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Commercial Roofing & the Supply Chain: Why Now Is the Time to Plan Ahead

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Supply chain issues continue to impact roofing project timelines

At this point, we’re all aware that the supply chain issue is causing a delay and disruption for products worldwide. Whether you’re waiting on a new couch for your apartment, trying to purchase a new car, or ordering office chairs for your business, we’re finding ourselves sitting around and refreshing the delivery status to find out if our package is finally on its way. 

This global halt includes materials for one of the most essential home maintenance projects: your roofing system. In this blog, we will break down the supply chain issue, how it started, and why now is the time to get ahead. 

How did this happen? 

We all remember at the beginning of the pandemic when the most common topic of conversation was about how impossible it was to get ahold of toilet paper at the store. Well, it’s a similar situation for roofing materials. If you compare it to the toilet paper crisis, simply put, it was an issue of supply and demand. More people were buying toilet paper than ever before, and, in turn, producers were unable to produce enough to meet the needs of all buyers worldwide. 

When there’s a sudden surge in production, producers will require more materials than ever before. Unfortunately, many of these materials that make up your everyday household purchases are the same materials that make up various roofing materials that help keep you and your home safe and stable. What’s more, plant shutdowns due to the pandemic and busy storm seasons have made it even more difficult for manufacturers to keep up with this increased demand.

What roofing products have been impacted?

We’re seeing a delay in the production of fasteners, plates, adhesives and commercial roofing materials like ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) and thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO), causing price increases and an extension in wait times for roofing professionals to receive products and materials. 

Here at JW Roofing, we’re seeing these delays particularly affect business’s flat roofs, especially commercial roof leak repair and replacement projects. As far as shingles go, the supply chain issue could also have severe consequences for roofing professionals across the industry’s inventory well into 2022. 

Is the supply chain issue being resolved? 

Unfortunately, professionals see no resolution to the supply chain issue—at least not anytime soon. It’s going to take a while for producers to catch up to the current demand, and even then, with the recent rise of new COVID variants, further complications may be just around the corner. 

To get ahead of these issues, we recommend planning for any roofing projects you predict in 2022. Concerns like a commercial roof leak repair are too severe to prolong, especially when you factor in extra delays for material shortages. Instead, it’s essential to get ahead of any project by scheduling an inspection with your local, trusted roofing contractor. 

Even if you don’t see any immediate signs of damage, an inspection will help tell if your roof is reaching the end of its lifespan. 

Plan ahead by scheduling a free inspection!

Here at JW Roofing, we can’t stress enough how important it is to plan ahead for the upcoming storm seasons. The best way to keep your home safe is to ensure that it’s in proper condition to do what it’s meant to do—protect you! 

Suppose one of our expert roofers notices any potential concerns during the inspection. In that case, we’ll be sure to get you on our calendar for a repair or replacement as soon as possible so that you can rest easy during these crazy times. Contact us today to get started!

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