Your Roofing Supply Chain Questions Answered
When it comes to roof replacement, there are numerous variables to consider. There’s budget, time, weather conditions, and materials – to name a few. Not only that, but the residential roofing business encountered supply chain disruptions in 2021, making things even more challenging.
Supply chain issues affect nearly every roofing material on the market. More and more materials are now being backordered, which means they might arrive much later than expected. As a result, the time required to complete your roof installation can increase as well. Below, Roofing Services Now delves deeper into the supply chain’s impact on your roof installation, as well as the typical timetable for a roof installation considering current delays.
Why is There a Supply Chain Shortage?
Roofing teams, along with many other industries in the United States, were forced to halt operation in early 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the roofing business had to be certified as an official essential service in order to continue providing roofing services. Not only that, but because there was no demand for roofing materials, roofing manufacturers also had to pause production.
As a result, roofing repairs and installations began to accumulate. Once roofing contractors were finally given the go-ahead, they were confronted with high requests of services but insufficient materials. This has caused not only a delay in receiving materials but a sharp increase in material costs as well.
Shortages are causing steep price increases.
According to a report from The National Roofing Contractors Association prices of construction materials are 21.4% higher than a year ago
In our opinion, these price increases are unlikely to go back to normal and are here to stay for years to come. This will result in higher cost of roof replacements and repairs for homeowners.
Affected Roofing Materials
The following roofing items are the most adversely affected by the supply chain shortage:
Shingles: Raw materials used in the manufacturing of shingles are affected and we are seeing large increases in price every month. Please be advised that some shingle colors may not be available immediately as suppliers trying hard to compete and secure their own orders as well
Metal Roofing Panels: Metal coils used in the fabrication of metal roofing panels are also experiencing shortages. Painted metal coils are becoming more scarce than others. Matte Black is one of the most desirable metal roofing colors people love. This is one that is taking weeks to arrive at this time. You may want to choose other colors or be willing to wait weeks to get your preferred one.
Fasteners: Typically used for metal roofing, fasteners are specialized roofing screws used to fasten a roofing component to a roof deck
Stress Plates: Another essential accessory, stress plates secure an insulation layer to the deck of a roof without penetrating the lower surface of a deck
Adhesives: In flat roof systems where using fasteners is difficult or impossible, adhesives are used to attach the bottom layer of insulation (and thus the entire system) to the roof deck
Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM): Usually referred to as a “rubber roof”, EPDM is a synthetic rubber roofing membrane that is highly long-lasting and cost-effective. It’s a popular material used most commonly in commercial roofing projects.
Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO): According to industry statistics, TPO is one of the fastest-growing commercial roofing systems currently available on the market. It is used in both commercial and residential roofing applications. Due to the fact that TPO is a white membrane, it reflects heat rather than absorbing it.
How to Deal with a Supply Chain Delay
Flexibility in scheduling is the most effective strategy to deal with supply chain delays. At Roofing Services Now we have great relationships with local large suppliers to make sure we have always readily access to the materials we need for our customers. Another strategy we use is to buy in bulk and store our materials. However, there are delays and inconveniences out of our reach. We thank our customers for their patience and understanding. If you need your project done as soon as possible you may want to consider choosing colors of materials that are readily available rather than waiting weeks or months for another one that is not available.
Contact Roofing Services Now!
Shortages and delays in roofing materials are frustrating, so we thank homeowners for their cooperation throughout these ongoing supply chain issues. If you’re looking to achieve a particular aesthetic but the material needed is out of stock, our roofers at Roofing Services Now will do their best to find you the next best alternative. We’ll work with your schedule and provide a realistic timeline to help you improve your San Antonio roof as quickly as possible! Contact us today!
ROOFING SERVICES NOW
1777 NE Interstate 410 Loop Suite 600,
San Antonio TX 78217