2020 was a big year full of changes in every facet of life. The essential “shut down” of the world slowed down people’s lives as well as many businesses. The pandemic caused delays and interruptions in supply chains across industries, including roofing. The problem of high prices and supply shortages has been a tale as old as time for many roofers during the pandemic, but as the world heals and returns to “normal”, it’s becoming easier to find the materials needed for routine repairs and roof replacements.
It’s natural to have concerns during this time when you need to fix your roof. So what do you need to know about navigating some tough post COVID-19 roofing prices and material availability? When your roof needs a repair, how can a homeowner like you best navigate the situation? Here are some answers to your top questions about roofing right now.
Q: I heard the prices for basically everything is on the rise, including lumber and roofing materials. Should I wait to fix my roof?
It’s understandable to want to wait when you hear rumors of unnaturally high prices caused by increased demand upon an inconsistent supply. As people return to normal retail habits, suppliers and businesses are struggling to ramp up production to pre-pandemic levels. That being said, prices are going to be higher for a while until the market corrects itself. But does this mean you should put off a repair? Absolutely not!
Even if a repair can cost more than it would have pre-covid, it’s still going to save you money. This is because a small repair that’s resolved will prevent a bigger problem down the road. Imagine not fixing a leak for $500, waiting a year, then finding out you need to fix a larger part of your roof and pay for mold remediation for thousands of dollars. That $500 sounds pretty attractive from this vantage point. In the world of roofing, prevention always has big payoffs.
Q: What if the roofing material that I want isn’t available?
We understand that supply chains are still self-correcting. That being said, we are GAF certified roofers and have strong relationships with our suppliers. If we can’t find the exact brand and type of roofing material you want, we can get pretty close to what you need. We can also surprise you with an option that you may like even more than your original vision. The roofing industry has made dynamic leaps over the past 10 years to offer a variety of smart materials such as solar reflective asphalt or synthetic materials that resemble stone for a more affordable option. Ask us what we think about our options and we’ll find some excellent choices for your next roofing project.
Q: What are some pro tips on getting the roof I want?
In this challenging season, you need to jump on the opportunity when you see it. If the right roofing material is available, lock on to the supply and schedule your repair. It also pays to plan ahead. Though it may take longer than normal to get your shipment of shingles in for a roof replacement, the products will arrive in time. It’s better to order than to not order at all and keep on waiting. As supplies become more stable and available, the delay times will decrease and you won’t have to be as inconvenienced. And, don’t forget that most roofers offer some sort of financing to help split up large repair costs. This helps you access the materials you want without having to skimp on quality.
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