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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Replacing your roof is a big commitment. It is important that you understand the re-roofing process from beginning to end. After all, your roof is your first line of defense against severe weather for your home - your biggest asset.
Familiarizing yourself with the steps needed to get the job done properly will ensure a successful roof replacement with no major construction or financial surprises during this process.
Before starting the re-roofing process, homeowners need to take some time and effort to evaluate the roofing contractor. Here are some tips to finding the best contractor for your roof replacement, according to allroofingsolutionsde.com.:
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How to Ensure Your Roofer Uses Quality Materials
Using the right roofing material for your home can improve its curb appeal as well as protect your home's first line of defense in severe weather. Your choice of roofing shingles can help your home stand out or blend in with your surroundings.
When getting quotes from roofing companies, you will find that the prices from each will vary. Part of this variation in price is based on the supplier from which the roofing company gets their materials. The higher quality the roofing material, the higher the quote will be. Sometimes paying a little more can go a long way. The design, ability to protect, and quality of engineering of your roofing shingle will be factors in your choice.
According to hgtv.com, when choosing roofing materials, consider the following questions:
When doing a full replacement of your roof, it is always better to strip it down
to the sheathing so the roofer can check for mold, rot, water damage, and insect damage. This also prevents the roofer from double-layering the shingles and causing it to overstress the rafters or supports of your home from the weight. Checking the manufacturer's warranty of the roofing materials to make sure it covers the overstress of rafters and other structural parts of the home is a good way to check the quality of the material.
Most full coverage warranties cover defective materials and most material warranties offer prorated coverage. However, most to all warranties do not cover wind damage over 85 mph or faulty installation. To protect yourself from faulty installation, ask for a labor warranty and save all receipts and invoices.
Checking the fire rating of the material being used is another way to verify the quality of the material being used. You want to get material that has a Class A fire rating. This is the highest rated material in fire safety.
Here are some of the most popular choices for roofing materials along with the pros and cons for their use and the estimated cost and life span of that product:
ASPHALT SHINGLES: Asphalt is the most popular shingle used. It is light-weight, easy to install and the most budget friendly. these shingles can be reinforced with fiberglass or organic materials (cellulose). There are two types of asphalt shingles. Laminated asphalt shingles look like slate or wood shakes. Three tab asphalt shingles are single layer, flatter/thinner, but perform poorly in past tests.
Pros: Asphalt comes in a variety of colors, is widely available is one of the least expensive materials.
Cons: Asphalt has a shorter life span, doesn't provide as much insulation as other materials available and the quality can vary.
Cost and life span: Homeowners will pay from $70 to $120 a square and if maintained, will last 20 to 25 years.
CLAY AND CONCRETE TILES: These tiles add texture and style to a roof. Flat, ribbed or scalloped clay tiles are durable but also very heavy and must be professionally installed. concrete tiles are less expensive but also have heavy weight.
Pros: Concrete and clay ties are long lasting, non-combustible, and concrete tiles are energy efficient.
Cons: Clay and concrete tires are expensive, heavy and most often require additional framing.
Cost and Life Span: Prices start around $300 to $500 a square and, if maintained will last 40 to 50 years.
METAL ROOFING: Metal roofs are resistant to severe weather and are available in two types, panels and shingles. They come in aluminum, copper, stainless steel and zinc.
Pros: Metal roofing is durable, longer-lasting and has high solar reflectance.
This allows your home to stay cooler in the summer.
Cons: Metal roofing can be expensive. this type of roofing can be noisy during rainstorms and can dent easily.
Cost and Life Span: Prices start around $100 to $300 a square and can last 40 to 75 years.
SLATE: Beautiful and with a distinctive appearance, slate colors include black, green, grey, red and purple. Fake slate is produced in plastic/polymer, clay and rubber, or asphalt. This material is much more slippery than real slate and may crack upon impact.
Pros: Slate is durable, fire-resistant and can be recycled.
Cons: Slate is heavy, usually requires extra framing and needs to be professionally installed. Imported slate quality can vary.
Cost and Life Span: Prices start at $600 a square and up. It can last from 50 to 100 years or more.
WOOD SHINGLES AND SHAKE: This is an extremely popular choice because homeowners love the look and the shingles weather to a pretty shade of gray.
Wood shakes are handmade and a bit rougher- looking than wood shingles which are machine-made.
Pros: these shingles offer a rustic look and are usually made from cedar, redwood and southern pine.
Cons: In some areas fire codes prohibit use. These can mold, split or rot in wet climates.
Cost and Life Span: Prices start at $100 to $150 a square and last around 25 to 30 years.
SYNTHETIC ROOFING PRODUCTS: These include rubber, plastic, and polymer roofing which can give you the color, look and texture of natural materials like slate and wood.
Pros: Synthetic roofing products are designed to be strong and easy to maintain and are fire-resistant. They are often not as fragile, heavy, or expensive as natural products.
Cons: Some of theses products can absorb water, the quality varies and are not as time-tested as other materials.
Cost and Life Span: Prices start about $300 a square and are warrantied for up to 50 years: The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) suggests you look at full-size samples of the synthetic product and the manufacturers' brochures.
Also, look for installations that have been in place at least 10 years to see the wear characteristics for your area.
Finding the type of shingle that your budget will allow is step one. Researching the supplier's warranties for that product would be step Two. The cheapest quotes may not always be the best quote, because they are partially based on material cost and quality.
Joye Roofing offers a variety of materials and prices to fit any homeowners's needs. They offer a free roof inspection and are 5-star rated on Facebook and Google My Business.
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Derek Joye has been roofing homes and businesses in the Midlands for over 20 years.