Why will your roof-tiling business benefit from professional-grade equipment?

October 29, 2018
Loc8 Insights Why will your roof-tiling business benefit from professional-grade equipment

The field service industry is a highly competitive space; and if you’re someone who runs a roof-tiling business, you must be well aware of how important it is to keep profits high while also ensuring your customers get the best quality service they can afford. To this end, professional roofing equipment can help give you a significant edge over your competitors. You may be asking, won’t purchasing (or even renting) high-grade roofing equipment put a dent in your bottom line? While the simple answer may be “yes”, in the long term, investing in quality equipment will surely be the best decision you make for your roof-tiling business, and here are some reasons why.

Increased Levels of Productivity

Most professional roof tilers have a well-established roof-tiling process in place, most of which rely on traditional equipment to manage material and debris. However, the roof tilers now have access to newer roofing equipment (particularly roof-tiling trailers like the popular Equipter RB4000), which help collect and transport material and debris much more efficiently and safely. The learning curve for these machines isn’t as steep as you’d imagine: simply tow the unit to the job site and position it right next to the building. Once the trailer is positioned, you load the tools and materials into the container and raise it up to roof height. Similarly, debris from the job can be loaded into the raised container and driven to a nearby dumpster.

Such tasks would traditionally be carried out by teams of handymen lugging material and debris up and down ladders — a task that would normally take hours. By saving up all that time, your in-field techs can complete more jobs in less time, thus raising profits greatly.

Building the right team

Ask any tradie running a roof-tiling business what one of their biggest pain points is. Chances are, they’ll say hiring (as well as retaining) a workforce of skilled technicians. This whole process is extremely cost- and time-intensive, taking into consideration money spent on advertisements as well as time spent browsing applications and conducting interviews. Furthermore, whenever a new hire doesn’t work out, you’ll be out a few month’s wages which have already been paid out. In addition, when a valuable employee leaves your organisation, you have to consider the downtime and overtime costs induced by their immediate absence. In worst cases, bad hires can lower team morale, leading to reduced levels of productivity.

By using professional equipment, you have to rely less on beefing up your workforce and instead concentrate on hiring and retaining high-quality techs that are essential to your operations. Skilled roof tilers will also prefer working for a company that provides the latest and best equipment, which means you have access to a great pool of workers.

Reducing Injury Risk

Roof tiling is extremely strenuous work, and without the use of professional equipment, these companies run a huge risk of wearing down their employees. While some injuries are accidental and an unfortunate risk of the industry, some are caused by excessive strain and overworking. Whatever the cause, worker injuries are a major factor for reduced productivity and profits, as a result of downtime due to absenteeism. By investing in professional roofing equipment, your company can reduce the levels of physical stress endured by your workers, and in turn reduce the risk of worker injuries. Furthermore, by using equipment that specifically streamlines material handling and reduces the risk of career-ending injuries, you have better chances of retaining older, and therefore, more experienced technicians.

So if you’re someone who’s on the fence of investing in professional roofing equipment for your organisation, we believe these reasons should encourage you to take the leap and hopefully improve your company’s bottom line.

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