The perfect time for roof repair and replacement is during fall when the outside temperature is cooler and before the severe winter weather sets in. In fall, any damage from summer storms can be more easily uncovered to determine what repairs are appropriate. If the repairs needed are extensive, especially if the roof is very old, fall is also a great time to do a complete new roof installation. Here are the benefits of doing roof work during the fall.
Fall Temperatures and Weather are Optimal for Roof Work
It is best to install new roofing when the outside temperature is between 45ºF and 50ºF. This mild temperature makes it easier for workers to repair roof damage or to install a new roof. Delays from rainstorms can affect a roof installation. Fall is a good time to do roof work because rain is less likely.
Extra care needs to be taken when nailing shingles in colder weather conditions. When the temperature gets colder, working with shingles is more difficult. In colder weather, shingles become brittle and may break when roofers nail them to the roof causing more material waste. For these reasons, fall temperatures are the best for roof repairs or new roofing installation.
Better Sealing of Roof Shingles
Modest outside temperature helps the thermal sealing process used to install asphalt singles to make sure that the shingles attach firmly to the roof. Doing roof work in the fall allows the shingles to make a better bond with the roof before the winter weather set in. Shingles are more flexible when installed at the proper temperature. This improved adhesion to the roof provides better insulation from outside colder temperatures and more protection from moisture.
Fix Problems Before They Get Worse
By taking proactive measures, any problems from pre-existing roof damage can be eliminated before the problems get worse. Ignoring previous roof leaks is very risky because a smaller hole gets larger and leaks get bigger. Snow makes a roof that has problems become much worse. This happens at a bad time because making repairs during winter is much more difficult. In heavy snows, the weight of the snow may cause extensive damage to weakened roofs.
Save on Winter Heating Bills
By taking care of roof repairs, adding insulation, and/or installing a brand new roof, your home will have more protection against the winter cold and bad weather. A new roof installation reduces the energy costs of heating a home during winter, which helps offset the cost of a roof renovation.
Fall is a good time to have the experts from J&J Roofing, come out for a free estimate for any needed roof repairs or a new roof installation to get your home ready for winter.