Supply Chain Disruption In The Roofing Industry — And What This Means To You

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The economic crisis of 2020 has caused a reduction in production, resulting in the depletion of warehoused roofing materials. There has also been a spike in consumer demand and this has put a strain on the already disrupted supply chain.

The insulation and steel industries are experiencing the most supply chain challenges, resulting in a lack of fasteners, fastener plates, sheet metal, and MDI.

As well, with a huge increase in gas prices, transportation prices are at an all-time high.

All of this and more has caused roofing-related materials to surge in price.

How does this affect you?

According to Ken Simonson, chief economist at the Associated General Contractors of America, “steel, roofing, and insulation materials are among the most difficult things to obtain right now”. “The lead time for bar joists, which are used to frame roofs, can range from 10 to 14 months.” — Simonson continues.

With the roofing industry experiencing supply chain disruptions, manufacturers are predicting 6-month or longer lead times for key roofing materials, with some large orders taking up to a year to complete.

This simply means that the roofing materials you’ve ordered may take as much as 6 months to a year depending on what and how much you’ve ordered, before they arrive. Let’s not forget the significant increase in price for the materials as well.

So, what does this mean for your commercial roof?

Delaying the maintenance your commercial roof requires can have both short and long-term consequences.

Let’s look at the short-term damage it’ll have on your commercial roof

  1. Leaks
  2. Animal and pest intrusion
  3. Mold

On the long-term, those short-term damages that were long ignored could cause:

  1. Severe water damage to the roof
  2. Decreased property value
  3. Increased repair cost — which is ironic because materials are in short supply and very expensive now, not to talk of the longer lead times.

Most roofing contractors don’t have all of the materials they’ll need and the total cost before making a proposal to a building owner and fully entering a contract. This can be a tremendous problem for both you and your roofing contractor.

According to Moody’s Analytics, problems “will likely grow worse before they get better.”

In a report, Moody stated, “As the global economic recovery gathers momentum, it is becoming increasingly evident how it will be impeded by supply-chain disruptions that are now showing up around every corner.”

What To Do?

Now that you are aware of the problems roofing contractors as well as the entire roofing industry are facing, you may likely feel that it is best to delay your commercial roofing project to see if things get better.

However, doing so will bring devastating effects (like the ones treated above) to your commercial roof and ultimately make you spend more money.

The wisest route will be to carry out regular roof maintenance on your commercial roof.

While it is common knowledge among commercial building owners that regular roof maintenance will extend the roof’s life and reduce leaks, it is often overlooked.

Unfortunately, commercial roof care frequently begins only after a leak has been discovered. Water from a leak can devastate a business, and an owner’s bottom line may be impacted by the price of emergency repairs.

Fortunately for you, it doesn’t have to be this way.


This is because a commercial roof care maintenance program can save your business thousands of dollars in damages and, more importantly, the cost of having to replace an entire roof with good life left on it — yes it happens.

Many commercial building owners end up spending thousands of dollars on roof replacement when their roof still has good life on it.

This can all be avoided by regularly carrying out maintenance checks on the roof, and there is no other company that does this better than NIR Roof Care, Inc®.

What can NIR Roof Care, Inc® do for you

NIR Roof Care, Inc® has been in the business of maintaining commercial roofs for over 40 years.

With over 40 years of experience, NIR Roof Care, Inc® has been able to calmly assess and design roof maintenance plans that suit the budget and size of every business owner out there. We’ve made it our mission to put quality above everything else.

We will send a Certified Roof Care Specialist® and a Certified Roof Management Advisor® to evaluate and analyze the roof collectively whenever their services are required. According to NIR Roof Care, Inc® 70% of roofs being replaced today still have 30% of their usable life left, resulting in the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Over the years, NIR has developed a system of addressing problems before they become painful expenses.

When you purchase a NIR Roof Care Plan® SLA, you’ll receive:

  • a Certified Roof Management Advisor® and a Certified Roof Care Specialist® that’ll analyze your roof every scheduled visit.

At each Roof Care Plan visit, your certified Roof Care Specialist® will complete a 27-point inspection and take activities such as:

  • Repairs that are minor
  • Debris cleanup
  • Scheduling any large-scale repairs that are required before they cause costly harm to your structure.

NIR has also made it even easier for you by sending the same experts to your roof in every scheduled visit, so you don’t have to worry about explaining your findings again. Your personal Certified Roof Care Specialist® will be familiar with your roof and will be able to assist you in addressing its issues.

In the end, it is much more cost-effective to maintain your roof in the long run, as new commercial roofs have a lifespan of 30 — 40 years.

Additionally, if you plan on having your roof replaced now, it will be more of a risky bet, as it could take up to a year for your roofing materials to arrive, and your roof may deteriorate even more than it is now.

To learn more about NIR Roof Care, Inc® and its commercial roofing services, including its revolutionary roof care maintenance plans, please visit our website at:

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Get in touch with us now to discuss your roofing needs. Our flat roofing specialists are ready to answer any questions and recommend a course of care to protect your roof from any problems. We look forward to hearing from you!