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What do you do to keep your crews busy in bad weather?

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October 10, 2011 at 4:09 pm


Sometimes it's hard to send your best guys home without their days pay. Do you use rainy days to do training or maintenance?

October 11, 2011 at 1:17 pm


I normaly will do some in house training. This includes watching videos and some hands on as well.

October 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm


We're general contractors as well, so if we have inside work....Also, for those capable; Vehicle & equipment maintenance.....Technical training, as well.

October 13, 2011 at 6:44 am


Today is just one of those days. 1st rain all month. I do not worry about keeping them busy. In this trade you have to get used to missing days due to bad weather, it's just part of the deal. I will usually keep my foreman busy doing emergency repairs or working around the shop but I could not afford to pay the others.

October 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Tin Man

We make our own roof metals. Roof edgings, Eave boxes, pipe collars, ridge caps, valleys, ect.,ect.. Most times they would just rather have the day off. It seems the young people of today are not interested in working every day. That's why the economy is the way it is today. Mom & Dad, Wife or Girlfriend, or Grand mom will help them. They don't want to help themselves. Obama money is good.

October 27, 2011 at 3:09 pm


We also do interior work as well as roofing and siding. It’s always nice to have some interior to do but you cant always schedule your interior jobs around the weather. As far as the question, like GKRFG said “In this trade you have to get used to missing days due to bad weather, it's just part of the deal.” However I do not agree with Tin Man’s comment, “It seems the young people of today are not interested in working every day.” My son is 27, raised in the business as I was. Along with him I also am blessed to have several other employees around his same age. These guys may be an exception but they are ready to go Every Morning. I don’t feel too bad about it if I have to send them home for a day or two here and there because I pay them very well!

November 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm

construct101 materials and supplies, checking inventory and cleaning up shop are always good rainy day activities for the crew.

November 2, 2011 at 7:25 pm


Eric, I looked at the links that you posted with your response and I copied and pasted some of it below because I could make little sense of it and thought that you should know how bad it reads. If you are one of the businesses on the list below this excerpt I would talk to whoever is in charge of that page and have them rewrite it when they are sober.:lol:

"About Roofing in Mobile, Alabama

Mobile, AL has so many reputable roof repair contractors but that doesn't mean that Mobile, AL do not have any scammers. As a matter of fact, you can call them a roof repair contractors do to the shady nature of their work. Scammers usually target the elderly but that doesn't mean that you are immune. To stay away from such scams, you need to verify the credibility of a roof repair contractor before hiring him. There are different types of scams going on and some of them are really disappointing.

A roofing fix company in Mobile, AL rip-off case in point is usually traveling to custom made prior to boisterous or maybe the storm time. The next step is of the season most homeowners are frightened concerning the honesty in their roof top, therefore it's easy to snare them. They'll have a free of charge test of the roof structure, stories issues about this. But when that they can't rip-off at all, they should build bothered themselves! They come down along with provided which you very eye-catching amount to the ceiling mend job. After you get the move forward, they may be removed for a long time rather than come back.

Given that these kinds of scammers usually run during Mobile, AL, it's important to verify the actual credentials of the top fix builder you are choosing. The top specialist must have a logical licenses and even more importantly, they need to present an business office having a functioning contact number. Make sure that the roof restoration service provider you're employing is well traceable otherwise you are generally risking your hard earned money. Roofing restoration pros usually are not very difficult to be found nonetheless be mindful and turn clear of hoaxes."


November 28, 2011 at 7:45 am


Agreed Gerry.

B) :) :) B)

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December 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm


Rain days are also a great time for marketing and following-up with past customers.

I used to always generate new business on rain days. Some areas I would focus on were:

-Calling past re-roof customers to make sure there were no leaks (amazing how many times there is a problem but people fail to report it).

-Calling past repair customers to see now the repair is holding up.

-Calling 'open quotes' to see if any emergency repairs are needed.

-Good, old fashioned, cold calling!

December 20, 2011 at 7:57 pm


Clean the shop, fix tools, training (safety, new product, etc) Snow Plow, Work on vhicles, Inside work if we can get it.

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