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Why Fall is the Best Season for Roof Work

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Roofing is complicated, demanding work.  Although there is some basic maintenance you can perform for your roof at home, we always recommend hiring professionals for any repairs or replacements.  The difficulty of a roofing job can increase depending on the time of year, the weather, and the height of the building.  If you need a repair or replacement done, fall is the most ideal season for roofing work and here is why: 

1.) Stormy Season is Over. 

By autumn, the intense spring and summer rains are over.  Storm damage is far more likely to affect your roof during those times of year, and fall is the perfect time to evaluate what shape your roof is in.  As rainy conditions can often turn into setbacks in the roofing schedule and other complications for quality, the drier days in fall make it far easier for a contractor to get the job done efficiently.  

2.) Ideal Temperatures

The consensus by professionals in the field is that the best temperature for roofing work is 45 to 50 degrees out.  A clear day in this temperature range makes for comfortable conditions for the workers and the roofing materials alike.  For example, if you are getting asphalt shingles put in during these weather conditions, it allows the seal strips to melt and attach to the roof in the best manner.  This process is called “thermal sealing”.  Your roofers installing them also have a much easier time working on a cool autumn day instead of under the sweltering summer sun.  

3.) Cold Weather and Shingles Don’t Mix 

In colder temperatures, shingles will break far more easily while roofers are trying to install them.  The manufacturer recommendation is generally to put them in when it is 26 degrees or warmer out.  They turn brittle when it is too cold, so workers may have to switch to nailing them by hand instead of by gun and this is a much slower process.  This will mean a higher hit on your wallet!  

4.) Sufficient Shingle Sealing

It is also important that the shingles have time to completely seal before winter arrives so they can properly insulate the home.  Having the repairs or replacement done in fall ensures there will be enough time for this sealing process and that your house will be protected from moisture and cold weather conditions sneaking inside.  

5.) Storms Return in Winter 

It is wise to get your roofing work completed before winter hits.  Brutal winter storms can really aggravate any leaks or current damage in your roof, worsening them quickly.  In places that have typically snowy winters, you also have to consider the weight of heavy snowfall as well as ice dam vulnerability.  Ice dams occur when the heat coming up from the home melts the closest layer of snow on the roof.  This then runs down to the edges where it refreezes, and any leaks below are doomed.  

6.) Lower Heating Costs 

If the reroofing or repairs are completed in fall, your home will be set and ready with proper insulation for the chilly winter weather.  This  means that you could enjoy paying less for heat to warm the house during those months.  Roof repairs or replacements are never cheap but always necessary, so it may as well be done before the cold comes in!

While it is true that some roofing contractors may be available at a lower price during winter and spring months due to business being slower, a lot of companies switch to other kinds of projects during those months.  Also, a lot of the workers take long-awaited vacations to avoid working in winter conditions.  And as outlined above, you run a greater probability of weather conditions impeding your roofing plans.  

Call us today at Durability Roofing and Construction to take care of all of your roofing needs before winter arrives!

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