Local roofers say the prices of items like siding, clapboard, and lumber have increased by 25 to 30 percent.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – It’s officially a severe storm season, and weather such as hail, heavy rain, and wind can damage your home. Local roofers say supplies and materials are hard to come by right now. The pandemic closed factories and laid off workers in industry, creating shortages.
“In the south, like Texas, there are a lot of assets down there that have had to shut down because of some blackout issues,” said Jeremy McKinnis, vice president of McKinnis Roofing.
The demand for living materials is high. More and more people are working on home projects and changing weather conditions are causing problems for homeowners. Roofers said it could take up to three months to receive materials.
“By the time the material gets here, we could probably get three to four price increases from this dealer before we even get the product,” said Terry Neeman, owner of Neemann and Sons.
The roofers said the price of roofing materials has increased by almost 30 percent. If you are thinking of repairing your roof, the experts tell you to do it now.
“It’ll be out of the roof in a year or two,” said Abbott’s owner of Roofing, Siding and Gutters, Wayne. “Crews, materials, everyone wants more.”
Wayne said you should replace your roof every 10-15 years and homeowners should invest in heating cables for their homes. McKinnis added to get an inspection from a reputable roofing company. All three roofers said keep an eye out for “door knockers”. Scammers often knock on doors during the storm season.
“It comes over a lot,” said Wayne. “People from all over the place. They say they’ve been around for a while. You really have to look at them. “
The companies just hope we won’t get any record-breaking snow or severe storms in the future.
“When that happens, I feel like it’s going to be really challenging,” McKinnis said.