When Should You Replace Your Roof?

For the most part, getting a new roof installed can be done any time of year. But as you might suspect, some seasons are better than others. If you're wondering when to replace your roof, here are three things that can be affected by the changing of the seasons so you'll know when it's the best time to call the pros.

Pricing

If you're concerned about your new roof costing more during a certain time of year, you may be right.

The mild seasons (late spring and fall) tend to be the busiest for most roofers. Why? First, installing a new roof when it's raining isn't exactly preferred. By the end of summer and into early fall, the rainy season is generally over, making those times the optimum choice for most contractors.

Second, roofing problems like leaks tend to be more common after a heavy rain, which tends to happen in the spring and early summer. For that reason, many homeowners don't have much choice but to replace or repair their roof at that time.

Third, most homeowners don't have a lot of extra spending money after the winter holidays. But by the time spring rolls around, so does tax season and that extra money from Uncle Sam.

Roofing suppliers know that the spring and fall are both busy, and because of this, they tend to increase their prices just before the rush hits. This tends to impact the industry as a whole. So if you plan to install your new roof during these two seasons, expect to pay a little more. If you can plan ahead, arranging to have your roof replaced in the late winter or early spring will likely save you some money.

Availability

For the same reasons that the costs of a new roof are impacted by the season, so is the availability of roofers.

Since the spring and fall tend to be busiest, you may have to wait a while when scheduling an appointment with a contractor during this time. Here are some tips to ensure your wait time is minimal and there is little disruption to your routine.

  1. Give the roofer several months notice so they can plan ahead. It's possible that they can order supplies early, before the rates go up, keeping your costs down.
  2. If you can't nail down an agreeable time for your roof installation (maybe you have family coming to town the only week they're available) consider pushing your time out just a little and schedule an early winter project. This can result in better availability, and you may even save some money in the process.
  3. Do you have a summer vacation planned? If so, think about scheduling the work then so there isn't any disruption to your routine. Your roofer may appreciate the work during the slower season.  

Weather

Weather is by far one of the most significant variables that can impact a roofing job. If you're worried about bad weather affecting the quality of the work, a lot of it will depend on what kind of roof you get and the necessary preparations the roofer makes to accommodate these factors.

Asphalt shingles can freeze in the winter, but your roofer may opt to keep the product stored in a warm location prior to installation. This can greatly reduce the chance of cracking. Another concern with replacing shingles in the winter is whether or not the seal will bond to the roof's surface properly without the summer heat to facilitate the process. If it's a cloudless day, the heat from the sun is often enough to get the job done. But if not, some contractors will use an additional adhesive to ensure a good seal. Then once the summer rolls around, the hot temperatures outside will finish the job.

If you live in the south where the winters are milder, weather likely won't be an issue. But if you live in the northern part of the country where it tends to stay below freezing for months at a time, you could have trouble finding a contractor who will be willing to risk installing asphalt shingles. Metal roofing, on the other hand, is perfect for colder climates as the snow tends to slide off, eliminating the issue of ice-damaged gutters and shingles. Metal roofing can also be installed in the winter, no matter where you live.

For more information on your options, contact a company that provides roofing services like Cloise & Mike Construction Inc.


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