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How Hurricanes and Tropical Storms Affect The Roofing Industry

As hurricane Laura tears through the southern midwest region, a top question on many people’s minds is “how in the world do we recover from this?” Whenever a natural disaster occurs, there is a wave of devastation that follows and has to be cleaned up, and this damage can be overwhelming for homeowners to comprehend and envision. While not all regions of the United States are susceptible to hurricanes, the aftermath of hurricanes, tropical storms, and even heavy wind storms and other extreme weather conditions, can have a significant impact on the roofing industry throughout the entire country for several reasons. Here at Cenvar Roofing, we value educating our customers, friends and neighbors about roofing realities, so read on if you would like to understand why you may see fall-out from hurricane Laura for months to come. 

Emergency Work 

Roof work becomes an emergency after a hurricane

The most obvious way hurricanes and other extreme weather events affect the roofing industry is the influx of emergency roof situations. Depending on the proximity and location to the path of the hurricane, some roofing contractors and companies may be dealing with the aftermath of the storm themselves, such as damage to their trucks, buildings and supply storage. At the same time, it is likely that many homes in the direct path of the hurricane have sustained roof damage, and need roof repairs or replacement as soon as possible, to minimize further water and wind damage to their home. This means that any available roofing contractors in the area will be needed as soon as possible, and will likely stay very busy for weeks, and even months, to come.

 However, this reality can also impact the roofing industry in the surrounding area, as many contractors and companies may start travelling to the affected areas from further away in order to provide more assistance and get the job done more quickly. This can have an effect on towns and communities that did not sustain damage during the storm, because it could delay non-emergency roof work in their own area. 

Storms Travel 

Roofing crews are in high demand

Another significant reason the roofing industry is affected by hurricanes and tropical storms is that they travel. Hurricane Laura, for example, made landfall in Louisiana and caused immense damage there, before moving on through the rest of Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and multiple other states as far as Virginia and Delaware, as it traveled northeastward. While the most significant damage occurred in southern Louisiana, the flooding, wind and tornadoes tore through the rest of the states in its path for days afterward. Every single state and area affected by this one particular storm will require emergency roof work that will impact the local roofing industry in that area. Storms like this can cause significant backlogs of roof work that will make it more difficult for homeowners to get non-storm related damage repaired. 

The impact of damage in the path of the storm can also be felt in neighboring areas that escaped the storm, due to the increased need for roofing professionals in the damaged areas. For this reason, the delays in roof work can be felt in areas that never experienced a drop of rain.

Supply and Demand Issues 

Finally, hurricanes, tropical storms and other significant weather events impact the roofing industry on a national level through supply and demand issues. Roofing material manufacturers typically manufacture materials based on a steady supply and demand chain. This allows them to estimate how many roofing materials will be needed, and therefore, how many to manufacture. However, when a devastating storm tears through the country, suddenly the demand for new roofing materials skyrockets, as many homes that were not in need of a new roof before the storm suddenly need one – and need it fast! This can have a significant impact on the availability of common roofing materials like shingle and metal, and cause delays in shipping as materials are put on backorder. 

Shingles and other roofing materials may become scarce

The availability of roofing materials can be further impacted if the hurricane or other storm occurs in a region where roofing materials are manufactured. If the factories themselves sustain damage, it can create an even larger backlog as they work to get their output levels back to normal. In this way, even roofing companies on the other side of the country from affected areas can feel the impact of the storm, and customers who didn’t think twice about what was happening in the news, suddenly realize it wasn’t an isolated incident in a different region. 

Cenvar Roofing 

Cenvar Roofing is proud to serve customers throughout the state of Virginia with high quality roofing services. In the wake of a devastating storm, we are proud to be among the first to respond to roofing emergencies across the region, and guarantee that you will be satisfied with the finished result, no matter what the circumstances surrounding the roof replacement were. If you have questions about damage to your roof – whether from a storm or some other cause – and would like to schedule a further conversation with a member of our team, please visit our website to find the branch nearest you and schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you soon!