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2023 Roof Inflation: Do Roofs Cost More? Will Prices Go Down?

2023 Roof Inflation: Do Roofs Cost More? Will Prices Go Down?

Discover Why 2023 Roof Prices Are Here to Stay

If you’re considering a new roof, it’s essential to understand the factors driving the cost. Roofing prices have increased by 20-40%, and these prices are projected to remain steady throughout the year. Our blog breaks down the key factors contributing to these prices:

  • Material Costs: The cost of roofing materials has surged, impacting overall expenses.
  • Supply Chain Challenges: Material shortages have further exacerbated costs, affecting availability.
  • Inflation: Economic inflation has played a role in raising roofing prices.
  • Current Economy: Economic conditions continue to influence roofing costs.

Unfortunately, the trend of rising material costs shows no signs of reversal. Pre-COVID and post-COVID prices differ significantly, with the current landscape favoring higher costs.

Stay informed about the market dynamics that shape roofing prices, and make well-informed decisions about your roofing project.

Contact us today for more information about our roofing services and how we can help you navigate these pricing challenges.

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Are Roofs More Expensive in 2023 Than Before?

Roofs are more expensive in 2023 than they were before. The average cost of a roof has gone up by 20%-40% since COVID.

For example back in 2022 According to the NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association) construction material prices are 24.4% higher than a year ago.

Since Covid there have been many factors affecting todays current price in 2023. In the roofing industry once material goes up in price it is very unlikely to ever come back down as noted in the 2008-2009 recession, according to Roofing Insights.

Factors Affecting Todays Price

  • Increase Material Costs 
  • Supply Chain/Material Shortages
  • Current Economy/Inflation

Factors Affecting roof prices

Increase Material Cost

The primary driver behind the rising costs of new roofs is the significant surge in material expenses. In the wake of the Covid pandemic, we’ve encountered a series of notifications regarding material price hikes from our suppliers. The most recent adjustment was noted in August 2023.

As roofing contractors, we find ourselves in a situation where the escalating material costs are beyond our control. What compounds this challenge is the simultaneous price surge affecting all manufacturers. Consequently, we are compelled to absorb these heightened expenses, which inevitably leads to necessary adjustments in our pricing structure.

supply chain/material shortages

While signs of supply shortages beginning to normalize are evident, the broader situation is still a considerable distance away from achieving complete normalcy, as highlighted in this comprehensive article by Roofing Contractor. The persistence of supply chain and material shortages continues to exert notable pressure on material costs across diverse industries. However, it’s pivotal to recognize that supply chain disruptions are not the sole contributors to this intricate predicament.

An additional factor, albeit relatively minor, that significantly impacts shortages and contributes to the rise in material costs is the occurrence of natural disasters. These include hail storms, hurricanes, strong winds, and fires, all of which further complicate the availability of essential materials. These calamitous events disrupt not only material production and transportation but also magnify the demand for these resources, as affected regions embark on reconstruction and repair endeavors.

Current economy/inflation

In recent months, a primary concern for the US government has been the escalating inflation rate, with its repercussions extending to various sectors, including construction. As we’ve discussed the rise in material costs, it’s crucial to note that we’re also contending with elevated expenses in our day-to-day operations. This encompasses increased costs for essentials like fuel, vehicle repairs, tools, equipment, and software. Even seemingly minor factors, when combined, contribute to higher operating expenses. This is particularly impactful for small businesses, as they navigate the challenge of elevated overhead costs. While these variables might be relatively modest individually, collectively, they have contributed to the overall increase in the cost of roofing services.

Will roofing prices go down in 2023?

While we can’t predict for sure due to many factors, there are three possible scenarios.

  1. Roof prices might go down.
  2. They might stay the same.
  3. They could go up.

In August, we got a notice about a price increase of 5-8%. So, the cost of materials has gone up again. In our view, it’s unlikely that material prices will drop soon. The best case scenario is that prices stay the same for about a year. But based on what we’ve talked about earlier, and the fact that there’s no real pressure to make prices lower, it won’t be surprising if prices go up again before the year ends. I wouldn’t bet on prices going down by the end of 2023 and mid-2024.

Eric Hernandez

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