Fall Under a New Roof
Have you ever wondered when the best time to install your new roof is? While a roof can technically be installed throughout the entire year, fall is ultimately the prime time. After the spring and summer storms and before the winter freezes, autumn offers wonderful weather for a new roof installation.
1.Temperatures play a part.
Hot summers leave us roofers with long days working around multiple water breaks, spending more time separating shingles from the packages. Heat stroke is not something that a roofer looks forward to, so having the opportunity to install a roof in the fall makes for an easier day with more dedication to a safe install.
On the more technical side, while there are many different types of roofing products today, asphalt shingles are the most popular in the United States, especially in our region. The ideal temperature for installing asphalt shingles is above 45 degrees Fahrenheit as the shingles can become brittle and difficult to work with if temperatures fall lower. Shingle manufacturers typically recommend the shingles to be installed above 30 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent breakage while the nails are being driven. Autumn still provides enough time and ample warmth for flexibility and enables the adherent of the shingles to seal down properly before the harsh winter elements arrive. This sealing creates an airtight barrier to prevent the elements from compromising the integrity of the shingles, a process called thermal sealing.
2. Addressing Issues Before Winter
We strongly urge homeowners to inspect their roof in the Spring to ensure that a roof is ready to withstand the storms to come, but inspecting in the Winter is even more important. Spring and Summer storms can wreak havoc on a roof. Even if you do not visually see something from the ground or haven’t noticed leaks, that does not mean that the roof is up to withstanding the elements it will soon be up against, as the winter will amplify any damage that is already pre-existing.
3. Winter Savings
New roofing materials are more energy efficient than ever before. Certain shingle manufacturers have developed products that test and qualify for the Energy Star rating. Upgrading your roofing materials as well as attic insulation can help with energy savings by helping to reflect solar energy and by decreasing the amount of cool and warm air transferred in and out of the home. Products that are Energy Star approved also help qualify homeowner’s for a Federal Tax Credit. Ask us about our Energy Audits!
4. Out of Towner’s Have Hit the Road
Spring storms bring contractors (fly-by-nights) from other states to our hometowns. These fly-by-nights’ come in, set up shop and disappear when things start to calm down. By fall, most of them have their roofs installed and have fled back to where they originated from. This will help you in narrowing down to choose a local, licensed and reputable contractor that will serve you in the years to come after your roof has been installed. You will also be comforted to know that the job will not be rushed in order to accommodate for all of the other roofs to be installed in such a short period of time.
We may not be waterproof, but our priority is to make sure that your roof is! Book Your Appointment Today! 405-790-0109