The home services industry is usually able to work year-round. But as the seasons change, so does the ability to do certain projects.
One of the biggest industries impacted by this is the roofing industry. Because of this, a frequent question I get asked is, “What is the best time of year to replace my roof?”
The truth is, the answer is pretty simple. But that doesn’t mean it’s not an important or irrelevant question to ask.
For over 30 years, the team at Bill Ragan Roofing has boiled down the complexities of the roofing industry to educate homeowners like you so you can make the right decisions. Now I’ll help you understand when the best time of year for a roof replacement is.
I start this article by explaining how each season impacts a roofing contractor’s ability to replace roofs. After that, I’ll break down the best time of year to replace a roof.
How does each season impact a roofing contractor’s ability to replace your roof?
Every season impacts a roofing contractor and how they go about their work. So, before we get to the best time of year to replace your roof, you need to know how each season impacts a roofing contractor’s ability to work.
Let’s take a look at how the different seasons have an impact on roofing work.
Behind summer, spring is the second most popular time to make home improvements. With the winter weather gone and temperatures rising, spring is when roofing contractors start getting booked up.
Spring provides an ideal time to replace a roof without any extreme temperatures. However, spring also brings frequent rain, which can delay roofing work.
Depending on how much rain your area gets, your roof replacement may get pushed back or even delayed until the weather is drier and the roof is safer to work on.
Summer is probably the most popular season for home improvement projects in general. For roofing, it’s a great season for a roof replacement due to the warmer, drier weather.
The days are longer too, so there’s more time to work. However, summer does come with hotter temperatures and, depending on how hot it is, can make conditions unworkable or even dangerous for your roofing contractor.
While spring and summer are popular months for home improvement projects, fall is usually a roofing contractor's busiest season. Roofing contractors even can book up, and you'll have to wait a month or longer for your roof replacement.
While fall brings lower temperatures and improved working conditions, it’s also the start of wetter and colder weather which can impact roof replacements. Just know that fall is also popular for storm chasers, especially after the summer storms end.
They are notorious for supplying cheap materials and, more often than not, poor quality workmanship.
The cold temperatures can also impact roofing materials and the ability of your roofing contractor to work. Unfortunately, I’ve seen roofs being replaced in the snow and extremely cold temperatures.
When this happens, I guarantee there will be problems with your roof in the future. This won’t impact you as much if you live in an area that doesn’t see extreme winter weather, but it’s still something to keep in mind.
What is the best time of year to replace your roof?
Now you know how each season impacts a roofing contractor’s ability to work. So, what is the best time of year to replace your roof?
The best time of year to get a roof replacement ultimately comes down to where you live.
If you live in the south, there’s the possibility of replacing your roof year-round. But depending on the amount of extreme weather and temperatures in the summer, it’s not a bad idea to get a roof replacement in the fall or winter.
On the other hand, fall and spring are probably the best times to replace your roof if you live in a northern state or somewhere that sees frequent snow/ice. Just know that when you should get your roof replaced also depends on your roofing contractor's availability, urgency, and current circumstances.
So, if your roof has collapsed or has major leaks and structural problems, there is no right season. You need to get urgent or emergency roof situations taken care of as soon as possible.
Ultimately, there’s always the possibility for a roofing contractor to work through all four seasons. As long as you hire a local reputable roofing contractor that’s familiar with the weather in your area, they’ll help you determine the best time of year for a roof replacement.
What else do you need to know about getting a roof replacement?
Now you know that the best time of year to replace your roof depends on where you live. Remember, you’ll know the right season for a roof replacement as long as you hire a local roofing contractor.
But before reaching out to a roofing contractor in your area, there’s more you need to know about getting a roof replacement. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of information out there to go through.
That’s why I wrote another article that answers the most common questions homeowners like you ask in one place.
Since 1990, the team at Bill Ragan Roofing has replaced thousands of roofs for homeowners in Nashville and surrounding Middle Tennessee areas. No matter the season, your roof replacement is in good hands.