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.
If you found this information helpful click "Like" or "Share" below and post this to your social media pages. Your "Likes" and "Shares" help others like you find the information they need.
We are happy for you to re-publish this article on your website or in your company newsletter with credit to Joye Roofing as the author and a link to our website JoyeRoofing.com. The URL for this article is https://www.joyeroofing.com/roofing-disaster-restoration/what-season-is-best-to-replace-my-roof. Email us with any questions.
Derek Joye has been roofing homes and businesses in the Midlands for over 20 years.