The Economics of Putting Off Your New Roof

It’s currently August as well as the Colorado summer seems to be zipping by just like it does annually. Before we understand it, we’ll be shopping the back-to-school specials in the paper, getting football as well as football cleats for our kids, as well as all of our home-improvement plans we had for this summer will certainly be delayed yet once more up until following year.

Photos taken on several residential construction sites which use fall arrest systems in Phoenix, AZ over a week in August 2012

The trouble with placing off the setup of a new roof covering is that roof covering materials, in certain asphalt tiles (our most preferred product) get even more and much more pricey every year. Simply last month I got yet one more notification that I was encountering greater than 5% boosts in rate from my vendors on my most typical products- asphalt roof shingles and also asphalt underlayment (really felt as well as ice/water guard).

There are many factors that contribute to the surge in expense of asphalt-based roofing items. When oil surged to $145/barrel, the most apparent and also biggest contributor to this rise is the increase in the cost of oil we observed a couple of years ago. Ever since, oil has leveled off- dropping completely to sub $40 degrees in very early 2009 and settling in between $60 and $80 lately, however asphalt roofing rates have actually continued their stable increase despite the significant shifts in the price of oil.

One significant factor to this steady surge in roof covering costs is the decline in the accessibility of asphalt. 90% of all asphalt is utilized for pavement while much less than 10% is made use of in the roof covering market (Asphalt Institute). As the economic situation stumbles and also the residence enhancement and residence structure industries falter, one would certainly presume that rates for asphalt shingles and various other bituminous property construction products would move, but raised use asphalt in transportation jobs appears to have a much greater impact on the consumption of asphalt.

One can think that a significant percentage of this budget is being utilized by local federal governments to resurface and also pave our streets. The effect of the existing decline in home building and home renovation on asphalt rates pales in contrast to the steady demand for asphalt in pavement, specifically with the current increase in transportation jobs politeness of our federal government.

Another factor affecting asphalt costs is the boosted effectiveness of oil refining facilities to produce higher-value items from oil. Asphalt is basically a byproduct of the manufacturing of gas from oil. In 2007, measures were presented by the federal government mandating performance boosts in the manufacturing of gas from oil. While these devices- frequently described as “cokers” used to produce the “Ultra Low Sulfur Fuels” we make use of today have actually ended up being a lot more effective, one of the outcomes of the new refining process is a decline in manufacturing of asphalt- additionally driving up the demand for the product.

The economic downturn and also real estate collapse negatively affecting need for roofer throughout our state has done little to affect the prices we deal with as an industry. Lots of homeowners choose to postpone the replacement of their old roofing system with the hopes that they can get “1-5 even more years from it,” nonetheless, the business economics of this decision are questionable. In today’s market on the Front Array, an average roofing system replacement expenses roughly $10,000.00. A rise in price of 5-10% (which is very possible) can cost a possible roof covering consumer $500-$1000 if they choose to delay their roofing project.

While the continuous increase in price for asphalt items has narrowed the void in cost with various other roof products (metal, synthetics, concrete, slate) there is no doubt that asphalt items continue to be one of the most reliable and also cost-efficient service to the roofing requirements of Colorado house owners. It will likely be more than a decade prior to a roofing replacement with a different item can come close to the “bang for your buck” you obtain from an asphalt shingle roof. A correctly set up asphalt roof shingles roofing developed to last 20-50 years will decrease on that particular schedule. At $10,000, you might just be conserving roughly $200/year by waiting, and you could be taking the chance of prospective rate boosts which are much more than that.

So, fellow dawdlers and potential roof covering buyers, before you postponed that roof covering substitute for 1 more year, keep in mind the savings may not add up if you have the ability to purchase currently. And if you’re like me and also you pick to place it off for one more year, we Colorado roofers will certainly do our ideal to keep the prices down for you, well, as much as feasible.

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