When is the Best Time to Replace a Roof?

Homeowner Learning

Author: Amy Freeman | July 10, 2023

Just like a hardwood floor or a fresh paint job, no roof lasts forever. If you're planning a roof replacement and aren't facing any emergency, knowing the best time to replace a roof is key. In warmer climates, many roofing contractors operate year-round, so you have the opportunity to schedule a replacement at any time of the year.

To figure out the best time to replace a roof, consider the pros and cons of each season.

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If you have the option, is it better to replace your roof in spring, summer or fall?

Roof Installation in Spring

Spring can be the ideal time to replace your roof for a few reasons. The weather is starting to get warmer, the days are getting longer and the humidity isn't too high. Since the spring is the start of a roofing season, you might find that roofing contractors in your area have better availability than they would in the summer — provided you get the ball rolling for your project early in the season. Prices for labor and supplies might also be lower due to reduced demand.

One potential concern with replacing a roof in the spring is that the weather can be difficult to predict. There can be weeks of rain and unexpected cold snaps or unseasonable heatwaves, affecting the installation of roofing materials such as asphalt.

Roof Installation in Summer

The early days of summer, before the temperatures really climb and the high humidity kicks in, are often among the best times to replace a roof. If you're able to get your roofing project underway before demand peaks, you'll likely receive lower prices.

Since demand can be high in the summer, it's possible a contractor might not have room in their schedule until later in the season when it's very hot or humid or when there is an increased risk of hurricanes and summer storms. Waiting until later in the summer means you are more likely to experience project delays, often due to weather. The project's costs might be higher than at other times of the year due to greater demand for limited supplies and workers.

Roof Installation in Fall

Fall is another popular time of year for roof replacement. When you schedule roofing work for the fall, you have the opportunity to fix any damage caused by summer and spring storms. You can also strengthen and protect your roof against any potential damage from snow and ice. The weather in the fall also tends to be ideal for working on a roof, as the temperatures aren't too hot or too cold.

One potential issue with scheduling a roofing project in the fall is that everyone else might be trying to do the same thing. Fall tends to be the busiest season of the year for roofing contractors. It's better to schedule your project well in advance rather than waiting until the last minute. Increased demand for roofing contractors and supplies might also cause the price to be higher than in other seasons.

Roof Installation in Winter

If roof replacements are still possible during wintertime in your area, you'll have more choice between contractors, as winter is often the slowest season. A decreased demand for roofing services can get you the best possible price on your replacement if you decide to schedule it during the colder months.

One thing to keep in mind is that colder temperatures prevent some roofing installations from happening. Frigid temperatures can delay the thermal sealing process, where adhesive cures and asphalt shingles lay flat. Many contractors will decline to operate if it's too cold to prevent installation problems and protect their crews' safety.

Being proactive about roof repairs and replacement lets you schedule your roofing project at a time that works best for your schedule, helps you get the best price and protects your home from significant damage. Talk with your local contractor to find a time that works for both of you.

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