Fall is usually the ideal time to install a new roof. Why? Well, this is the time when you don’t have to deal with summer storms or winter freezes. The fall season offers excellent weather for installing a roof. It also gives you a chance to prepare for the wintry weather ahead. Make sure that you secure the services of a roofing contractor beforehand. In fact, you may need several weeks to get prepared. Make sure you choose the months of September, October, or November. Let’s take a closer look as to why.
The rain, hurricane, and wind during the summer can take a toll on the roof. This is especially true when the roof is approaching its anticipated lifespan. Normally,
asphalt shingles will have a lifespan of approximately 20 years according to the article New Roofing: How Many Years Can it Last?
. Wood shingles will have a lifespan of approximately 50 years and slate can go up to 100 years.
It is important to have a roof inspection at the end of summer and immediately after you have experienced a severe storm. Deal with any roof issues as promptly as possible. You may need to have a roof replacement done, if the damage is beyond repair.
Fall is also the perfect time for roof replacement because usually the temperature will be cool enough for the roofer to avoid any discomfort. The cool temperature during the fall is particularly helpful so that the seal strips on the shingles can melt as is necessary for thermal sealing. The shingles have to be appropriately sealed prior to the winter months. In that way, the shingles will form a moisture-resistance and airtight barrier against the cold temperatures of winter, keeping the shingles secure during the chilly winter winds.
As the weather starts to get colder, the shingles will usually be hard to work with and brittle. Manufacturers of shingles recommend that their product should be installed in 26 degree or higher temperatures. When securing the shingles in place during winter, the roofer has to use hand nailing technique instead of a roofing gun. This makes the roofing job quite complex and even slower, taking much longer.
Existing Roof Issues
Once the winter storms begin, if you have leaks or small holes on the roof, this will only get worse. Ice dams or heavy snowfall can do extensive damage to your roof. In fact, it is a recipe for disaster. Avoid replacing a roof during the months of December, January, February, and March. Yes, this is not a busy season for roofers, but it certainly is not a good time for you, even though, the cost may be lower.
Save On Heating
Last, but not least, roof replacement or roof installation during the fall will help you to save on your heating bills, keeping you cozy in the wintry months. If the HVAC system is in the attic, then a new roof install will ensure higher performance. Make sure to save those receipts. You may need them to claim tax credits for having an energy efficient home.
Contact K1 Roofing for roof installation, roof repair, or roof replacement. We help Colorado Springs residents to prepare their roof for the winter months.