Taking Quality Roof Photos For Estimating

How to take proper roof takeoff photos

About this course:

Offering a roof estimate to a customer begins by going to the site and completing an onsite takeoff of the roof system. This site visit includes measuring the roof system as well as taking photos and interviewing the building tenant. These steps are required to complete an accurate estimate and a profitable project for your company. While you are there, you need to be able to take photos that will allow you, another estimator or a project manager to be able to review the project. As they say, a picture tells a thousand words - especially in roofing! Your Instructor, Mike Shultz, will teach you how to properly take photos of the roofing site. This includes images of the roof from roof top as well as images of the staging and setup area. These images are then used to provide an overview of the project as well as convey specific details that were found during the site visit.

You'll learn:

  • The order in which takeoff pictures should be taken.
  • Methods for gathering all information needed for your team.
  • How to frame your photos so that they overlap and you can create panoramic images.
  • How to show your tape measure in the images to record key measurements on perimeter and penetration details.
  • Tips and tricks that can help you enhance your due diligence skills.

Your Instructor


Construct-Ed, Inc. is an online learning platform for the construction industry. We work with both in-house instructors as well as guest instructors to create high quality learning content. This course was created by our in-house team of instructors to help you build your skills and knowledge for a more successful career in the construction industry and skilled trades.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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