Why You Should Schedule Your Roofing Replacement Before Winter Arrives

Even though you may not like the idea of having to spend money on a new roof, it's best to replace your roof when it's damaged or worn out rather than put it off, especially if winter is coming. Fall is a good time of year to have a roofing replacement done. Here's why autumn is a good time to get a new asphalt shingle roof and why delaying until next spring might be a mistake.

Why Autumn Is A Good Time For A New Roof

Although early fall can be hot and humid, the weather tends to get milder as fall progresses. This makes working on the roof easier for the crew and could help the work go faster and with fewer interruptions.

However, the best reason to have a roof put on in the fall is that the weather is more predictable. The risk of delays is less than it is in the spring and summer when it rains more frequently. Plus, the temperatures are still in the good range for applying asphalt roofing. Once winter sets in, the temperatures may be too cold at times to have a new roof put on.

Why It's Good To Replace Your Roof Before Winter

A roofing contractor can give you the best advice about when to have your roof replaced. If your roof is still in pretty good shape, it might last until spring. However, if your roof is worn out or leaky, replacing it before winter is probably a good idea since winter can be hard on asphalt shingle roofs.

If the deck has rotted areas, the roof might not be strong enough to hold wet, heavy snow. The last thing you want is for snow to crash through your roof during a bad winter. If the winter is bad enough, you may not even be able to have your roof replaced right away. You might have to put up a roof tarp while you wait.

Freezing temperatures, freeze-and-thaw cycles, snow, and ice dams can cause roof deterioration over the winter. If your roof is already worn out, it may not take much to cause the roof to fail and start leaking. A leaky roof might make your home less energy-efficient and lead to problems like mold growth and water damage.

The switch from winter to spring is often sudden, and if spring comes roaring in with strong storms and frequent rains, scheduling a roof replacement could be difficult, especially since roofers start getting busy again once winter has passed.

If you know your roof is bad and your roofer recommends replacing it before winter, you may want to heed their advice so you'll have solid and strong protection for your home during the winter and be ready for wild weather that spring may bring.

To learn more, contact a roofing replacement contractor.