Crazy Weather and Shingles Shortage Leads to Metal Roofing Boom
No matter what you believe about climate change, our weather is nuts. Hurricane Ida was particularly savage and sadly, there are more to come. Nevertheless, it might be safe to say that if you’ve been in the path of one of these monsters, you might have lost a shingle or two.
If you’ve been waiting for your shingles to arrive, expect to continue to do so. According to Mario Cordero, the executive director of the Port of Long Beach, the larges container port complex in the U.S., there’s an industry crisis, centering on supply chain disruptions. He says that ports are crowded, as ships carrying everything from electronics to holiday decorations get stuck in a bottleneck. But it’s not just the weather. He claims that delays in cargo coming from China are contributing. When one worker tests positive for COVID-19, terminals are shut down. The other consequence, in addition to delays, is rising costs. Cordero says that shipping and transportation have skyrocketed, which has trickled down to the consumer.
With all of this in context, let’s circle back to your shingles. Yes, they’re what a lot of folks have. Now, you could install Class 4 shingles. They are said to withstand golf ball-sized hail. But inevitably, they still fly off.
Tired of the Shingles Churn?
If you’ve grown weary of the never-ending task of replacing shingles, then metal roofing just might be in your future. Here are something to consider: metal roofing lasts three times as long as asphalt shingled roofs.
Do they cost more? Yes, but it depends on how you look at cost. There’s the basic cost, then life cycle cost. Let’s do the math.
The initial cost of a shingled roof is around $9,000 and it lasts 12 years. For a metal roof, it’s around $19,000, but it lasts longer: 50-60 years. After 12-15 years, you’ll probably need to replace your roof, which can run about $4,000. A new roof can cost, adjusted for inflation at 2% annually, upwards of $13,000. Looking at these costs, it seems you get half the life of an asphalt roof as you would from going all in and getting a metal roof, which lasts longer.
Recently, Peak Roofing & Construction became Watertight Certified by McElroy Metal Roofing and Siding, a leading manufacturer and one of the best in the business. This means we are certified to supply and install their metal roofing, both commercial and residential.
If your roof is looking kind of tired and you’re equally exhausted from replacing shingles every time a storm blows through, we’d be happy to help you look at a metal roof. It’s a worthwhile investment, one that we’d be honored to help you navigate.