Understanding Shortages in Roofing Materials

Everyone has certainly experienced some unique challenges in the past year, both near and far. Even though the COVID-19 pandemic caught everyone by surprise in 2020, we still have a long way to go in many ways, even though we’re on the path to recovery in 2021. It has also affected the way we do business, with repercussions that continue to impact the global economy as a whole. Our health and our ability to interact socially have not been the only things impacted.

We’d like to give you a better understanding of what’s going on that’s currently affecting local roofing companies since they haven’t been spared either. Additionally, we’ll share some good news – Lenox Roofing is capable of handling these challenges and still getting you the roof of your dreams!

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Understanding Shortages in Roofing Materials

Shingle Roofing Material Issues

Manufacturers and suppliers of roofing materials were severely affected by pandemic-related shutdowns in 2020. Combining those two factors with last year’s record-breaking storms, we’re still experiencing U.S. roofing market conditions that are virtually unprecedented. Manufacturing shingle capacities in some areas are still not 100%, and shingle production shortfalls are expected to persist for most of 2021. Recently, a large building products distributor told roofing contractors to expect production shortages through the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2021. The decrease in supply levels has unfortunately also been accompanied by a steady increase in material prices. Price increases have already been observed, and they are expected to continue. Shortly, prices won’t fall back to where they were pre-COVID.

Metal Roofing Material Issues

Aside from the pandemic, the worldwide steel market has also been negatively impacted by metal shortages. Many major metal roofing suppliers can no longer purchase more than 60% of their historical orders. It is currently impossible for some suppliers to order any new steel! Suppliers cannot purchase the full amount of inventory necessary to meet customer demand because existing inventories are being sold quickly. Over the next few months, steel will become increasingly difficult to come by. In addition, steel prices are expected to rise throughout the summer and fall. The price increases are expected to continue at least through November, as many believe.

Other Roofing Material Issues

Metal roofing and asphalt shingles aren’t the only problem areas. Almost every commercially available roof material exhibits similar impacts. As a result of the decline in supplies, prices have also increased for slate, tiles, wood shakes, vinyl-based materials, copper, aluminum, rubber-based materials, and others.


Impacts on homeowners: Higher prices, limited product availability, and longer lead times

Due to a low supply of roofing materials and rising material costs, homeowners needing roofing services face some obvious negative impacts. The best advice we can give you is to contact your local roofer immediately if you feel it may be time to replace your roof. You have a higher chance of finding materials in stock if you decide to act quickly. Furthermore, if you book your roofing project now, you will be able to avoid the additional price increases that will come in the days and months to come.

Homeowners also have to contend with limited product & color options and longer lead times on top of price increases. Manufacturers, for example, focus on only creating products available in the most popular colors. Because of this, it will be harder for the foreseeable future to find less popular or special-order colors.

The timeliness of roof installation is also affected by shortages of materials. When it comes to getting your chosen roofing materials, you may have to wait a little longer than usual. It takes some manufacturers two months to fulfill certain orders, so there have been some delays of up to two months in some cases.

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And Now, For The Good News – Lenox Roofing Still Has Your Roofing Needs Covered in Myrtle Beach, SC!

For those who may need a new roof to be installed or a new roof to be replaced, the state of the roofing industry report is bad news. Lenox Roofing provides roofing services in Myrtle Beach, SC, which means you need not worry or fret if you are within our service area. Our staff and equipment can meet any roofing needs you may have.

Lenox Roofing still has the resources to offer you your ideal roof solution as soon as possible because we have preferred partnerships with some of the top roofing material providers in the country. We’re always trying to stay ahead of the curve to make sure we are prepared for any unexpected delays or contingencies. However, we can guarantee you that even in material shortages or increased prices handed down from the manufacturers, you can always count on us to deliver exceptional installation services and personalized customer service.

Lenox Roofing is the most-rated and most-trusted local roofing company serving in Myrtle Beach, SC. The company specializes in standing seam metal roofing and only works with the best roofing material manufacturers (we’re an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor). Are you in need of some custom-made gutter installations? We can help!

Lenox Roofing provides services in the greater Myrtle Beach, SC area. Nothing compares to the quality of care Lenox Roofing provides! Check out what over 800 of our happy customers say about us on Guild Quality and decide for yourself.

If you’d like to speak with us, give us a call at 843-380-6205 once you’ve reviewed some of our glowing reviews.

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