Why Fall is the best time to replace my roof
Many homeowners may wonder which time of the year they should choose to replace their roof. Most roofing contractors work year-round, however, there are some logical reasons why picking the time of year for your roofing job makes sense in terms of budget and materials. Of course, geography places an important role in this decision, but if you live in an area that allows roof replacement all year long, there are some considerations to keep in mind to get the most bang for your buck.
The average roof replacement cost in the US ranges from $4,000 to $6,000.
The contractors in your area may have a busy season and slow season. During the slow season, you may be able to negotiate a better price, save money on materials, and experience a faster starting time.
The consensus is that the busiest time of the year for roofing contractors seems to be late summer through the fall. Often homeowners realize that winter weather is ahead and want to replace their roof before cold weather hits. The cooler fall temperatures can allow roofers to work longer hours and makes installation easier. Asphalt shingles need to be installed when the temperature is 40 degrees F or higher. In colder weather the sealing strip may not adhere properly with the potential for invisible cracks. However, because this is the busiest time of year for roof replacements, contractors may raise their prices as much as 5 - 15%. Also, longer starting times occur because of the glut of business.
The spring months are also a busy time for roofing contractors. Here again, the milder temperatures allow for longer work times and good conditions for asphalt shingles. Homeowners may experience higher costs and longer wait times during the spring. If spring time in your area is the rainy season, be aware this will affect the amount of time it will take to start or install your roof.
Summertime is a slow but steady time for roofers. The middle of summer may be problematic due to the high temperatures experienced. High heat and humidity can soften the asphalt in the shingles, making them less durable during installation. Also, there is the possibility of shingle damage if roofers are not careful with their nail gun, because nails can go through the shingles more easily. Roofers should also avoid walking on the roof in the high temperatures.
In some areas, winter time might be the best time to replace your roof. In cold climate materials can harden and become brittle or even crack during installation. Sealant application can be affected and it may take longer for shingles to adhere to each other.
However, in warmer climates, winter might be the best time to schedule a roof replacement. This is often a slow time for contractors and homeowners may be able to negotiate a better price and have a faster starting time, and installation quality may be higher. In fact, shingle manufacturers offer the same warranty as a roof installed during any other time of the year.
The bottom line is that the quality of installation is vital. Don’t wait until an emergency requires you to make a quick decision without proper research. Save time, money and stress by planning ahead. You may be able to schedule your roof replacement during the season of lower labor and material costs, and avoid long starting times.
A new roof is a major investment that impacts your home's outside appearance and the comfort of your home on the inside. Joye Roofing offers a free roof inspection. Our work will add to the value and beauty of your home. Check out our five star reviews on Google My Business and Facebook.
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How to make sure you are optimally covered for roof repair or replacement service
Finding out your roof has a leak or needs to be replaced can be a nightmare. The costs can be a financial burden or worse.
When facing a roof repair or replacement homeowners are hopeful some or all of the costs will be covered by their homeowners insurance policy.
Read on for helpful information regarding choosing a policy and ensuring coverage is available when/if the situation arises.
Choosing your policy
Every insurance company has different speculations and guidelines listed in their policies. Read your policy carefully before and after signing.
Common events that cause roof damage such as
- High Winds
- Fallen trees
- In Home Plumbing Malfunctions
- Foundation Shifts
are covered by some home insurance policies, and not others. Make sure you are covered for the events that are most likely in your location's weather and land makeup.
The most important thing to do is read the insurance policy carefully. Take note of the events that the policy will and will not cover.
Before deciding the extent to which your repair or replacement will be covered your insurance company will look at some basic considerations. Such as:
Find a roofer that will work with your insurance company
Make sure your roofing contractor who can give you an honest estimate of the damages in a way your insurance company will accept. Most roofing contractors have a good understanding of how insurance policies work and can assist in filing your claim. At Joye Roofing, we work with your insurance agent and adjuster to get as much covered as possible.
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Joye Roofing repairs roofs in Chapin and all over the Midlands
Lots of roofing companies talk about repairs, but are really just interested in selling you a new roof. At Joye Roofing we listen, talk you through your options, and repair when a repair is called for.
Here are some photos from a repair job we did on Shoreline Drive in Chapin. Leaks were causing damage that was only going to get worse with time. But the roof (from another company) was too new to repair. So we made the repairs, and made the homeowner happy.
When considering repair vs. replacements here are some common considerations:
It comes down to a few simple questions. How many years will a repair buy you before you have to replace the roof anyway? And will that time justify the money you will spend on a repair?
If you are in the Columbia area we will come inspect and diagnose your roof for free. Let us take a look and discuss your options with you. Whether you ultimately decide to repair or replace, you will always benefit from the information. Call us at (803) 407-5569 or schedule your free roof inspection here >
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How to know when to replace your roof
Are you wondering if it's time to replace your roof, and hoping you could get by with a roof repair? Repair can be an option in certain circumstances. In others a partial repair or replacement won't serve your needs, and therefore roof replacement is best.
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
1. How old is the current roof? The newer your roof, the higher the likelihood that matching replacement roof shingles will be available.
2. Are you planning to sell the home in the next few year? A new roof can be a big selling point for your home. Conversely, an obvious roofing patch job can reduce curb appeal and repel potential buyers.
3. How much work is needed? Timing for a re-roof relies on several factors including age of the roof, extent of any damage, and climate in your location. Each time a crew comes out to repair or do a partial replacement there is cost involved. You will definitely want to consider whether or not it's worth it to have the entire roof replaced while the crew is on site.
At Joye Roofing we do roof repairs, often same day. We can come out to look at your roof and help you decide which options are best. Call (803) 407-5569 to schedule a free inspection.
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Derek Joye has been roofing homes and businesses in the Midlands for over 20 years.