Over the last few years, there has been a lot of talk about disruptions to the supply chain and how they could affect aspects of your life, including your next roofing project. Supply chain issues typically disrupt the flow of goods and materials; driving the cost up for consumers. The roofing industry is not immune to these disruptions and the end result could impact the speed and the cost of your next project. That being said, companies like General Roofing Co. are doing everything possible to ensure that our customers receive the same professional experience that our customers have come to expect from us over the last century.
We’ll help you better understand why supply chain issues occur and whether and how consumers may be affected.
Reasons That Might Cause Issues in the Construction Industry
As we mentioned, supply chain issues can cause delays and added costs. This is because there is a bottleneck somewhere in the supply chain causing supply to decrease. So what issues can cause this bottleneck in supply? Here are a few examples of how this might happen:
- A shortage of raw materials could cause a delay in getting the supplies needed for roof installation. Wood, metal, shingles, and other building materials need to be sourced and processed before our roofing contractors can get to work installing your new roof.
- Even if there is no problem with sourcing the raw materials, there may be delays in the manufacturing process. These delays could result in a delay in receiving the finished product.
- If there is a problem with transportation, it could cause delays in receiving supplies or products. These delays could lead to changes in production schedules, which would affect deadlines for roof installations. You may remember the shipping barge that made the news by getting stuck in the Suez Canal back in 2021. This is a perfect example of how shipping can disrupt the supply chain for many industries not only roofing.
Why does this issue matter?
In the roofing industry, there are often supply chain disruptions that can cause delays in roof installation. This can be a problem for commercial roofing projects because the timeline is often critical. If there is a delay in getting the roof installed, it could cause a domino effect of delays for the rest of the project.
Is there anything that can be done?
In recent years, many industries have been affected by disruptions in the supply chain. The roofing industry is no exception. Commercial roofing projects may be delayed or even canceled due to a lack of materials. However, this need not necessarily be the case. For example, if you are a residential homeowner looking to replace your roof with asphalt shingles, you can order them from various suppliers, and they will be delivered directly to your house (assuming it is large enough). And there are other options as well – composite shingles and corrugated metal roofs are both viable alternatives that can help you avoid any issues related to supply chain issues. Ask General Roofing Co how we can help with your next roofing project.