The Roofing Industry Has Turned Into a Guessing Game

The roofing industry, like many industries, continues to face new challenges. For the roofing industry. We are seeing shortages of materials such as PVC pipes and steel. As these shortages continue, prices are going up and deliveries are getting delayed.

Materials that are seeing an increase in price include:

  • Drywall
  • Electrical equipment
  • Adhesives
  • PVC pipes
  • Steel
  • Concrete

Roofing, steel, and insulation materials are difficult to come by right now. For example, bar joists for frame roofs have lead times up to 14 months. Commercial roofing bids used to be good for 45 to 60 days. Right now 14 to 30 days is the average time a bid is good for. Everyone seems to be having this problem.

Timelines on building projects have been impacted a great deal so contractors are trying to make bids a year and a half out. The problem with that is that suppliers can’t hold those prices. Even though price increases are affecting the builders, their customers have a price that is protected because of the amount of inventory available.

Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) is a very popular roofing system that commercial businesses are using. There is a huge demand for it that can’t be filled currently. In fact, TPO is back-ordered into July-September of 2022. 

In response to this, many are turning to alternative products like Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF). SPF gets sprayed as a liquid and then turns into foam. It is definitely a sufficient alternative. It creates protection for roofs that can withstand harsh weather conditions.

What has really caused a mess for the roofing industry lately is the price of steel and concrete going up. This has literally turned roofing into a guessing game. Builders are attempting to guess what materials will cost when a project actually starts. 

Projects that were set just a couple of years ago have been turned upside down because the costs of certain materials have tripled. The current labor shortages haven’t always helped this predicament. (Although shorter crews can actually mean a higher number of experienced workers.)

DFW Urethane Is Ready to Help

We are treading unfamiliar waters so we have to learn to adapt quickly. As always DFW Urethane and its team of experienced workers are committed to doing whatever it takes to get the job done right.

If you have a roofing project coming up in the future give us a call.

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Ready to stop roof leaks for good? Want to learn more about making your building or facility more energy-efficient? Rely on the leaders in spray foam roofing and insulation: DFW Urethane. 

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