When Is the Best Time of the Year to Replace Your Roof?
An asphalt shingle roof typically lasts anywhere from 20 to 50 years with the right maintenance and care, but there’s nothing like a new roof to add to your home’s resale value. Of course, there are certain times of the year when it’s better to replace your roof than others. No one, for instance, wants to call for a roof replacement during the winter months unless it’s an emergency.
That begs the question: when is it really the best time to have your roof replaced? Here, we’ll dive into the key reasons why summer is the number one season to replace your roof.
Summer has more predictable weather
It’s true that many homeowners will schedule their roof replacements during the spring when winter has finally said its last goodbyes. Others will schedule their roof replacements during the fall when the days aren’t so hot. However, summer is ideal for roof replacements and is considered the busiest time of the year for roofers. The reason for this is because summer weather is much more predictable compared to the wetter seasons of spring and fall. Days are typically dry with the occasional summer thunderstorm. That kind of weather makes replacing a roof easier and faster.
Summer has longer days
Another reason why summer is the best time to have your roof replaced is that the days are longer. Your roofing contractors will be able to work for a longer period of time on your roof to get the project done without worrying about not being able to see once the sun starts to go down in the late afternoon like it would during the fall. That means you get a roof installed more quickly and efficiently. Of course, it’s better to have your roof installed in the early summer when conditions aren’t quite as hot. If you wait until later in the summer months such as late July and August, your roofing installation may take longer for the sake of your roofing contractors’ safety.
Tools and materials work better in the summer
The clearer weather during the summer months not only means your roofing contractors are able to comfortably and get your roof replacement done. It also means the tools and materials used during the roof replacement process also work better.
During roof installation, your roofing contractors are using adhesive products that need to be activated using the sun’s heat. That means once outdoor temperatures drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, roofers may not be able to replace your roof. The best temperature for a roof replacement is between 70 degrees and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. In this weather, the adhesive roofing materials will be easily activated and stick securely to your roof.
How do I know when my roof needs to be replaced?
Now that you know summer is the best time of year to replace your roof, you may be wondering whether your roof really needs to be replaced. Here are a few warning signs to look out for:
- Age: As we mentioned earlier, asphalt roofs typically last between 20 to 50 years. If your roof is over the age of 20 and you’ve been noticing that is hasn’t been holding up as well lately, it may be better for your budget to have your roof replaced. It’s definitely better to plan ahead for your roof replacement rather than waiting for any roof damage to worsen.
- Major repairs: Sometimes roof damage is bad enough that you need to replace your roof even before it’s reached the 20-year mark. Bad weather conditions, natural disasters, or fallen trees or tree limbs can all have a big impact on your roof. Depending on the extent of the damage, it may be in your best interest to have your roof replaced.
- Granules in your gutters: Sometimes the age of your roof will show in your gutters. When asphalt shingles become too old or water damaged, they can break off or crumble. You may find their granules in your gutter system.
Ready to replace your roof this summer?
If your roof is on its last legs and you’re ready to replace it, be sure to contact Style Roofing Inc. Our team has the professional experience you need to deliver the quality craftsmanship you’re looking for. Contact us for an estimate on your roof replacement today.