What Is the Best Time of Year to Get a New Roof?

By Mark Soto 11-07-2022
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Summer and spring are some of the busiest times for contractors, and winter's wet and slippery conditions can make a roofing project hard to schedule in some regions. But don't worry if you're seeing a rapidly closing time-window for your roofing project and live in a seasonal climate: in some ways the fall can be the best time of year to get a new roof.

What Are the Advantages of a Fall Roof Installation?

In addition to excellent weather conditions to nail down your new roof before snow and ice season — and with really severe weather still a few months away — during the fall you might see a little more contractor availability as the super-busy summer season winds down. You'll also see happier contractors working on roofs when they're not baking in the summer heat.

Perfect Roofing Weather

One reason the fall can be the best time of year to get a new roof is that the temperature is above 45℉ and there's not much rain on the radar: perfect weather for roofing work. This is particularly important when installing asphalt shingles, since thermal sealing (the process by which the shingles' sealant bonds them together) requires warmer weather. The process of thermal sealing is crucial to ensuring your shingles are sealed on your roof so they will not lift in the wind, and so that moisture can not leak into your home. Also, during fall, contractors don't need to deal with the summer heat—allowing them to work more comfortably and efficiently.

Last Chance to Prepare for Winter

Fall is the last chance to prepare your roof for the upcoming winter season. Extreme snow, rain, and ice can damage your roof, and any existing issues only worsen during the cold. Small openings can grow larger and intensify leaks, a lack of air ventilation can lead to ice dams, and damaged shingles can further crack or deteriorate. A fully functional roof is better equipped to handle harsh winter weather and keep your home safe from water leaks.

Lower Heating Costs as It Gets Colder

A well-functioning roof goes a long way toward reducing your home's heating costs. A roof with cracked shingles or insufficient ventilation can reduce your energy efficiency and raise your energy bills—particularly as the weather starts to get colder. Getting a new roof ahead of winter can keep the heat inside your home more effectively and prevent cold from coming in, saving money on heating costs in the long run.

Autumn Is the Perfect Time for Repairs

Summer's intense sun and high temperatures can be unforgiving for roofs in some climates. The warm weather can lead to wear and tear on your roof and cause shingles to warp; summer storms threaten to bring excessive moisture and deteriorate roofing materials, while sharp winds can blow away or loosen shingles. A fall repair or re-roofing project can undo the damage done during the summer months.

As the winter looms, it's still not too late to make sure your family will be cozy and safe by making time for repairs and any other roofing needs you may have now. For help with your roof project — or for an inspection to make sure your current roof is ready for the season ahead — reach out to a GAF Certified Roofing Contractor*.

*Contractors enrolled in GAF certification programs are not employees or agents of GAF, and GAF does not control or otherwise supervise these independent businesses. Contractors may receive benefits, such as loyalty rewards points and discounts on marketing tools from GAF for participating in the program and offering GAF enhanced warranties, which require the use of a minimum amount of GAF products. Your dealings with a Contractor, and any services they provide to you, are subject to the Contractor Terms of Use.

Mark Soto is a freelance writer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has comprehensive knowledge of home improvement projects based on his previous work. Mark comes from a family of DIYers and has worked with landscapers, plumbers, painters and other contractors. He also writes about camping and his enthusiasm for the outdoors.
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