When is the Best Time for a Roof Replacement?

If you suspect roof damage, regardless of the time of year, contact a qualified roofer to take a look.  If there is obvious damage like missing shingles or water infiltration into the walls or ceilings, it is even more critical that you have someone make the repairs or install a new roof as soon as possible.

Under ordinary circumstances, even if you have been faithful about inspections and maintenance, there will come a time when the roof just needs to go.  If you have the luxury of choosing the time of year, here are some guidelines.

Summer

If you have a choice, this is the best time to have your roof replaced.  The temperatures are acceptable and rain is far less likely than in the spring and autumn.  Early in the summer is best because the temperatures have not increased dramatically and there is lower humidity.  The weather is generally ideal for the flexibility of the shingles and the good adherence for the adhesives.

However, because it is such a popular time, you may have difficulty scheduling the work. 

Fall

Besides summer, fall is the best time to have your roof replaced.  The weather is becoming moderate from the heat of summer, and the rains have not yet begun.  With stable temperatures and precipitation, it is a great time for roofers to work.  It also allows the homeowners to adequately prepare for the winter weather.  With more comfortable temperatures, the roofers can work quicker and with fewer heat breaks.

Spring

This is the time of year when many problems start to show up.  With the melting snow and seasonal rains, you can easily detect leaks.  Although the weather may cause your appointment to be rescheduled, the weather is acceptable to work outdoors and the materials won’t be as susceptible to damage.

Winter

This is the least favorable time to have a roof replaced.  Obviously, it would be dangerous to ask workers to climb on a snowy or icy roof as well as the bitterly cold wind.  In addition, the product itself is at risk.  The new shingles may crack during the installation, tools can malfunction from the cold, and the sealant may not be as effective.  If there is no other choice but to have a roof replaced in the winter, schedule a re-visit to review the work and see if anything needs a do-over.

As mentioned earlier, don’t put off replacing your roof.  If you are able to do the work in a timely manner, you can avoid the panic of an emergency.  Dealing with a crisis means that you may not think as clearly and hire the best possible roofing contractor in your area.  This could cost extra money and still not get the quality workmanship you expect. 

Planning and inspections along with proper maintenance will help get the longest life out of your roof.  If you have questions or concerns, contact us at Vanity Roofing.  We will be happy to share our knowledge and expertise. 

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