12 Oct Hurricane Impacts on Construction Industry
in Disaster Preparedness
Immediately following hurricanes Harvey and Irma, construction companies throughout both regions took steps to ensure the safety of workers and checked in on various jobsites to see what (if anything) could be done. According to Construction DIVE, damage to Florida and Houston’s active jobsites could have been a lot worse.
After catching a breath, contractors are now looking at supply chains to see what the next few months of intensive reconstruction will look like and if material demands will be met.
Material pricing is another concern looming on the horizon. Popular home improvement chains were able to supply immediate demands for plywood, drywall, PVC, roofing, materials, and cleaners. Material shortages, however, are expected to hit hard in a few months, coinciding with major construction projects breaking ground.
Americover supply chains were disrupted after the flooding in Houston.
“Reports show that over 65% of the U.S. polyethylene production has been disrupted,” writes Tevan Riedel, President of Americover, “supply is limited, and supply chain bottlenecks are being addressed.”
In anticipation of the disruption, Americover has increased inventory, and we are ready to meet demand for plastic sheeting and materials.
In addition to material shortages, Florida and Houston’s labor supply is tight, and the question remains whether labor demands will be met during the months of construction ahead.
In an effort to rebuild devastated communities, Americover has pledged donations to Habitat for Humanity with every Americover purchase. Americover hopes to inspire other businesses to aid in the relief effort.