Winter tends to be the slowest part of the year for roofers. The weather gets bad and makes it increasingly dangerous to work on roofs. Plus, it’s the holiday season and people get time off work and travel a lot. Consequently, it can be difficult to find regular roofing work for a few months.
If you own a roofing company or work as a roofer, then your winters are probably extremely slow and boring. However, there are many productive things you can do to pass the time when the work isn’t coming in. Check out the advice in this guide to find out what a roofer should do now that winter has arrived:
When you’re left with lots of time on your hands, it makes sense to be as productive as possible. Training is a great thing to consider as it helps your business during the slow season. There are two ways you can undertake training this winter. Firstly, you can look for individual training and hone your skills. Read informative guides that teach you new ways to carry out your job. It doesn’t matter what role you play in your roofing company, you can always learn new skills and improve your performance.
The second way you can implement training is by training your company. If you own a roofing business, winter is the perfect time to undergo group training. Get everyone together in your premises and enjoy a bit of team bonding. Work on ensuring everyone is getting along and working efficiently in groups. What you should do is look at your company and assess where you feel your weakest points are. It could be that you’re not carrying out work as quickly as your rivals are. In which case, you can get your core roofing team together and train them into working quicker without dropping their quality level. Or, you might see that things get processed and dealt with slowly in the office. In which case, train your admin staff to improve their performance and get better at using software and working to strict schedules.
Regardless of how you use training, it’s an effective way to pass the time and improve your roofing company on the whole.
Clean Your Premises
It’s likely that you don’t have much time to clean your premises throughout the year. So, when winter comes along, it’s the perfect excuse to start cleaning. Clear out any junk and old tools/equipment that you don’t use anymore. Check all the tools you currently use and ensure they’re in good working order. If you find things that are damaged, you can figure out if they need repairing or replacing. By doing this, you end up with a complete selection of working equipment that’s ready to be used whenever a job comes calling.
You can also take the time to review your stock levels and see if you need to order any materials to help with roofing jobs. Check the vehicles you use and see if they need the oil changed or tires refitting, etc. There’s so much you can do around your premises to get everything sorted out and ready to hit the ground running when the busy season starts again.
Expand Your Business
Some roofing companies take the slow winter months as a chance to expand and move into a larger space. You have plenty of time on your hands to move from your old premises to your new one and get everything set up and ready.
You may also consider other lines of business that you could expand into during the winter months. Similar to how a lot of savvy lawn service companies transition to snow removal during the winter, roofers can look at expanding into other home repair or maintenance services.
By doing this in the slow season, you ensure that you’re comfortable in your new location when the busy time hits. As such, you don’t end up with the burden of taking on lots of roofing work while also trying to move an entire company to a new location.
Prep Financial Records For Tax Season
Preparing your financial records for tax season is another highly productive thing you can do in winter. This includes doing all the painstaking tasks like collecting on past due open accounts, preparing itemized deductions and figuring out ways to reduce your taxable income.
Winter is the ideal time to deal with these tough financial tasks and get your tax return ready to be sent off during tax season. This way, you can take your time to look through everything properly and not rush it because you’re managing a large roofing workload too.
Of course, there’s every chance you’ll end up with some roofing jobs during the winter. However, you will definitely have a lot of spare time on your hands. When you’re not working, make sure you consider any of these ideas to keep yourself busy during the slow season.
About the Author
Tim Sistrunk writes for Newman Roofing, a Columbus roofing contractor serving the residential roof repair and replacement needs of Central Ohio homeowners and real estate professionals since 1992. Tim also writes for Magnus Construction, another Central, Ohio roofing contractor specializing in commercial roofing solutions for over 10 years.