Ask around, and you’ll hear a variety of opinions about the right temperature or time of year for roof replacement. Warnings generally apply to asphalt shingles, which can crack in freezing temperatures or get very soft in hot weather.
If you have the freedom to schedule your roof replacement far in advance, here are some considerations for the best time to replace a roof.
Replacing a Roof in Summer or Fall
In New England, summer and fall have the best weather for replacing a roof—when it’s most likely to be the ideal combination of dry and warm. Extreme heat makes asphalt roof installation a little tricky, and rainy conditions pose an issue for any kind of roofing material.
On the other hand, summer and fall are also the busiest seasons for roof replacement. There are more new construction and remodeling requests thanks to pleasant weather and people wanting to upgrade a roof before winter.
Badly damaged roofs should be replaced quickly so don’t delay just for better weather. Experienced roofers know how to work in any conditions.
Replacing a Roof in Winter or Spring
Winter and early spring have a few factors working against them. Snow and rain can delay a scheduled roofing installation. Freezing temperatures can make the process go more slowly because asphalt shingles need warmth to adhere properly.
For slate roofs, wood shake roofing, and other materials that get nailed down without adhesives being necessary, low temps are less of an issue.
Sometimes you can save money by getting a roof replacement in the off-peak times because the material suppliers have lower prices. Your Baltimore roofing company might have more dates available to schedule, too.
Roof Replacement Can’t Always Wait
You can wait a few months or more for some common roofing problems. Cosmetic issues such as algae growth can be cleaned up. Small amounts of broken or missing shingles after a storm can be repair or replaced.
Some signs that you need re-roofing as soon as possible, regardless of whether it’s the best time of the year for roof replacement:
- Sagging areas on the roof
- Asphalt granules are washing into the gutters
- You’re well past the roof’s life expectancy
- Roof leaking into the attic
- Excessive cupping, curling, cracks