Winter might not be the best time to replace your home’s roof, but circumstances don’t always give people a choice. The weather’s cold and damp, with fewer daylight hours to complete the work.
However, it is certainly possible to have your roof replaced during winter, and in some ways, it is even preferable. Following are some of the benefits and issues with a winter roof replacement.
Significant Damage Discoveries
Let’s say your home just weathered an intense storm, and you didn’t get a chance to have the trees in your yard trimmed that year. A large branch could fall on the roof and leave a gaping hole. If your roof were already due for replacement, it would make complete sense to have the whole roof replaced immediately.
If a fire were to break out in one of the rooms in your home and it burns through the ceiling, it could damage the integrity of your roof, making it dangerous and unstable. In this and similar situations, you would be best suited to having the entire roof replaced as soon as possible, regardless of the time of year.
You could also discover significant damage to your roof while cleaning out your rain gutters at the start of winter. The additional damage to your home’s ceilings from roof leaks during the rainy Mobile, AL winter may also justify replacing the roof immediately.
Consider Your Local Weather
The cold weather during winter does affect roofing tools and materials to a degree, but it could also benefit you as the homeowner. Most roofs have asphalt shingles, and the shingles self-seal to each other using the sun’s warmth. During winter, the weather may not reach a high enough temperature. Experienced roofers who do quality work know this. They will hand-seal every shingle, ensuring integrity and attention to detail for your new roof.
Caulking can crack, and nail guns may not work as well in temperatures below freezing, but you can rely on experienced roofers to know when to stop work because of inefficiencies due to freezing weather. On the other hand, the hot, oppressive Mobile, AL summers put workers at risk for heat illness and other issues. Since daytime temperatures in Mobile don’t go below freezing very often, the cool temperatures could make it easier for the crew to finish the work quickly.
More Favorable Rates
Roofing companies often stay very busy during summer and fall, but in winter, you might find off-season discounts that can save money on your roof replacement. If you have your roof replaced in late winter or early spring, you may also receive the benefit of lower materials costs.
Keep in mind, though, that roofing companies that perform high-quality work often stay busy year-round. When it comes to a new roof, the lowest price isn’t always the best. A good portion of your roof’s longevity comes from the quality of the installation, not just the materials.
Protect Your Home’s Value
Your home’s roof is an investment, and having it replaced when needed can protect the integrity and condition of the remainder of your house. Choose an experienced company with licensed, certified roofing staff to ensure you get the quality roof you need for your home.
At Guy Brothers Roofing, we will assess your roof’s current state, its remaining life expectancy, and the repair or replacement options we can provide. Find out how Guy Brothers Roofing can help with your roof project by calling us today!