Your roof is a big part of your home, and we’re not just talking about physical size here. No, your roof is a critical component that has to resist all kinds of natural warfare, all while also fighting gravity endlessly.
Your roof is your one line of defense against the pests invading and making themselves comfortable. It’s the final gate to prevent your heat or air conditioning from escaping (and a lot of money to electric bills all the while).
Biggest of all, it combats water damage, which is the bane of human’s structures’ existence. If water gets into your house, four things are going to happen. First, you’re going to get ceiling spots and leaks, which will cause your ceiling to warp and need remediation.
Second, you’re going to start smelling mold as it begins to grow. It’s foul, noxious and black mold is downright toxic. Third, your walls and carpet and possessions will be rapidly ruined and your house unfit for human habitation.
Finally, the decking will rot and collapse, and your whole house will come down. It’s not a pretty picture. Even if you avoid these perils, it still has a massive impact on your resale value, your curb appeal and your insurance.
Sooner or later, your roof will need to be replaced. They don’t last forever, no matter how well-built and well-maintained it may be. The question is, when is the best time to replace a roof? After all, you seem to see these projects taking place mostly at a specific time of the year, but it can be hard to pin down exactly when that is.
The truth is there is one time of year that is better than others, and which one might surprise you. Let’s talk about all four seasons and why they are or aren’t ideal for this.
Spring has fair weather in most places, not too hot nor too cold, the problem is that winter is still melting off, and in most places, it tends to be very wet and rainy. This is a bad time to do roof repairs because between the humidity and the inclement rainy weather, your project will be strung along for a protracted amount of time, meanwhile, this weather is dealing you roof damage.
If you live in the desert or prairie this might be a little different, though those climates seem to have mostly two seasons, cold and hot, so you may have to do a lot of region-specific planning when it comes to that.
Summer is when you see a lot of roofing getting done, but that makes it the busiest time of the year, and thus prices are high. It’s also harder work in the heat, and the shingles tend to stretch and inflate in that heat, causing problems when winter rolls around and they try to contract.
Summer can be a good time, but it’s not the best, despite being the busiest time for roofing. No, there is a better time, and you’ve already guessed what it is.
Fall is the best time for it, especially in early fall. You can often get a discount, as less-busy contractors want to drum up business, and the weather is about as even as it can be, without being sweltering.
Some places do have inclement weather in the fall, with rains and so on, but these tend to be later in the fall, advance shock waves from the oncoming winter more or less. For the savings and the availability, this is definitely the best time of year to plan around if you have a choice.
No. That’s the answer, but let us elaborate. In the winter, things are brittle, it’s cold, tools and chemicals work slowly, and the weather rarely cooperates. No construction project should really be done in the winter time if it can be at all avoided, truth be told.
To learn more about the best time to repair your roof, and why it’s so important, contact us at RGB Construction. We’re here to help you get your roof back to ship shape quickly, with skilled, experienced expertise. Don’t wait for things to get even worse, fill out our contact form today.