The roofing season depends on where you live and the prevailing weather conditions. It is always wise to contact a local professional roofer to get more information on the roofing season. The best time to install a new roof is when the temperatures are neither extremely high nor low. There also should be no high winds and no precipitation.
While most roofers can work around any weather condition especially in an emergency, most prefer to work when the weather conditions don’t make their work more dangerous than it needs to be. Certain weather conditions can also impact the proper installing of a roof. If roofing has to be done in adverse conditions, you may have to pay more for the service.
In Canada, roofing season ends as the winter season starts. This is because when the weather is cold, asphalt shingles will not be exposed to sufficient heat needed for the sealant to activate. The shingles might, therefore, not seal until the temperatures rise.
In higher latitudes of Canada, winters take too long. As a result, roofers use business practices that help seal shingles manually in the cold weather. Shingles must also be stored in a warm place and additional precautions have to be taken to protect roofers from falls, frostbites, and other risks. All in all, most roofers choose to slow down their work during winter.
Roofing season usually slows down or ends as the summer season peaks. High temperatures are tough on the roofers. The shingles may also get too hot to touch. While some roofers may adjust their schedule to work around the sun, most choose to wait the summer heat out. The additional risk and cost to employees when working under the summer heat dissuades some roofers from working in summer.
Windy and rainy climates
When there are expected high winds or rainstorms, roofers may have to take a break. High winds may blow off laminate shingles and 3-tab shingles before the sun activates the sealant that holds them in place. It is unwise to have a roof installed before a hurricane. Roofers have to keep an eye on the season and expected weather so as to ensure the project is completed before the storm starts.
What is the best time to install a new roof?
In the event of an emergency, you should get your roof fixed immediately. However, if there is no emergency or rush to get a new roof, it is good to aim for weather conditions where there are no rains, strong winds, or extreme temperatures. You should also avoid peak roofing seasons as it may be hard to schedule a roofer when they are busy. In the cold climates, early summer is a good time to get a new roof. Late fall will be perfect for areas with warm climates. Contacting a roofer and conforming to their schedule may help get a discount for waiting until business slows down. Being in a rush does not, however, mean you opt for a roofer with a bad reputation. Quality services must always be a priority.