding materials to Chicago, IL and our professional team can help you with pickup and delivery arrangements, as well as with any concern regarding your purchase.