When’s the Best Time of Year to Replace Your Roof? Yes, you can replace your roof in the winter in Kansas City!
On average, asphalt shingle roofs can last 20 years, but inclement weather like heavy rains, hail, or snow can shorten their life expectancy. Your roof is a key component of your home and its viability is not only important for your comfort but your peace of mind. So, whether it’s been 20 years of sunshine or Mother Nature has been unforgiving, roof replacement can be stressful all the same.
There are many questions that come with replacing a roof, and among them is, what time of year should you replace your roof? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.
Winter is a Good Option
Obviously, weather plays a huge role when it comes time for a new roof and winter months can be some of the harshest when it comes to working conditions.
It is true that extensive snow and ice can make even simple repair difficult and dangerous. A complete roof replacement in these conditions isn’t very practical.
However, we are lucky in Kansas City in that we often have mild winter weather. For instance, for the next few weeks of December 2018 we have lovely sunny days forecast, with high temperatures in the 30s, 40s, and 50s, which is fine weather for a roof replacement. Kansas City averages highs in the 40s even in January and February, with stretches of dry weather that make it quick and easy to replace your roof.
Of course, you also don’t want to prolong your decision until heavy snows of winter. It is best to get repairs and replacements done beforehand, especially if your roof is older as the added weight to your roof puts it at a higher risk of collapsing.
While there can be weather-based obstacles to roof replacement in winter, we have years of experience in best practices to ensure that your new roof will be properly installed!
There are also benefits to a winter installation – for instance, it is easier for us to protect you landscaping if it is dormant rather than in full bloom. You can also expect faster service, as roofers typically aren’t as busy in Kansas City in the winter months.
Spring and Summer are Most Popular
Spring and Summer months are also a good time for roofing repairs or replacements. Rising temperatures are a benefit, although we will plan accordingly to work around springtime rain. Additionally, spring and early summer can be excellent times to replace a roof as these are typically slower months for roofing companies.
However, there is a downside to scheduling services during the latter half of summer. As summer prolongs, not only does business see an uptick, but so do temperatures, which can affect replacing your roof in a few ways. For instance, with increased business in the late months of summer, it’s possible that you might have to wait longer for a roofing contractor to make it out to your home.
Another consideration is the amount of time it might take to complete the job. Though we complete most jobs in two days or less, scorching temperatures make for difficult working conditions and can limit the number of hours that workers can spend on the job each day. This would result in the job taking longer than it would in cooler conditions. If you’ve already had to wait a fair amount of time for a company to come out to your home, further delays might be out of the question.
These are all things to consider if you’re thinking of replacing your roof in the spring or summer seasons.
Fall Is Ideal
This leads us to fall. These months are the most optimal time for roofing work. These months precede the frigid temperatures of winter and aren’t too hot either. This allows roofers to work longer and more efficiently, resulting in your roof getting done quicker.
Replacing your roof in the Fall provides the luxury of not worrying that your roof will last through another snow-filled Winter. In addition, a newer roof is more energy efficient, saving save you money on heating costs (and cooling costs in the Summer).
With all the benefits that come with scheduling a roof replacement in fall, it must be noted that this is the busiest season of the year for roofing companies and it is suggested that you plan ahead.The season is busy, but with proper planning, scheduling can be easy. You can get an idea of what your roof needs by contacting us for a free estimate.
Don’t Delay Roof Replacement
The cost of roof replacement can be a scary thought for homeowners, and for good reason. There is no way around it; it is not a cheap investment. However, it is important. All too often people wait until that drip in the ceiling worsens or hold out and hope that their roof can hold out through just a few more months of snowstorms. This is a dangerous game that can result in secondary damage, which could have been avoided and ultimately cost less with a roof replacement.
Not only will there be extra costs from damage due to an emergency situation but putting yourself in that predicament will likely result in rushed decisions to get a roofer out to your home. This unfortunate situation could lead to settling for materials you don’t necessarily like and an overall lower-quality job done in a pinch.
If there is one take away from this, it is to prepare in advance. Give yourself time to identify your needs. Research which style roof you prefer, and which materials fit your budget before ultimately selecting a quality roofing contractor.
You can check out our blog for more useful information and help to decide what is right for you.