By Heidi J. Ellsworth, RCS Partner
In this 3-part series, Keep Working Safely & Remotely, we share how Beacon PRO+ offers a unique digital platform that can help U.S.-based roofing contractors keep their teams working remotely and safely during the COVID-19 crisis. PRO+ connects roofing contractors with their local Beacon branches 24/7 from anywhere. It enables roofing teams to order all their building material and supplies online, which is more important now than ever. During this time of national crisis more roofing back offices are working remotely or on the front line as part of our essential workforce. With technology, all employees can effectively manage jobs and accounts safely, while keeping the business of roofing, running efficiently.
No matter what is happening, roofing materials still need to be ordered for ongoing and new projects and contractors are discovering that it can all be done online with PRO+. Offering a 24/7 online ordering system, Beacon allows project managers or any approved employees to place orders online from the job site, at the office and even more important than ever, from home. No matter the device, the system allows roofing professionals to get online at any time to order Beacon products.
But we also need to keep sales moving and PRO+ offers a technology component for that with Beacon 3D+. Excellent for all types of roofing contractors, 3D+ helps build custom estimates on the job site with a 3D photo measurement tool. There is no need to enter the home when sales can be performed digitally by quickly generating measurements for roofing, siding, soffits and trim at the job site outside the home. It allows sales teams to work safely and remotely.
Beacon 3D+ transforms mobile photos of any home into a fully measured, customizable 3D model giving homeowners a better experience from the moment an estimate is requested. Easy for sales teams to utilize, simply download the app from the App Store or Google Play. The app will guide salespeople on how photos should be taken at specific angles of the property with just eight photographs needed to prepare the 3D model. Within approximately 30 minutes of submitting the photos, an email or mobile notification with measurements will be sent back to salespeople smart phones which help to build estimates that can be shard digitally with the homeowner.
Sales teams can also help customers during this time of economic stress by using the PRO+ home financing. Over 70% of all home improvement projects are financed and it is projected that the percentage will only increase. In fact, about 75% of homeowners surveyed say they would be more likely to use a contractor that offered the option of home financing versus those that did not.
Beacon is committed to helping contractors offer financing services when homeowners need it most. Financing allows roofing contractors to offer flexible, robust solutions for their customers including easier closings with expanded financing offerings, progressive payment programs that aid with cash flow, and numerous financial products designed to meet a range of homeowner needs. Contractors can take advantage of paperless processing for more efficient approvals utilizing a mobile app for credit decisions within seconds.
By using Beacon’s homeowner financing, roofing sales teams can assist their homeowner customers to obtain financing for long-term projects without facing any unexpected fees or rates. It helps homeowners to continue getting the roofing services they need during this time of sheltering In, while roofing companies can continue to provide the essential work of protecting the nations homes and families.