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When is the Best Time to Replace Your Roof in Nashville, Tennessee?

August 21st, 2020 | 5 min. read

When is the Best Time to Replace Your Roof in Nashville, Tennessee?

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Learning you need a roof replacement for your Nashville home is never fun news to hear. To make it a little less stressful, it's important to learn as much as you can. 

One of these important things is knowing when the best time to replace your roof in Nashville, Tennessee is. Because we want you to have all the crucial information you need, we're going to break it down for you.  

The team at Bill Ragan Roofing has been replacing roofs in the Nashville area since 1990. Our workmanship ensures you get a new roof that lasts for decades. That’s why we offer a lifetime warranty

By the end of this article, you'll learn when you should replace your roof in Nashville and how to know it's the right time to replace your roof.

And at the very end, don't forget to grab your free checklist of questions to ask a roofing contractor to ensure you find a great one in the Nashville area. 

When should you replace your roof in Nashville?

Because of the weather we experience in Nashville, roofing contractors replace roofs year around. However, your roof needs to be replaced under the right conditions. 

Your roof must be dry (no rain or snow in the forecast) to be installed properly. If a roofing contractor comes to your home to do any roof work when it’s raining or snowing, I can guarantee you’re going to have problems. 

I also recommend that if the temperature is below 40 degrees, shingles shouldn’t be installed. For example, very few shingle suppliers can keep their shingles indoors.  

The bundle of shingles will sit outdoors, get wet, and the bundle will freeze once the temperatures get low enough. The problem with this is, the slightest bend in shingles will cause them to break and crack. This makes the shingles completely ineffective. 

A reputable roofing contractor should always allow your shingles to warm up if they freeze or not install them at all if the temperature is below 40 degrees. 

How do you know it’s the right time to replace your roof in Nashville? 

You just learned that you can replace your roof (under the right conditions) in Nashville year round. So, how do you know when to replace your roof? 

Continue reading to learn the main signs that it’s the right time to replace your roof. 

Your roof is near the end of its lifespan

The lifespan of your roof is the number of years you get out of it. For example, a standard 3-tab asphalt shingle roof has a lifespan of 25 years. 

As long as your roof has been properly ventilated and installed, you should get pretty close to that 25 years of roof life. So obviously you want to replace your roof before it starts leaking or fails completely. 

A reputable roofing contractor will recommend that you replace your roof somewhere around 80-85% of the manufacturer’s life of the roof. For example, you should consider replacing a 25-year roof around the 20-year mark. 

Don’t wait until it’s too late, get ahead of any potential problems and replace your roof before the end of its life.

Your roofing materials fail prematurely 

Your roofing materials should live as long as the manufacturer specifies. However, there are cases when your roof fails prematurely and leads to a roof replacement well before you should need one. 

Two of the common causes of premature roof failure are improper roof installation and inadequate attic ventilation

When your roof wasn’t installed using correct roofing techniques, you’re going to find shingles in your yard or even full sections sliding off your roof. If your attic wasn’t properly ventilated, then the damage from the trapped heat and cold will drastically shorten your roof’s life.

Be aware, when your roof isn’t properly ventilated or properly installed, the manufacturer’s warranty on your roofing materials will be voided. This leaves you with only your contractor’s workmanship warranty to fall back on to replace your prematurely failed roof.

Extreme weather hits your roof

The weather and storms in Nashville your roof faces factor into how much wear and tear it goes through. But that isn’t the only thing you have to worry about when it comes to Nashville’s weather. 

This may seem obvious, but heavy storm damage (tornado, straight-line winds, hail) will also lead to a roof replacement. If high winds come through and rip up your shingles or a tree falls on your roof, then clearly, you’re going to need a new one. 

If you have a metal roof system, then hail damage to your metal panels will lead to a replacement if the integrity of the metal is compromised. But for an asphalt shingle roof to be replaced from hail it has to cause damage to the soft metals (downspouts, gutters, vents, or flashing) that are on your roof. 

Whatever kind of storm damage your roof has, it’s important to know if your roof is covered. Read this article on replacing your roof through homeowner’s insurance.

How to find a great Nashville roofing company

You just learned you have to replace your roof in Nashville under the right conditions. You also learned the signs that it's time to replace your roof. 

Now that you know when you should replace your roof, are you ready to hire a Nashville roofing contractor? If so, you need to know how to spot a great one from all the options in our area. 

That's why you need our free checklist of questions to ask a roofing contractor. This 16 question checklist gives you the power to make the right hiring decision all your own. 

Don't get taken advantage of by a less than reputable roofing contractor, keep scrolling to get your free checklist. 

The team at Bill Ragan Roofing has provided high-quality roof replacements to the residents of Nashville since 1990. Our workmanship and attention to detail ensures you and your family get peace of mind. If you think we're the right fit for you, contact us to get the best looking roof in your neighborhood. 

Whether you think we're the right fit for you or not, you need your free Checklist of Questions to Ask a Roofing Contractor

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