Time waits for no man, and the same can be said of roof problems. Small problems can normally be addressed as you become aware of them, but eventually your roof will reach the end of its service life. The best way to handle replacing your entire roof is to plan for it and schedule the job ahead of time. This leads to another question: when is the best time of year to have your roof replaced?
For the best deals, try to schedule the installation of your new roof during the roofing industry’s slow seasons. Here’s more on this.
Fall is a busy time of year for roofing contractors. Cooler weather coincides with homeowners realizing that their roof (and most likely the rest of their home, too) isn’t quite ready for the upcoming winter. Unless you have already made arrangements, you’re likely to encounter a bit of a wait for your roof installation project. The abundance of work also means that roofing contractors generally don’t offer major discounts for their services.
Winter, by contrast, is a slow season for roofing. With roofers competing for winter contracts, you might be able to take advantage of lower rates ora considerable discount. Keep in mind that roofing is highly dependent on weather, and winter storms and high winds are likely to cause delays. Roofers will only tear off what they can replace of your roof for the day, so a run of consecutive bad days can affect your contractor’s ability to finish the job quickly.
If you are interested in having asphalt shingles installed, your roofer must take special precautions when working in cold temperatures. The cold makes shingles more brittle and prone to breakage, and the shingles will take longer to bond together. Freezing temperatures also create safety concerns for workers as the danger of slipping on ice is now added to the already dangerous occupation of roofing.
Spring is another busy season for roofers. Many homeowners take advantage of tax refunds to fund roof work in the spring, and the warming temperatures make conditions more favorable for installation.
Summer continues a steady stream of roofing work. The largest percentage of roofs are installed between May and September, with the period running from the Fourth of July to Labor Day being ideal for installation of all roof types. By late summer, warm days and fairly predictable weather can allow your roofer to make short work of the installation.
Planning ahead will ensure that you get the best prices, and are able to engage the services of your preferred roofing company. You should secure a schedule with a contractor at least two to three weeks ahead, and draw up a contract to lock in prevailing prices for labor and materials.
As Marketing Manager of The Roofing & Remodeling Company, Cara Theiss gets to interact closely with customers and team members on a daily basis. She loves the opportunity to learn the latest trends and technologies in home improvement, and share those with homeowners.