The NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association) identified the changes listed below as significant challenges to the supply chain in the commercial roofing industry.
In 2020 and 2021, the changes in the world were both global and a perfect storm: the pandemic, the fires in the northwest United States, hurricanes, hail storms, flooding, working from home, stimulus money that changed consumer spending, blockage of trade ships in the Suez Canal, trade wars with China and the shortage of commercial truck drivers.
According to the NRCA, these problems have created unprecedented supply chain disruptions, challenges and shortages affecting roofing materials, tools and accessories. All manufacturers have announced price changes due to the increased costs of manufacturing and the low inventory of raw materials.
Additionally, the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season was the most active on record and the fifth costliest with $51 billion in damages and 12 named storms with Louisiana being the hardest hit state. Supply and labor shortages to rebuild after the hurricanes were a serious challenge for roofing contractors.
As an essential service provider, CentiMark quickly adapted to both the public and private mandates and restrictions that were put in place during the pandemic. We changed the way we sold roofs, adapted to health and safety requirements and protocols for our associates and our customers, and listened to our customers' changing needs. As such, we are cautiously optimistic that our business levels will reach new record levels in 2021.
“At CentiMark, we continue to see significant price pressure and extended lead times on nearly all construction-related materials,” says James Patterson, C.P.M., CentiMark Senior Vice President. “The supply related issues will continue into the fall with no anticipated relief until early 2022.”
Moving forward, communication is the key. Roofing contractors have to manage expectations with their customers about when a job will start, when it will be completed and update them on the pricing increases. Communication regarding any unanticipated delays with supplies and materials is essential. If possible, procure supplies and materials as soon as the roofing contract is signed to avoid shortages and to be realistic with job timelines.
The State of the Commercial Roofing industry is good. Yes, there are challenges with labor shortages, supply chain disruptions and price increases. However, CentiMark is ready to get your roof on the right track. Talk to a CentiMark representative today and let’s get started:
From hurricanes to tornadoes and severe thunderstorms, summer is a busy storm season.
Being prepared for extreme weather is essential to keep your building and business up and running. Your roof is one of the most important defenses your building has against weather. This means having a plan for your roof before and after a storm hits is extremely important.
Harsh weather and storms can wreak havoc on your commercial roofs. Before the storm, be able to verify your roof’s condition. Having a roof condition report prior to any damage can help you navigate the insurance process and help your adjuster process your insurance claim in an expeditious manner.
An inspection will provide you with:
- A written roof report
- Photographs to document the condition
- Suggested repairs
- Cost estimates
What should you do in the event of an emergency situation? We’re here for you with 24/7 emergency nationwide service with just one call: 855-483-1975
Our emergency response services help assist you with temporary repairs, permanent repairs and/or full roof replacement utilizing strict safety procedures. We will help you get your building watertight as soon as it is safe for our crews to travel.
Whether it’s wind, hail, or water damage, CentiMark can provide solutions and repair recommendations for your roof to ensure that your business is prepared for the worst of weather conditions. We make sure nothing is overlooked, and develop a comprehensive plan to address any needs. Know that CentiMark has you covered before and after the storm.
Want to be proactive this storm season? Ensure your roof is ready to weather the storm today.
The question YOU should be asking: How safe is my roof and floor?
Keeping your roof as safe as possible is imperative. When dealing with heights, ensuring that your roof is in good condition in addition to the proper safety measures and safety equipment is critical.
First, we always recommend scheduling an inspection of your roof. This will help you understand the condition of your roof so you can develop a condition-based strategy to address your needs. An inspection will provide you with a written report, photos and suggested repair or replacement recommendations.
It is also a good idea to consider safety accessories to help keep your roof safe for your employees and contractors. Some of these include roof hatches, safety rails, walkpads and skylight screens. At CentiMark, we’ll work with you to ensure compliance and to protect you, your assets and employees.
Same-level slips, trips and falls have cost employers billions of dollars in worker’s compensation costs. Areas of spalling, cracks, holes or damaged joints on your floors can be hazardous to your customers and employees if not properly repaired or patched.
It’s important to identify these hazards to determine any needed repairs. A thorough safety inspection will help identify potential safety hazards such as spalled or cracked floors and damaged joints from heavy equipment or wear and tear. The inspection includes photos and written documentation for recommended repairs along with useful products for your in-house maintenance staff, such as do-it-yourself patch and repair products.
Getting these areas repaired will provide a safer environment for employees and customers.
From the top of your building to the bottom, our number one priority is your safety. Be proactive; schedule a safety inspection today.
Two words: Soarin’ benefits. Utilizing drones with high definition, infrared, thermal imaging capabilities, CentiMark associates are able to safely obtain an entirely new perspective when inspecting your roof.
Through CentiMark’s 3D Virtual Site Assessment your roof, its components and the complete building envelope are inspected. You will receive:
- High definition imagery
- Infrared thermal imaging
- Integrated measuring and mapping tools
This information is available to you in a centralized location for in-depth analysis, comparison, easy decision-making and cost savings.
With this program, you are eliminating the need for personnel on your roof, the need for multiple site visits by various contractors and the need for in-person meetings. The entire inspection and auditing process can be completed virtually and at a distance.
Just a few of the benefits you receive:
- Mitigate risk - Identify issues before they become larger problems.
- Decrease business interruption - Minimize the number of people accessing your roof or getting inside your building.
- Increase efficiency - Reduce inspection times without business interruption.
- In-depth information - More detailed information for you to learn more about the condition of your property.
- Confidence - Make informed decisions on roof repairs and maintenance.
Schedule a 3D Virtual Site Assessment and experience the benefits for yourself.