Roofing job photos are an essential part of a contractor’s job at all stages of a project. Photos help document pre-existing conditions, assess the scope of work, and showcase the job’s progress.
With different people on the job taking photos at various stages, it can be hard to manage and organize images. But with the right tools, you can create an efficient photo management and documentation process for you and your team. Here are 3 tips from AccuLynx on how to use your photos more effectively:
Include photos in your estimates
At the start of a project, even before crews are assigned, a sales team member might go to the site to assess the scope of work and start building out the job estimate. During this process, photos are a great resource to provide a visual representation of the roofing job.
By including roofing job photos your team takes while on-site in an estimate, you can provide your customers with a clear idea of the scope of the work. Most homeowners aren’t going to go up on a roof to look at the damage themselves. These photos can help your customers see the extent of the damage.
Have whoever you send out to the site take pictures of anything and everything. Pictures of the roof, sides of the property, and even the driveway document all pre-existing issues. The more photos you take, the better. These can help provide a clear image of the job and demonstrate why the homeowner should hire your company.
Annotate and tag your photos
Editing and annotating your roofing job photos ensures that the images you take are interpreted correctly. You and your team can point out the exact area on the roof that needs attention. Types of annotation could be drawing a circle around an area of damage or including information, such as the pitch and slope numbers, on the image of a roof.
Tagging photos provides a way to organize different images better and helps team members know exactly what they are looking at. You can tag individual photos and videos or use the same tag in multiple photos. These tags are searchable and provide a better way to keep your albums organized. You can tag photos to show when a photo was taken, like Before or After. Or, you could label them directionally to provide more context of what the viewer is looking at.
Create Albums for different groups of viewers
As your teams take photos, you may notice that some roofing job photos are more useful for certain team members, customers or vendors, while others are more geared towards a different group. You can better organize your photos and ensure you share the correct information with the right group by creating albums.
Albums provide a centralized location for your photos and provide a way to share specific photos with the right people both on your team and outside it. You could create an album for your insurance adjuster that houses images that document the storm damage, a separate album for your crews to add progress photos, or even an album to hold specific photos you would like to share with homeowners.
Organize your roofing job photos with AccuLynx
AccuLynx provides an efficient way to store and organize all your images in one place without having to use a second software. Your team can quickly upload all images into the specific job file for the relevant homeowner. These are accessible to anyone who has permission to view the images. Tags and annotations help AccuLynx users provide information about what an image is showing so that nothing slips through the cracks and no critical information gets lost.
Learn more about AccuLynx’s photo capabilities and how AccuLynx can help your business grow in a custom demo.