The most popular roofing material is the asphalt shingles. Depending on the type of the shingles, they can last between 20 and 50 years but note that, just like any other roofing material, they need some maintenance. There may also be need of intermittent repairs where leakage develops. However, with the right installation, the shingles will rarely need repairs anytime soon. One of the most important factors to consider in roof installations is the season.
Should you install the roofing during winter, summer, spring or fall? Here below is a guide on how to make this decision.
Winter is characterized by ice, snow, rain and hailstorms. In view of this, it may not the best time of replacing the roof. The cold temperatures can also affect the roofing materials by causing them to harden and become brittle. During this time, some materials such as shingle will even crack during the installation process. The sealants may also not work well during the cold season. However, note that roofing may still have to be done during the winter season in situations of emergency, such as when the roof gets blown by wind or show falls on it, causing leaks.
The spring season is characterized by less activities in the roofing industry and so the cost of roofing materials may be cheaper. The roofers are also not busy and thus their services may significantly lower. The time when most people undertake repairs or replacement of the roof is during the summer and fall seasons.
The summer season:
This is the best time for roof installations. However, there are some times during when the temperatures are too high, and may not be the best time to repair or replace the roof. Thus, the best time is the start of the season when the temperatures are warm and not too hot. Most of the roofing contractors are ready to install roofing all the time during the summer season. However, the high humidity and pressure may be a bit unpleasant to the roofers themselves and may also have adverse effect on the roofing materials. High heat can affect the asphalt in the shingles and soften it, and this may reduce their lifespan if they are installed in that state.
Just like spring, fall is characterized by significantly lower temperatures and thus roofers can work on the roof for longer hours. During summer, the roofing itself may get so hot, such that stepping on it or sitting there for long is very uncomfortable. In most counties especially in the Americas, fall is one of the busiest roofing seasons.