Roofing contractors work year round, but there are several factors to consider when deciding what time of year to replace your roof. Project timing, weather, and cost are all important considerations.
Replacing Roof Shingles in Each Season
Many people think fall is the time of year to have your roof replaced, but the advantages of other seasons may surprise you! We’ve done a breakdown by season below.
Replacing Your Roof In Fall
Fall is considered the peak season for roof replacement, and with good reason. Because of mild weather, contractors can work longer days to replace your roof without the risk of overexposure to heat or cold. There are also fewer weather-related hazards to both contractors and your home during this season.
Typical fall temperatures allow roof shingles to seal effectively. Sealed roof shingles create an airtight barrier for your home and is a crucial step in the process of ensuring your roof can hold up to the elements. To seal properly, the shingles must undergo thermal sealing, which happens faster in the fall than in colder months.
But fall isn’t the perfect time to replace your roof in two key respects: project timeliness and cost. Because it is the busiest season for roofing companies, some homeowners wait 4 to 6 weeks from committing to the project to the roof actually being replaced. And, it’s a common but unfortunate practice that roofing suppliers also raise their prices just before peak season.
Replacing Your Roof In Winter
Winter is generally considered the off-season for roof replacement due to the construction difficulties presented by harsh weather. Snow and ice can cause delays and create more dangerous conditions for contractors, while cold temperatures can make asphalt shingles brittle and hard. This increases the risk of shingles cracking during installation. Additionally, the sealant process will take longer in cold weather because temperatures are not consistently above 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
One advantage of winter roof replacement is that roofers are not as busy, so the lead time could be shorter as they could start working sooner. Overall cost for roof replacement also tends to be lower in the winter as materials cost less so it’s possible for homeowners to get better rates on their roof replacement project.
Replacing Your Roof In Spring
Spring, in particular before April 1 in areas with cold winters, is still considered off- or shoulder-season for roofing contractors. This seems like it could be a good sweet spot!
Spring can be a great time to replace your roof if you are looking for lower costs compared to the fall, but also want better conditions compared to the winter. If you are replacing your roof because it has reached the end of its lifespan (and not due to pressing damage concerns that require immediate attention), holding off on your roof replacement until spring can be a good financial option.
Replacing Your Roof In Summer
Like the fall, Summer is one of the busiest times of year for roofing contractors. Though temperatures at the start and end of the summer provide the most suitable conditions for roofing work, the middle of the summer may be too hot for roof work depending on where you live. Higher temperatures and humidity can soften asphalt shingles, which means the shingles can be more easily damaged by nail guns if roofers aren’t careful.
Softer shingles are also less durable during installation, which makes them vulnerable to scuffing from being walked on. In addition, high summer temperatures can be dangerous for roofing contractor, and may lead to a longer installation timeline in order to protect the contractors from heat exposure.
If your roof is damaged or needs other repair, you should not wait through winter or any other season before having work done. Harsh weather conditions can exacerbate existing problems and make them much worse, leading to greater damage to your home and increased cost to repair. For example, a faulty or leaky roof, or ice dams, can go from minor to major over the course of the winter season.
If your timeline is more flexible, consider early spring for your roof replacement, or connect with a licensed HireHaven expert to decide on the right time for you. Give us a call at 888.392.4236 or visit HireHaven.com to speak to an expert.