How Does the Supply Chain Affect My Roof Installation?

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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.

Affected Roofing Materials

The following roofing items are the most adversely affected by the supply chain shortage:
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. Our roofers at Roofing Services Now frequently recommend that you begin a roofing project during the summer months. That way, there is no concern about harsh weather making its way into your home and forcing you to rely on potentially hazardous alternative heat sources in the process.

If you’re worried about rising summer temperatures, there are a variety of cooling alternatives available to you that can help keep you cool while being safe and healthy. Here are a few examples:

Lights: Incandescent bulbs not only increase your energy bill, but are known to radiate unnecessary heat. Consider replacing them with cooler light-emitting diodes (LEDs) or compact fluorescents (CFLs).

Greenery: Plants, shrubs, and vines are another simple, cost-effective way to cool down your home. Make sure to place them on the east and west sides of your house to block out the sun’s rays.

Curtains: Cotton, sheer, or burlap curtains do a great job at keeping out heat during hotter months. Avoid darker synthetic drapes, which can keep the heat within your home contained (similar to a greenhouse effect).

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!


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