5 Reasons to Replace Your Roof This Fall
It’s typically recommended to replace an asphalt shingle roof about once every 20 to 25 years. If you know your roof needs a replacement, but you’ve been putting it off, now may be the best time to do it. During the autumn months, the weather is warm enough for a roof replacement to be effective without being too hot. What’s more, roofing contractors have finished their busiest season and have started to slow things down.
With that in mind, here are some of the top reasons why fall is the best time of year to schedule your roof replacement.
1. You’ll be prepared for the coming snow
Roofing experts recommend having your roof inspected once during the spring and once during the fall. This is because both winter and summer can wreak serious havoc on your roof. In summer, high temperatures and direct sunlight can cause asphalt shingles to crack and weaken before breaking away during summer thunderstorms. Left unrepaired, this damage can cause additional problems once winter arrives.
In the winter months, missing or broken shingles leave your insulation exposed to the elements. This puts your home at risk for water damage and ice dams. A roof replacement in the fall ensures your home not only avoids the problems brought on by summer weather but also prepares your home for the winter season.
2. You’ll save money on utilities
Without adequate insulation in your attic, about 20% of every dollar you spend on your home’s heating this winter will go right through your roof. Gaps in insulation caused by damaged roof shingles cause stack effect. Stack effect is when there’s a difference in air pressure inside and outside your home.
High-temperature air is less dense than low-temperature air. When you turn your heat on for the winter, the high-temperature air in your home rises to escape through the cracks in the insulation in your attic to balance out the air pressure. Likewise, the low-temperature air from outside enters through these same cracks. A roof replacement will help to ensure that any cracks or roofing damage that might allow your heat to escape are completely repaired so you don’t have to splurge on your utilities this winter.
3. Fall weather is perfect for roof replacements
During a roof replacement, asphalt shingles need to be adhered at a specific temperature or else they won’t seal correctly. When shingles are adhered in weather that’s too cold, they can become brittle and break too easily. Likewise, when shingles are adhered in weather that’s too hot, it can be challenging to keep the coating intact.
Fall weather is ideal for roof replacements because temperatures are typically between 50 and 60 degrees, occasionally dropping down into the 40s. Roofing is ideal on days when the temperature is above 45 degrees. Shingles will be able to seal correctly, forming an airtight barrier against the elements.
4. You can schedule a time that works best for you
It can be tricky to schedule a roof replacement during the summer on a date that works best for you and your family. This is because summer is the busiest time of year for roofers and many homeowners will take whatever time slot they can get for their roof. During the autumn months, you don’t need to worry about bending over backward to get your roof replacement in. Because fall is usually the time when roofing contractors slow down, you’ll be able to schedule a date and time to set up your roof replacement that works for you.
5. You can boost your curb appeal
Spring is the most popular time of the year for houses to go on the market. If you’re looking to sell your home in the coming year and you know your house needs a roof replacement, it’s best to do it now so your home will be ready by the time spring arrives. Getting your replacement now rather than later means you won’t have to worry about waiting for the weather to get warm enough for a roof replacement to be feasible. Instead, you can put your home right on the market and feel confident knowing your roof is in the best possible shape.
Ready to schedule your home’s roof replacement? The residential roofing contractors of Style Roofing are there for you. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your roofing replacement with us.