Understanding the current roof repair trends landscape will help you streamline the decision process.

Recently, Roofing Contractor Magazine published a great article on 2022 roofing trends. We’re sharing a quick breakdown of their report—and what these trends mean for homeowners thinking about a roof replacement.

Material shortages are still a problem.

Virtually every industry, especially construction, has experienced some shortages since early 2020. According to Roofing Contractor, “…84% of contractors face at least one material shortage in their business.” The roofing industry is no expectation. These shortages are causing delays, price spikes, and other challenges—and the landscape remains unpredictable.

Don’t wait until the last minute if you’re thinking about replacing your roof. A fast turnaround is no guarantee. The potential issues are significant if you encounter a delay when your roof is already in tatters. It’s much better to plan ahead—within reason—so you’re not dealing with leaks and ambiguous timelines. Don’t replace your roof three years too early, but start calling around if it’s getting raggedy and winter’s coming.

Labor shortages are still a problem.

The labor market has changed dramatically since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Construction is one of many industries struggling to hire enough workers to meet demand. In fact, “35% of [contractors] said they’ve turned down work because of skilled labor shortages.” The industry is also struggling with negative perceptions of its career options.

For homeowners, the labor and material shortages demand the same strategy: Plan ahead. With so much demand and few workers to meet it, scheduling a timely roof replacement requires foresight. You can’t assume that you’ll find a contractor on the timeline you want, so be flexible and think ahead.

Eco-friendly roofing options are increasing.

It’s wasteful to replace a perfectly good roof early because more environmentally friendly materials are available. But when it is time to think about replacement, more and more homeowners are choosing the eco-friendly route. There are several options to consider.

  • Metal roofing. Steel is recyclable and durable, making it a more sustainable option. And metal reflects heat, so your house can stay cooler without running the AC on full blast all summer.
  • Solar roofing. Solar shingles are popping up on rooftops all over the country, especially in sunny states. They protect the home and traditional roofing while absorbing sustainable solar energy to keep the house running.
  • Living, “green” roofing. Did you know that you can literally grow plants on your roof? Living roofs replace shingles with soil and vegetation, everything from grass to flowers to complete landscaping. All that plant life absorbs rainwater and CO2 and increases your home’s energy efficiency. Of course, this approach doesn’t work for every home, but it’s becoming more popular.

Each of these options has its benefits and its drawbacks. If you’re a beginner in eco-friendly home building, it can seem overwhelming. After all, there’s much more than just your roof to consider. You can replace your windows, opt for eco-friendly exterior coatings, and more. If you’re considering an eco-friendly roof replacement, talk to an expert. An experienced contractor can help you navigate your choices and decide which option is best for you.

As a homeowner, you can benefit from a peek behind the scenes of the roofing industry. These tips will give you the advantage of being strategic about your roof replacement project. And remember: Your most important ally is an experienced contractor throughout the process. As supply and demand fluctuate, a good contractor can help you navigate the changing landscape and make confident decisions. If you’re planning a roof replacement, get in touch with the team at Texas Home Improvement >