After the perfect storm

When disaster strikes, timely information is crucial

For homeowners, there is no such thing as the "perfect" storm. But for roofing contractors, swiftly restoring habitats and inhabitants' lives following severe storms requires the perfect response. Recent advances in electronic records management (ERM) technology have made it possible for roofing contractors to mobilize quickly after a storm occurs to help those affected, which leads to business growth.

This is especially true for NRCA member Aspen Contracting Inc., Lees Summit, Mo., a residential reroofing contracting company based in the heart of "tornado alley." Using advanced ERM software, the company manages more than 10,000 roofing projects per year. Following are a few things the company has implemented to make its operations more efficient. Using these techniques could help your company streamline operations, further expanding your roofing contracting business.

Storms are the norm

In the U.S., tornadoes are more frequent than in any other country, totaling more than 1,200 annually—four times the amount seen in Europe, according to Horizon, a European research and innovation magazine. Along the Atlantic coast, the hurricane season delivers an annual average of 11 tropical cyclones, a handful of which reach hurricane status, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Hurricane Research Division.