2021 has seen shingles shortages and rising roofing supply prices. These changes have occurred because of roofing industry shutdowns and supply chain disruptions that occurred in early 2020 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s go over how this affects your residential roofing needs and the services you can access right now.
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.
In the past several months, roofing contractors across the U.S. have dealt with asphalt roof shingle shortages. Shingle production fell behind during the pandemic shutdowns, and manufacturers have not yet caught up to the current market demand levels. These shortages make it harder for contractors to complete roofing jobs that require asphalt shingles. Some contractors have to raise the prices for their roofing options to make ends meet while materials are scarce. Then they have to work on their customer relations because homeowners often show surprise when faced with material shortages and raised prices. The shingles shortage is just one example of how the material shortages affect residential roofing contractors and homeowners.
Contractors and homeowners now have to navigate new ways of communicating with each other in the midst of COVID-19 restrictions, such as new health and safety protocols and social distancing requirements. Roofing contractors have found ways to meet these protocols by offering estimates through contact-free tools and using touch-free systems for orders, deliveries, and project scheduling.
If you’re a homeowner who wants to schedule roofing installations or repairs, all these changes may seem overwhelming. However, the industry is moving forward as best it can with these new changes. If you need to schedule a roofing project for your home, remember that pricing and material availability are likely beyond your contractor’s control. Understand that larger economic problems caused these problems, but your contractor is doing their best to deliver excellent services.
Reach out to us today for residential roof maintenance, repairs, installations, and more. We have the flexible roofing services to meet your home’s needs.
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