This is a question I get asked a lot and there are a few things to consider so let’s take a look because the best time to replace may NOT be what you think!
First off, most roofs are made of asphalt shingles. If yours is near the 20 year mark and you are in the asphalt category, it may be time to think about replacing, so let’s review the seasons for the job.
The beginning of summer is a great time to get your roof replaced. The middle of summer, on the other hand, when temperatures are at their highest may not the best time. Most roofing companies install roofs all summer long, but the high heat and humidity can make it not only challenging for roofers, it can also affect the materials. The high heat could soften the asphalt in the shingles, making them less durable during installation, so they can get scuffed up when walked on.
It’s probably a given that winter isn’t the best time to replace a roof, for obvious reasons. Aside from the snow and ice, the cold temperatures can make roofing materials harden and brittle. Shingles could even crack during installation. Tools roofers use don’t work as well in cold temperatures , and sealants won’t be able to be applied as effectively; shingles will take much longer to adhere to each other than they would in higher temperatures.
If you’re planning ahead to get your roof repaired or replaced in the spring, you might as well get it done in the fall, if possible. If your roof is deteriorating or even has a few small problems, these issues will only worsen over the winter as the snow and ice pile up, melt, and refreeze. If you aren't having any problems with your roof, however, spring could be a great time to replace it. It's not usually as busy in the roofing industry as later in the summer and in the fall, so materials may be less expensive.
The best weather of the year for roof installation is in the fall. The cooler temperature during the spring and fall allows roof installers to work longer hours without getting overheated, and the mild weather makes installation easier. Shingles will have time to seal effectively and will be prepared to take on the elements during the harsh winter. That being said, the fall is also one of the busiest times of the year for roof installation. Make sure you plan ahead and contact your roofing contractor.
The busiest time of the year for roofers is late summer and early fall which means you may wait longer and pay more to get the job done.
Whenever you decide to move forward, my team and I at Class Eh! Roofing are available for free quotes and have been serving the niagara region for many years. However, it is strongly recommended not to wait too long because the last thing you want is an emergency situation. However, if it does come down to that...we are here for you!
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We look forward to hearing from you whatever your roofing needs are.
Wayne Jeffreys is a native of Niagara-On-The-Lake and owner of Niagara based roofing company Class Eh Roofing!