September 28, 2023
There’s really no good time for a new roof since a new roof installation is going to be extremely expensive and disruptive in any case. However, sometimes it’s necessary, especially if you have an older home whose roof is over 20 years old. So when should you have your roofing work done?
Each season has its own pros and cons, which break down into three basic areas: how busy roofers will be, likely costs, and whether the weather will affect installation. Let’s take a look at your options.
Which Season Is Best for New Roof Installations?
Summer is a popular time for all kinds of home renovation projects, and roof installations are no exception. In terms of weather, early summer is quite favorable, although later in the summer the heat and humidity may cause delays or installation problems.
On the other hand, because summer is popular for home renovation, contractors may be busy. Prices will likely be elevated, and you may be on a waiting list whether you like it or not. Workers will also need more frequent breaks, which can slow down work and increase costs.
Plus, high heat can damage shingles during installation, especially cheap asphalt shingles.
In theory, fall is the perfect time for a roofing job because the weather is typically very favorable. Temperatures will be mild, and while storms are always a possibility, they’re less common than in the spring. Shingles installed at this time should be in good shape.
However, the problem is that fall is incredibly busy for contractors, even more so than in the summer. If you’re thinking about a fall roof installation, you’ll want to set it up months earlier, so plan ahead. Also, expect significantly elevated costs due to the season’s popularity.
Winter has one big advantage for new roof installations: It’s the off-season for construction contractors, and you’re likely to get a good deal on labor from workers hungry for any job.
Unfortunately, everything else works against roofing in this season. Shingles are harder to install, and heavy snowfall or ice buildup can ruin work that’s already been done. There are also additional safety issues, and a higher chance of workers having accidents.
Spring is actually a very good time for roofing, for the most part. It’s less busy than in summer or fall, and temperatures shouldn’t be an issue. Prices and installation problems should be minimal… except for the rain.
Rain isn’t as bad for roofing jobs as snow/ice, but it can still be a major factor that delays work or drives up costs. Still, if you’re in an area that doesn’t see too many heavy spring showers, this might be the best time overall to have your roofing work done. Just be aware, as you get closer to summer, costs will go up and contractor availability will go down.
Get a Free New Roof Installation Estimate
If you expect a new roof installation in the next year, the time to start planning is now. Contact Advanced Roofing Solutions in Fayetteville, NC, to discuss your options.