A new survey by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) shows that the majority (52%) of roofers said the coronavirus-induced economic shutdown had already had a “significant” or “very significant” effect on their business.
The largest negative impact was a slowdown in normal supply activity (58.9%), followed by lower customer demand for low-slope roofing work (48.0%). Almost half of the respondents (45.2%) had been given notice.
NRCA Survey: COVID-19 Effect on Roofing Companies, Particularly on Low Pitch Roofs.
By April 7, 2020, every sixth respondent (16.8%) had to lay off workers. A small group (6.4%) said their businesses were forced to close down. The majority (55.6%) had not taken any action in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Most roofers had problems accessing construction sites
Around a fifth (22.2%) of the respondents stated that their company had problems with material delivery, truck transport or other interruptions in material procurement. Almost two in three (65.3%) said that home builders had limited access to construction sites or buildings as part of their coronavirus response plans (the owners).
Roofers also reported other restrictions from local jurisdictions, particularly delays in servicing inspections and permits (56.5%). More than a third (36.5%) said the local jurisdictions no longer accept applications for new permits.
NRDC: Action taken by local jurisdictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Most rooftops said they were still optimistic about the future
Despite all the disadvantages associated with COVID-19, a large majority of roofer respondents (61.9%) stated that after the all-clear they could be back in business “as usual” in less than a month. The majority (56.3%) said they were “somewhat confident” about the future of their business and 37.2% were “very confident”.
NRCA survey: Most roofers expect to be back in business soon after the pandemic ends.