As a company that provides roofing, solar, or wall covering services, you have your hands full. Almost every industry in this sector is experiencing growth. Outsourcing your equipment rental logistics is a great way to keep up with increasing demand and remain efficient.
When you rent with BigRentz, we take care of fulfilling the backend of your request by communicating with the supplier and scheduling delivery and pickup, so you can place just one order with us and get everything you need. For example, if your next job requires you to install solar panels, you can rent a boom lift. Or if you need to unload materials from your truck to the site, we can supply a forklift. For reaching roofs and wall coverings on higher buildings, you might need to rent a carry deck crane.
The roofing, solar, and wall covering industry is experiencing a remarkable recovery since the recession hit back in 2008. In order to get a clear understanding of the current state of the industry, it’s a good idea to look at each of its segments individually.
New home construction and the repair of existing homes due to storm damage represent two of the main factors spurring growth in the roofing industry. Roofing sales grew 15 percent in 2016 and 13.5 percent in 2017. That’s up from a meager 3.9 percent growth in sales in 2014. Roofing contractors expect sales to continue to increase through 2018, despite skilled labor shortages and newly instituted tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
Solar energy and other forms of clean energy are slowly replacing fossil fuels as the nation’s primary energy source. According to The Solar Foundation, solar industry employment grew a whopping 110 percent between 2012 and 2017. The industry is still in its infancy, making up only 2 percent of the overall energy generated in the U.S. Despite its nascent development, however, the solar industry employs two times as many workers as the coal industry.
And while tariffs on imported solar panels are projected to decrease solar-panel installation by 11 percent in the U.S. through 2022, the industry is here to stay and will experience continued, if slower, growth in the coming years.
All buildings require some type of interior and exterior wall covering. This might explain why wall covering is a $24.5-billion global industry and is expected to generate $33.4 billion by 2023, according to industry experts. The growth in residential construction and storm damage that has spurred the increase in roofing industry sales in the U.S. is having a similar impact on the wall covering segment.
Installing and maintaining green roofs, solar power panels, and wall coverings often require the use of heavy construction equipment. The following list describes some of the most frequently used pieces of construction equipment this vibrant industry has at its disposal.
Building contractors can get immediate access to new, state-of-the-art construction equipment when they rent it, eliminating the need to wait for funding to become available to purchase it. Furthermore, some heavy equipment may only be needed for use on a one-time special project. It doesn’t make good business sense to purchase the equipment when it will in all likelihood sit unused until it may or may not be called into service again at some future date. Renting the equipment is a better option in these circumstances.
And given the labor shortage parts of this industry is experiencing, building contractors want their workers to be as productive as possible. Time spent repairing and maintaining purchased construction equipment could be better spent on actual installation and repair tasks. As a result, renting has the potential to significantly increase worker productivity.
These are only a few of the reasons why renting the construction equipment needed to install and maintain green roofs, solar panels, and wall coverings is a smart option that large and small businesses alike should consider. Contact BigRentz today to discover the wide selection of equipment it has to offer.