Having a Productive Project Plan

Written by Tim Simpson, Quality Assurance and Quality Control Manager, Maintenance Coatings Inspector


Every roofing project is different, involving multiple steps that translate into days on the job.

Access and Egress to and from the roof will dictate where you start and end each shift to complete your daily tasks while still allowing crews to get on and off the roof. Planning this will also affect your ability to seamlessly spray out your roof’s intermediate and topcoats without leaving unfinished patches of areas as rooftop escape routes. A sprayperson should be able to actually back down and out to the roof exit point with the spray line tender removing the excess line from the roof while the sprayperson sprays the last areas before climbing down the ladder for the day.

By taking a few minutes to sketch out a roof plan or highlight a Google Earth Roof Closeup to show the best methods of working through each work process on the roof, you establish items you have already considered when inspecting and bidding the job in the minds of the crew. Showing the crew that the project has been carefully planned out will invite confidence in the job and compliance to the process. 

In the process of mobilization and bringing in the Foreman or Supervisor, it is best to interact with them while preparing the workflow plan to obtain proper buy-in from the person who will be on the job managing production. Doing this makes it “their project” as well. And remember: trust, but verify as the project progresses.

Share your project plan with your client. You will take their worry level down a notch or two by demonstrating how much planning and care has gone into a successful and worry-free project. In the process, clarify what expectations you have involving things the owner will be providing to facilitate the progress of your work.


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