Covid has disrupted supply chains everywhere. As a result, even the most reliable roofers are feeling the effects of this upheaval. Hiring a roofer during supply chain setbacks will be challenging. You will need to assess the market scenario and understand how you can get through the crisis.
Today’s supply chain problems and materials shortages are the most serious that roofers have seen in some time. Prices are going through the roof (so to speak) while the supply of basic building materials is delayed due to shortages.
On the demand side, though, things are quite different. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, there has actually been a surge in demand for roofing services because homeowners are spending more time indoors and quite often working from home. It makes sense that they are now more conscious of roofing issues and contacting roofing experts with higher frequency.
Contractors now face a predicament: although they are keen to fulfill orders immediately, they may not be able to complete projects on time due to materials shortages. Also, project costs will be higher since material prices are surging. Homeowners will have to brace themselves for higher costs and work delays.
Of course, working with a trusted and seasoned contractor will be a better experience.
Construction material costs have been climbing steeply since the onset of Covid. Lumber, in particular, has gone up by a staggering 171% since the start of the outbreak. This is the highest price for wood in 13 years.
Likewise, steel prices have shot up by 75% since August 2020.
This was largely due to circumstances beyond the control of producers and suppliers. Lockdowns and ensuing supply chain disruptions wrought havoc in the construction material industry. Several suppliers and manufacturers are behind schedule on their orders.
Current market data, trends, and scenarios, suggest it’s unlikely prices will go down in the short term.
What does this mean for you as a homeowner?
As it stands prices are going just one way–up. While you wait, not only will prices rise, but that roof that needs fixing will deteriorate rapidly. If not fixed in time, roofing problems often become far more costly and much harder to fix.
In short, it doesn’t pay to delay roofing service.
Conduct your due diligence.
Before starting your roofing project, do your homework and contact the right company for the job. When you schedule a consultation, be prepared with information on your home and details about your roof and/or siding to allow your contractor to make the proper assessment and estimate.
As noted above, supply chain issues don’t discriminate, and even the best roofers will deal with challenges. Chancing it with subpar contractors will only compound these problems.
The good news is that a highly-qualified contractor will keep their finger on the pulse of supply chain trends, keeping you updated and informed every step of the way, so that you get the service you deserve.
So take no chances. Contact the best in the business. Len Roofing will do all it can to weather the storm, nail it and give you your money’s worth.
Len Roofing & Remodeling has years of experience providing nothing less than the highest quality craftsmanship on home renovations and Chicago roof repair and replacement, which are all backed up with a three-year warranty. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 847-768-6000 or visit our contact page.