As the weather grows colder and fall rolls in, you may spend some time doing some yard work and work around the home. In the process, you might notice that your roof is beginning to deteriorate and will soon need to be replaced. Should you schedule the roof replacement in the fall or wait until spring? That depends. There are upsides and downsides associated with doing the roof replacement before winter comes.
The Upsides of Replacing the Roof in the Fall
The key benefit of replacing the roof in the fall is that you'll go into winter with a brand-new roof. You are far less likely to face winter roof problems like leaks, missing shingles, and torn-off flashing with a brand-new roof than with one that is aging.
A new roof will also be more energy-efficient. This is a big deal going into winter, which is the season when energy expenditure is usually the highest due to heating. A roofer will typically replace any old or worn insulation when they replace a roof, which will mean even greater energy savings.
Finally, you may get a discount when replacing the roof in the fall. Sometimes, although not always, roofing manufacturers discount their materials in the fall if they are planning on introducing a new line in the coming year. If they receive a discounted rate on materials, roofers will usually pass a portion of those savings on to you.
The Downsides of Replacing the Roof in the Fall
One downside of replacing the roof in the fall is scheduling. Fall is a busy time for roofers since many people are trying to get their roofs repaired or replaced going into winter. Your roofer may only be available on certain days.
Another struggle could be the weather. Temperatures and precipitation rates can get a little temperamental in the fall. If there is an early storm that rolls in when you're supposed to have the roof replaced, you may need to reschedule the project. Your roofer may also need to pause and tarp off the roof if it starts snowing partway through.
If you can find a day when your roofer is available and you think the weather will be good, replacing your roof in the fall is usually the way to go. It's hard to beat a discount and the peace of mind that comes from having a good, solid roof as you head into winter.
Contact a roofing contractor to learn more.