Like all industries, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is visible in the roofing industry as well. The roofing industry in the United States is reeling under the effects of this deadly disease. According to a survey by NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association), approximately 52% of roofing contractors feel that COVID-19 fueled economic shutdown has already had a significant effect on their businesses.
This global pandemic is not only affecting the health and well-being of people but the economy as a whole. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the roofing industry in the United States will be long and lasting. As the virus is spreading, roofing contractors need to take stringent preventative measures to protect all stakeholders. There is a need to have social distancing and other safety protocols in place for the workers to ensure their well-being and also the safety of the customers. Nevertheless, customers have become more apprehensive, and a high percentage of them plan to delay roofing projects until its absolutely essential.
COVID-19 Pandemic Creates Interruptions And Delays In The Roofing Business
With over 1.2 million cases in the country, the novel coronavirus has become a significant threat to the economy. There is uncertainty all around, and the roofing industry in the United States is no different. The need for social distancing is making it difficult to schedule an appointment even for a roof inspection. People are worried that they might get exposed to the virus and are preferring that no one visits them in person.
To add to the chaos, the contractors have their own set of problems. Safety guidelines imposed by the local jurisdiction is mandatory, but most of them are going out of their way to ensure that all stakeholders are safe while a job gets done. In some of the States, the roofing contractors are facing trouble in getting access to construction sites due to travel restrictions and lockdowns. The roofing industry is also facing material delivery and sourcing interruptions. There are service delays for permits and inspections. In fact, the local jurisdiction at some places has stopped accepting applications for new permits.
How Is The Roofing Industry In The United States Coping With This Pandemic?
The employers are ensuring that their workers are protected from the novel coronavirus. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has taken the initiative to remind employers of their existing standards while focusing on its Personal Protective Equipment Standards. The webpage of the agency provides employers with all current information on the pandemic. This helps them to establish procedures and guidelines for their workplace.
Roofing companies are adapting to new practices to deal with the current situation to stay in business. Keeping the employees safe is one of the biggest challenges for roofing businesses while they go to a site where the client is already anxious about COVID-19.
Satellite imagery for preparing roofing proposals and leaving paperwork in the client’s mailbox are some of the new practices which roofing companies are following.
The only silver lining for the roofing industry is that roofing is still an essential service. A properly installed and well-maintained roof is crucial for the health and wellness of a home. Therefore, the roofing industry is using technology to continue business while keeping all safety protocols in mind.
Allegiant Roofing- Keeping the customers safe!
At Allegiant Roofing, the safety of our customers is paramount. We have moved to a virtual platform where we offer both estimates and can schedule appointments. We use aerial roofing measurements and photography for roofing estimates. There is no need for face-to-face meetings; our roofing experts follow all safety protocols and will take care of all your roofing needs while you are in the safety of your home.
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