best time of year to replace roof
Posted on: January 17, 2022

Winter, spring, summer, and fall. Each season quickly changes to the next and can leave you wondering where the time has gone. It’s no secret that when it comes to working on the exterior of your home, most people enjoy the summer. Especially homeowners.

But when is the best time of year to replace the roof on your home, and how can you plan to make sure that you’re getting your roof replaced in the best season? We’re answering that question and more in today’s post.

Knowing When It’s Time to Replace Your Roof

Before you’re able to decide when a good season is to replace your roof, you’ll first have to know whether or not your roof needs to be replaced.

There are several factors to consider, including age, material, weather, and upkeep. You’ll also want to consider how long you plan to live in the home and whether or not it’s the right investment for you.

What’s the Average Lifespan of Your Roof Material?

Knowing the average lifespan of your roofing material is a good place to start. Asphalt shingles, for example, have an average lifespan of 20-25 years. Clay and concrete tiles can last anywhere from 40-100 years. Knowing what your roof is made of and when it was installed will help to give you a good idea of what you’re up against.

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Does Your Roof Need Multiple Repairs?

Not every roof problem requires a complete replacement. In fact, most of the time, you’ll only need to replace a small section or one part. If your home is still under warranty and inspected for damages after most major storms, then repairing the roof might be an option.

However, too many repairs might do more harm than good. After all, if your roof is becoming damaged and leaking time and again, that might be a sign that you need a new roof.

Has Severe Weather Damaged Your Roof?

Mother nature can be unpredictable and severe weather can cause serious damage to your roof. If you’ve experienced several hail or wind storms, then there’s a good chance that the shingles on your roof have been damaged. Be sure to talk with your insurance company whenever you notice damage on your roof.

It’s also important that you don’t let that damage go unfixed for too long because small damage can grow into a big disaster in not too long.

shingle storm damage on roof of white home

What Time of Year Is Your Roof Best Replaced In?

Now that you know if it’s time to replace your roof, you can take a step towards making a good decision for your home. But first, what’s the best time of the year or season to replace your roof? And, what are the benefits of different seasons?

Every season will have both its advantages and disadvantages to undergoing a roofing project, whether that’s the weather, average daily temps, or other challenges roofers might face, particularly in that season. Additionally, some roofers might prefer one season over another simply out of preference.

Replace a Roof in the Spring

When it comes to spring, there are a lot of variables especially depending on where the home is located. Out east, where we’re located, spring brings a lot of precipitation and unpredictable weather patterns to our job sites. This can cause a number of setbacks and leave our team spending a lot of extra time waiting on the weather.

However, in warmer parts of the United States, spring might be the perfect time to get a roof due to the somewhat cooler temperatures. Roofers in Texas, Florida, California, and their surrounding states should take advantage of cooler temperatures when they can.

Pros:

  • Moderate temperatures make for an easier labor
  • Lighter schedule and more availability
  • More communication because of a lighter schedule

Cons:

  • Unpredictable weather
  • Rain and snow are common in much of the U.S.

replace roof in spring

Replace a Roof in the Summer

Summertime is often a roofer’s busiest season. Often it’s because this is the time of year that’s most associated with contractors and construction work. This is especially true in the northern half of the U.S., where temperatures only reach 90 degrees regularly, making it bearable in most cases.

While summer might seem like the perfect time of year for your next roofing project, you’ll likely run into an extremely busy schedule for the roofers. This business will make it difficult to get the job scheduled and definitely make communication more difficult.

Pros:

  • Good weather across the majority of the U.S.
  • Asphalt shingles go on best in warm weather
  • Less precipitation means fewer delays

Cons:

  • Heat can cause delays or slow progress
  • Roofers are very busy
  • Potentially poor communication with roofing projects
  • Materials can be delayed due to high demand
  • Higher chance for severe storms and high winds

handyman using nail gun to install shingle to repair roof

Replace a Roof in the Fall

Fall is one of the often-overlooked seasons for roofing. In states where snow is common, the end of fall is often not marked by a calendar but instead by the first snowfall or freezing temperatures. But the beginning of fall actually takes place in September, meaning that all of September, October, and November are fall months.

These months of the year tend to be dry, cool, and offer a good amount of sunshine. Fall is a beautiful time of year, and the cooler temps offer relief from the summer heat making it one of the best times to complete a roofing project. Additionally, because summer starts to wind down, so do the roofing schedules, making it easier to book a project.

Pros:

  • Moderate temperatures make roofing easier
  • Less chance for severe weather
  • More availability from roofing companies

Cons:

  • Chance of early snowfall and cooler temps
  • Some climates call for more severe weather during the fall

a professional roofer covers repairs during roof replacement in fall

Replace a Roof in the Winter

Winter is best known for its cold temperatures, snowstorms, and less-than-ideal roofing conditions. However, the winter months are often associated with holidays like Christmas and New Year, which can also put a damper on roofing projects.

While it might seem that winter makes doing any work outside impossible due to freezing temps or massive snowfall, it’s not at all impossible. Harsh weather and low temps will often keep roofers inside, but when a roof needs repair in winter, some safety measures can help keep everyone safe.

Pros:

  • More availability and open schedules
  • Freedom and time to spend fixing small problems before they get worse
  • Fixing cracks or damage to your roof can save on heating bills

Cons:

  • Cold temps make keeping warm difficult
  • Ice and snow create slippery surfaces
  • Some roofing materials won’t adhere well in the cooler temperatures

crew completing a roof replacement in winter

At WISA, we’re willing to tackle a roofing project in any weather. If you need your roof repaired or replaced, our team will do everything in our power to safely complete the job for you. Of course, weather can slow us down, but it won’t stop us from working diligently on your home.

Contact us today to schedule your next roofing project and ensure that your home is well protected for years to come.