Are you getting anxious about your roofing project?
You may be starting to second-guess your decision to get your roof fixed right now, or you may be worried that delaying it for a few months isn’t wise either. You want to know once and for all: What is the ideal time of year to schedule a roofing project, both for weather concerns and financial reasons?
When You’re Not in a Rush
If you ask any seasoned roofing contractor when the best time is to start a replacement roofing project, all reputable companies will have the same answer: When you aren’t in a rush. A roofing project is a major investment — possibly one of the largest financial improvements you will make to your home over the course of your ownership.
Planning is key when scheduling a roofing project. Don’t wait until you have leaks to call a roofer. Keep abreast of your roof’s condition by doing periodic interior and exterior inspections, and reviewing all documentation regarding initial installation and warranty coverage.
Peak-Season Rush vs. Off-Season Lag
Of course, as with any type of contracted home improvement, your roofer of choice is going to be busier at different times of the year. Typically, fall is a roofer’s busy season. The consistent dry, seasonable weather in many areas of the country is viewed as ideal for roofers to complete their work.
The off-season for roofing projects usually begins in the winter. When it’s cold and snowy, you may become more intimately acquainted with problems with your roof due to ice dams and developing leaks, and you could save significantly on the financial side by contracting work to be completed during this time.
Most roofers will offer a better price when their schedule is empty, and you may be able to obtain multiple competing quotes from many potential companies.
Roofing materials can be installed at all temperatures, but there’s a reason some seasons are busier than others for roofing contractors. Extremely high heat or below-freezing temperatures are less-than-ideal atmospheres for efficient, quick shingle installation. In addition, high winds and heavy precipitation only make the work harder, and the contractor must take more time to make sure the roof is installed correctly.
When to Wait, When to Initiate
Overall, it’s never wise to jump into action after panicking over a roof leak. You need to first get multiple quotes and hear what experienced roofers have to say about the state of your roof. Don’t be impulsive, but also don’t gamble with a decaying roof, hoping it will last “just one more year.”
Small problems can quickly turn serious if they go unaddressed, and may result in a much larger bill than you anticipated.
Talk to Knockout Roofing for more information on how to plan for a successful roofing project no matter the season — our team’s experience and knowledge has you covered.