What To Do When You Can’t Get a Roof Delivery

What To Do When You Can’t Get a Roof Delivery

One of the most common ways roofers get materials on the roof is by roof delivery from their suppliers via boom trucks or conveyors.

As we get into the dog days of summer and storm season, the demand for roof deliveries is going to continue to grow. Your supplier partners have a lot of customers; what do you do when demand exceeds capacity of their delivery schedule? You shouldn’t allow someone else's schedule to dictate your schedule.

Roofers are tough, and while some workers CAN haul shingles to the roof manually, doing so results in violated OSHA regulations or worse–actual injury and potential litigation. The easiest way to avoid this scenario is to have an alternative option, a material hoist. Here’s why:

Easy to Transport and Set Up

Owning a gas or electric powered material hoist often comes in handy–especially during busy season and on weekends. You can easily store your material hoist in the back of your truck. This makes moving it from job site to job site incredibly easy. Setup takes about 15 minutes or less and once it’s fully assembled, all you need to do is remove the motor from the base and you can keep everything else intact so next time you use it,  setup will take you just five minutes. 

Gas and Electric Options

Whether you work at a job site with no power or you’d prefer to have an eco-friendly option, both gas and electric options are available on the market.  Both are great options for getting all your shingles, tools, and other materials up to the roof. Electric hoists provide a little bit more versatility and are also much quieter than gas models, allowing for use at all times of day. 

There are even battery-operated material hoist rigs available on the market which come in handy if you’re working on a project where electricity isn’t available.

Protect Customer’s Property

Roof deliveries, if done correctly, will not damage the customer’s roof. However, mistakes happen on any jobsite. If there is an issue and it’s not done correctly, the roof, yard, driveway or even landscape can be damaged. Safety Hoist has designed their laddervators to allow contractors to avoid this situation altogether. Their unique design allows your team to spread all the weight around the roof since these patented hoists are easy to move. Safety Hoist also developed the only hoist standoff on the market, allowing contractors to protect their customer’s gutters from any potential contact.


The most important perk of owning a Safety Hoist: you’ll be keeping yourself and your team safe. Don’t put your subcontractors or employees in a tight spot; instead build some goodwill. They will appreciate that you have a viable backup plan that keeps them off the ladder and from carrying material to the roof. This will bring value to your business. 

For more information about material hoists and if they’d be a viable option for you, click here.

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