The roofing industry has supplies shortages because materials manufacturing supply chains and distribution sites shut down in March and April 2020. While the industry can usually weather shortages and shutdowns, they almost never happen in March and April. The two-month shutdown has caused a ripple effect that limits the availability of roofing materials right now. Other factors outside the pandemic, such as a record storm season in 2020 and the infamous boat blockage in the Suez Canal early in 2021, have exacerbated the shortages.
On top of those issues, homeowners’ demand for roofing services have increased over the past year. This market demand has increased because more homeowners began working from home during the COVID-19 shutdowns. During that time, they noticed problems that needed fixing around their homes, including roof repairs, replacements, and installations. The rising market demand combined with the shortages has made roof repairs and new roofs expensive right now.