As Coronavirus has spread throughout the world, without signs of slowing down yet, many people are having to question normal, everyday things, and how to handle each situation.
With restaurants, bars, churches, schools, concerts, and other large events all being shut down, cancelled, or postponed, how are the “uncloseable” businesses handling the spread of the virus? Specifically, in this case, how are roofing companies handling the situation?
We will start by saying that it is entirely the homeowners decision and responsibility as to what is best for them and their family in regards to maintaining their home during a health crisis such as Covid-19.
First Thing’s First.
Even in times of crisis, a homeowner should always make sure their roofing contractor/company is well reviewed and rated. There is no sense in getting a roof leak fixed only to have it reveal itself to be an issue again by the next rain.
Additionally, if your roofer’s reputation is checkered with reviews showing they aren’t always completely honest with their clients, then you can only trust their hygiene protocols to be followed to the extent of their proven character.
Hygiene Practices Roofers Should Be Using.
Now that you’ve ensured your roofer to be of reliable reputation and craftsmanship, you need to ensure they are not being careless or ignorant in regards to hygiene practices when coming to your residence.
What are good hygiene practices in regards to roofing contractors coming to your residence? While it would put a homeowner at ease to see their roofing contractors show up in a hazmat suit, you will most likely not be able to achieve this. Roofers are exterior workers, not interior workers.
Remember, hygiene practices are for your roofing contractors as much as they are for you. So, here are the basic hygiene practices you should expect to see.
Good Hygiene Practices:
- Hand sanitizer used upon arrival to your home, but before they knock on your door. Don’t accept that they used sanitizer before they started their last job.
- They shouldn’t be entering your home. In a time of health crisis like we are in, a roofer does not need to come in your home. You may have had a roofer come inside your home before, but in light of keeping everyone safe, this should be avoided until the crisis has passed.
- Limiting face to face communication. As humans we naturally talk face to face out of respect for people, but if your roofer needs to go over a few things, it is entirely acceptable to call you from your rooftop, or his vehicle, to limit the potential spread of the coronavirus.
- Additional personal space if face to face communication is needed. If your roofer knocks on your door to ask a few questions he needs answered, or needs you to see something first hand in regards to your roof (usually visible from your front or back yard), standing an extra few feet apart is strongly encouraged.
- No hand-shaking or physical contact of any kind. While it is a sign of greeting or respect to shake hands or pat someone on the shoulder in the U.S., it should be avoided whenever possible while the coronavirus is still running its course.
Your home is your home, and if you hire someone to come to it, it is your decision. However, we simply recommend being smart about that decision, and giving you and your family the best chance of getting through working with contractors safely.
We are not doctors or medically certified in any way. This blog is simply good information we believe should be considered at this time from a roofing standpoint, when making your decisions about maintaining your roof.
For Detailed Info About The Virus Itself.
For detailed info about the virus, we recommend doing your own research to find necessary info about it. We have provided a link below to a reliable source of info from Harvard Medical School. Again, please do your own research regarding the virus, and verify your sources reliability as well.