Why You Should Replace Your Roofing in Spring
Your roof is one of the most important parts of your house. More than any other part, it keeps you safe from the glaring sun in the summer and the rain and snow during winter. But what if your roof needs replacement? What time of year is best to have it done?
While there isn’t a single best time to have your roof replaced, spring is a great time to have the job done. This is because temperatures in springtime help the roofing materials seal properly, meaning your roof is likely to last longer without causing any problems if you have it replaced during spring.
Can Roofs Be Replaced During Winter?
Technically speaking, roofs can be replaced all year round. So if you have a roofing emergency during winter, there’s no reason why you can’t have your roof fixed – even if it needs replacement.
That said, winter isn’t a good time to replace your roof, and most roofing contractors won’t recommend you do this. Your roof is more likely to cause problems if it was installed in the freezing temperatures during the cold months and the work will take longer, meaning you might very well end up paying more for a roof that’s less durable.
It’s important that consumers know what they’re signing up for when having a roof placed during winter, because it seems unreasonable to have a roof replaced when you’re unlikely to get your money’s worth from it.
Nevertheless, if the situation is urgent enough to warrant immediate replacement, even at the extra cost, you are entitled to making a call about your own roof – it is yours, after all. But you should know that waiting until winter to have a bad roof replaced is potentially somewhat of a gamble.
When to Replace a Roof?
So obviously, winter isn’t the best time to replace your roof, while springtime tends to be more favorable. But how will you know whether temperatures and general weather conditions are good for replacing your roof?
Well, the easiest way is to call a professional. If you live in the Kennesaw, GA area, you can call 1OAK Roofing and we’ll let you know how things are looking. Not all roofing materials are the same, and depending on what kind of roof you have, the ideal weather conditions to replace it can differ.
Not only that, but seasons can be unpredictable sometimes. So conditions might not be ideal for replacing your roof just because it’s spring or fall. And knowing when conditions are good can be difficult if you don’t have any experience replacing roofs yourself, because you won’t know how the weather influences the installation process.
Still, there are some general guidelines you can look out for to know whether or not it’s a good time to have your roof replaced. Conditions that are favorable for roof replacement include:
- Mild temperatures: this means that, generally speaking, summer and winter aren’t ideal for most kinds of roofing. Temperatures between 50-70 degrees are considered the best.
- Moderate humidity: the humidity in the air tends to fluctuate depending on the temperature. The hotter air is, the more humid it can be. However, when temperatures drop, the water vapor in the air condenses, and so cold air is usually rather dry. In mild temperatures, air can be either dry or moderately humid.
- Slightly cloudy: it’s better to roof while the weather is slightly overcast, because then there won’t be any direct sunlight on your roof while it’s being installed. That said, as long as you avoid replacing your roof on an extremely sunny day, it should be alright.
When looking at the guidelines above, it’s obvious that you should preferably check the weather forecast before scheduling a day to have your roof replaced. You’ll also obviously want to avoid any harsh conditions, like rain and strong winds. These are just unpleasant conditions for your roofing contractors to work under – no one can do their best work with wind (and possibly dust) blowing into their eyes. On top of this, rain can cause problems during the installation process.
Finding a Good Roofing Contractor
Once weather conditions are looking good for replacing your roof, it’s time to get in touch with a reliable roofing contractor. At 1OAK, we believe our service and work standard is some of the best around. However, we don’t blame you if you can’t simply take our word for it. So here’s some non-biased advice on finding a contractor you can trust:
- Read reviews: nowadays reviews are easily available on the internet for every kind of business. So you should definitely take some time to read through some.
- Ask friends and family: your friends and family might know a great roofing contractor, so it could be worth asking them.
- Don’t bargain hunt: we understand that roof replacement can be very expensive to many homeowners, but trying to save on your roof replacement is likely to cost you more in the long-run. Because roofs only need to be replaced every 25-50 years (depending on your kind of roofing) many roofing contractors don’t bother to deliver high quality work, seeing as they don’t expect any returning customers. An unrealistically low price could indicate that you’re going to get a shoddy installation job.
- Replace everything: it’s possible to have a new layer of asphalt shingles installed over the old one, but keep in mind that there might be damage hiding under the old layer, and that damage can’t be found and repaired if the old layer of shingles isn’t removed.
Here at 1OAK Roofing, we can help you replace, repair or maintain both residential and commercial roofs. By paying meticulous attention to your needs, we aim to help you get the most out of the work we do for you.