Learn how the construction industry attempts to roll with the punches while combating the national shortage of roofing materials.
The U.S. supply chain took a major hit following the onset of COVID-19. Buying and manufacturing were at a standstill for months due to lockdown mandates, and the country is also working on trade agreements with China. As a result, many industries have suffered, especially commercial roofing.
Prices are skyrocketing and roofing materials are harder to obtain, making it more difficult than ever to complete a roofing project on time. Everything from material availability to industrial transportation has caused severe disruption. Until the shortage subsides, property owners and builders remain in limbo with materials used in roof production and installation.
The construction industry relies heavily on roofing materials that offer longevity and a great return on investment. Some of the main types of roof materials that are becoming the least accessible include:
Metal roofs are known for their durability, long-lasting protection, and modern curb appeal. A metal commercial roofing system can last from 40 to 70 years, so it’s worth the wait—just be prepared to wait a while. Steel is typically used for metal roofing systems, and since the demand for steel is high, availability is low. After the long-awaited infrastructure legislation, the U.S. and the E.U. have reached an agreement on import costs for steel and aluminum. But because the need for steel remains backed up from last year, it’s become increasingly unavailable.
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) roofs are made of incredibly durable plastic. PVC’s breaking strength is 350 pounds per square inch, which is much greater than the minimum requirement of 200 pounds, according to the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM). PVC is great for those in the restaurant and hospitality industries because of its chemical and fire resistance. The Texas Freeze in February 2021 greatly affected PVC shortage, as the state had to close down plants that supply the raw materials needed to make it.
You likely have roofing contracts in place for your commercial roof, but be wary of setting high expectations. Given the shortage, some roofing materials won’t be readily available until further notice. If the shortage continues, the schedule you and your contractor originally agreed to may not be as realistic. And because it didn’t happen overnight, the solution won’t come as quickly, either.
In the meantime, here are a few of things you can do moving forward:
Prices of commercial roofing materials are high. The National Roofing Contractors Association reports the cost of construction materials has increased by 20.8% since last year. Even if you plan to get a less expensive system, roofing prices won’t go back to normal any time soon. Budget a little more than what you planned so you can get the materials you need for as low as they are today, instead of paying more if you wait longer.
Now’s the time to get your plans in motion for new roof construction or repairs. The shortage of commercial roofing materials affects the installation process as well, so the timeline may be off. Since wait times are longer than usual, it’s wise to plan ahead. Manufacturers are six to eight weeks behind. If you’re thinking of getting a new roof installation or repairs within the next one to two years, call your contractor today.
Our number one priority at New Image Roofing Atlanta is providing excellent customer care. We set ourselves apart from our competitors by making sure our customers have everything they need when they need it. We took the initiative to buy a fully stocked warehouse of materials, which means we don’t have to worry about wait times as long as everyone else. We have direct access to an inventory of industry-leading commercial roofing materials. Other roofing materials we offer are:
Ethylene propylene diene monomer, or EPDM, is a popular flat commercial roofing structure made of oil, natural gas, and synthetic rubbers. New Image specializes in installing and repairing these single-ply membrane roofing materials, so we have you covered regardless of your requirements. Plus, we help you leverage the most feasible financial options possible.
Thermoplastic polyolefin, also known as TPO roofing, is rapidly gaining popularity, so we do our best to make sure there’s more than enough to go around. TPO commercial roofing materials are made of rubbers and other synthetics. Property owners benefit from their energy efficiency and incredible durability. Whether you’d like a new installation or your current TPO roofing system needs repair, we have the tools, products, and techniques to serve you.
New Image takes pride in setting the bar high for the roofing industry. We understand the importance of a strong, dependable roofing system, so we’re obligated to make sure we have the products and equipment to provide you with one. Call us today to discuss your commercial roofing needs and schedule a free roof inspection.