The Impact of the Supply Chain Shortage

By now, we’ve all been affected in some aspect of our lives by supply chain shortages.

In a time in which we became accustomed to clicking the “Buy” button online to have whatever we required show up to our doors only days later, we are dealing with the inconvenience of not being able to get simple items like toilet paper and baby formula from the grocery store, having to delay or cancel orders on new cars because they can’t get the computer chips they require and on top of it all, gas prices are soaring to record levels.

Logistical challenges have contributed greatly to the supply shortage.  Today’s shipping containers carry billions of tons of cargo, most of which are traveling by sea. Covid lockdowns, border closings, and a shortage of workers has greatly affected the supply chain. Shipping rates have soared during this period, only making matters worse.

The construction industry is dealing with rising fuel and material prices and labor shortages on top of seemingly never-ending supply chain delays. Contractors are continuing to see long lead times on materials such as TPO, EPDM, PVC, insulation, coverboards, and adhesives. Fasteners and attachments continue to have the longest lead times.

What Are Your Options?

For many building owners or facility managers, it may be time to consider reassessing their roof replacement needs for the time being. For some, this will mean simply postponing some projects until materials become available, while for others it may mean getting by by making repairs instead. For roofs that cannot be repaired, it may be time to consider alternative options, such as liquid-applied roofing systems.

Liquid-applied roofing, as the name suggests, is a roof system that requires fluid application. Not to be confused with coatings, that are often associated with temporary repairs or aesthetic purposes, a liquid-applied roofing system is durable, warrantable, waterproof, UV resistant roofing system that will last the life cycle of the building. Unlike traditional roof systems such as TPO, liquid-applied systems are currently much more readily available with lead times of only a few weeks as opposed to several months.

While currently no one can safely say when the supply chain shortage will end, know that you still have some options  available when it comes to your roofing needs. Regardless of what those needs may be, remember to consult with professionals before making a final decision. If you have any questions about your options for future roof repairs and replacements, contact the experts at RoofConnect today! Call 866.248-5164 or visit

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