It can sometimes be tricky to figure out when the best time for a roof replacement is. Weather patterns have become a little bit unpredictable in the past years. But don’t worry because you can still more or less use the different seasons as a general guide to scheduling your roofing project.
Ideally, you’d want to avoid the summer storms and the winter freezes since these weather conditions can make the roof installation process complicated. They are also likely to cause delays in your project, which can be frustrating because roof replacements can usually be finished within just a few days. Spring is often widely considered a good season, but contractors may find it difficult to squeeze you in their schedule since this is typically the peak season for renovations and home improvements. Considering all these things, autumn might just be the best time to have your roof replaced.
In this post, Hero Roofing further discusses the benefits of scheduling your roof replacement project during the fall season.
Why Roof Replacement Is Best Done in the Fall
If you are already considering replacing your roof in fall, here are further reasons why you should see this plan through:
- Fall usually has the ideal weather conditions for roof replacement. If you are installing asphalt shingles, it is best to do it on a clear day when the temperature is above 45 to 50 degrees. This kind of weather will allow the seal strips of your shingles to melt and adhere properly, a process that experts usually refer to as thermal sealing.
- Your roofers will be able to work in a much more comfortable environment, thanks to the typical fall weather. This may seem like an insignificant thing. But isn’t it that when you are working in a conducive environment and not worrying about the hassle of particular weather conditions, you are able to move more freely and feel more efficient in doing your job? The same thing can be said about roofers. With minimal things to bother them while at work, they can have improved focus on the job and potentially finish it on time.
- Apart from providing comfortable weather for the workers, fall can also ensure a safer working environment for them. There is no rain or snow to make the roof wet and jeopardize their safety while at work. Of course, reliable roofing professionals usually pause the work when it’s raining or when the roof is still wet due to rain or snow. But being able to not worry about such hazards can give you peace of mind as well since accidents and injuries during your project can be significantly reduced.
- Replacing your roof in autumn allows you to prepare your home and ensure that your shingles are sealed properly before winter arrives. This way, you can be confident that your shingles have an airtight and moisture-resistant barrier that will protect your roofing system from water damage. Furthermore, with newly sealed shingles, you won’t have to worry about them being blown off by strong winter winds.
- Getting a new roof in the autumn allows you to address any issues, even minor ones like small holes or leaks before they inevitably get worse when they are finally exposed to harsh winter weather. Add to that the risks of ice dams and heavy snowfall, and you’ll just be glad that you can prevent such a disaster with your new roof.
How to Choose the Right Roofing
If you are using the same type of roofing for your roof replacement project, things might just be a little simpler for you. However, if you are contemplating switching to different roof material, here are a few tips to help you make the best decision:
- Figure out if you are constructing a flat roof, a roof with a low slope, or a roof with a steeper pitch. Keep in mind that not all roofing materials are appropriate choices for every kind of roof. The weight of the material is also another critical factor since you have to consider if the structure of your home can actually carry the load of materials like slate or tile. These things may seem a bit technical, so you might want to consult with your roofing contractor about the best options for your home.
- Asphalt remains one of the most popular roofing choices for residential homes. It is usually available in two basic configurations: shingles with standard thickness and laminated shingles that are thicker. The standard shingles are obviously more affordable. However, laminated shingles often have an appealing textured appearance and can last for as long as 25 years or more.
- Metal has been a great choice for homeowners too. Metal roofs are quite durable and long-lasting. So even though their upfront costs are usually higher than asphalt shingles, metal roofs can prove to be more cost-effective in the long run. They require minimal upkeep, and you might just never find the need to replace them in your lifetime.
- Slate can also offer value for your money. It is expensive, but it can last for a hundred years if given the proper care and maintenance. However, you need to be meticulous in sourcing the material if you really want to get your money’s worth. Since slate comes from different quarries, their quality also tends to vary from each other. So make sure to check where the material comes from before pouring all your money into it.
- Don’t forget that whatever roofing material you choose, you need to have good flashing to serve as protection for some vulnerable parts of your roofing system. Flashing is typically applied in strips to areas where different materials adjoin — for example, the chimney and roofing shingles. It keeps the structure watertight and prevents leaks in such areas.
- Of course, roofing cost is an important consideration for any homeowner. This can be influenced by a variety of things such as your preferred roof material, the size of your roof, and other add-ons or features that you need for your roof system. It also matters whether you are aiming to re-roof or completely replace your old roofing. Re-roofing can be cheaper since it does not require the removal of the old roof. However, this can sometimes result in problems since the older and possibly compromised roof materials are still in place. That said, your contractor may recommend a complete roof replacement as a more long-term solution.
If you have other questions about your roof replacement project, make sure to discuss them thoroughly with your contractor. Let them know about any concerns you have so that they can offer you appropriate solutions. It’s very important to demand transparency from your contractor and to keep the communication lines with your roofer open. It allows you to set reasonable expectations and manage any setbacks more effectively. Of course, this goes without saying that you should hire a roofing company that you can really trust. Much of the success of your roofing project will depend on that.
Hero Roofing is a locally owned and operated company that provides premier workmanship and customer service. We carry out a range of jobs including roof repair, roof replacement, siding installation, and more. Call us at (833) 321-4376 or fill out our contact form to request a free inspection.