Fall: The Best Season To Get A New Roof
Fall is the season of change. Leaves are changing color, the kids are back in school, and you get back to your normal routine. It’s the time of year you start to cozy up inside and enjoy the crisp air. It is also the best season to get a new roof. The weather is more ideal for roofing, roofing materials adhere the best, and it’s a good time to prepare for the harsh winter weather ahead. Fall is a great time to make a transformation to your home and upgrade to a new roof, whether it be asphalt shingles or metal.
The weather in the fall is perfect for getting a new roof. The storms from the summer are over and the brutal winter ones haven’t started yet. It’s also ideal for roofers. They don’t have to battle the heat of the summer or the bitter cold of a Northeast winter. The temperature is ideal to be the most productive and efficient while working outside and to have your roof open for a short period of time.
Going into the cold winter months you want to make sure that your roof is in the best condition. Any current damage to your roof will only get worse throughout the winter due to heavy snowfalls and ice dams. It will exacerbate the current wear and tear on your roof by ice freezing and melting and expanding in any small holes or cracks that you have causing them to expand. Also, heavy ice buildup can overload roof flashing and tie-ins.
Winter is also a time when critters are looking for a nice place to cozy up. If your roof has any tears or holes it makes it that much easier for them to expand them and make a home for themselves. While you may be a nature lover it is less than desirable to have a squirrel or chipmunk in your roof or running around your attic.
Another great reason the best season to get a new roof is the fall, is that the typical temperature range is ideal for roofing materials. Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material in the United States and they do best when installed between 45 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat of the summer can cause shingles to stick together and the cold of winter can cause them to break when placing them on your roof. Also, when shingles are applied at the ideal temperature they form an airtight barrier that protects against rain and snow and are less likely to be blown off by high winds. They also have time to settle before the cold temperatures come and therefore the proper thermal sealing can adhere.
You also need to keep in mind that that shingles adhere the best when the temperature doesn’t drop below 40 degrees at night. This is important to note as a fall day in the Northeast can can have temperatures that jump from 35 degrees at night to 60 degrees during the day. Therefore, it is a good idea to keep an eye on the weather and get your roof done before the temperatures start dropping at night.
Having your roof replaced in time for winter can save you money. A new roof means a more efficient home when it comes to heating and cooling. The rising heat is no longer escaping through any holes or cracks you had in your previous roof. Therefore, you are keeping the heat inside and your energy bills down. It also keeps your home cooler in the summer months meaning your energy bills will be down all year long!
Fall is a great time to beautify your home and the best season to get a new roof as you prepare for the winter months. Regardless if you want asphalt shingles or a metal roof, it’s the ideal weather conditions for doing the work and for the materials (as long as it stays above 40 at night), it will prepare your home for the winter, and save you money on your heating bills. If you are ready to make the change and get a new beautiful roof you can get a free quote here or contact us here with any questions that you have!
Not ready to get a new roof this fall? We are already taking reservations for new asphalt shingle and metal roofs in the spring. Get your roof at the top of the list today!