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What is the Best Time to Replace a Roof?

Are you having issues with your roof? Are you considering whether you should repair or replace it? If you’re asking yourself these questions, then you must be having some problems with your roof. In that case, the best time to repair or replace it is right now.

The average life expectancy of a roof is 15-20 years. Of course, it all depends on the weather your roof is exposed to, the quality of craftsmanship, and materials used. Roofs that are exposed to extreme weather changes and regular storms should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. However, we at 1-800-HANSONS know that it’s a major home improvement project, so we advise you not to start without a plan.

The Best Time to Replace a Roof

In Michigan, the roofing season lasts from March to October when the weather is friendly. The most predictable and consistent weather is in the fall, which is important because it has minimal impact on people working on the roof, the workability of the materials, and the performance of the tools. The downside of redoing your roof during this time of the year is that all contractors will be pretty busy, so booking your project in advance is highly advisable. 

Replacing a Roof during Winter

If you can avoid booking a winter roof replacement project, be sure to do it. Winter rooftop installations are hazardous, low temperatures can affect materials and tools, and the project cannot be continued during snow, ice, or rain. Asphalt roof shingles are low-quality materials that can become brittle in freezing temperatures. However, we at 1-800-HANSONS use rubber composite shingles that can be mounted during winter because they maintain elasticity all year round. 

With the right materials and an experienced crew, winter roofing installation comes with certain benefits. Since it’s not roofing season, contractors are typically less busy, so you can book them almost immediately and even get a discount.

Warning Signs

If you noticed some of these warning signs, it means that now is the time for a roof replacement. 

  • Missing or curling shingles. If some shingles are missing, then others will definitely follow, and that’s a sure sign your roof has reached its end. Curling shingles can tell you that your attic ventilation is poor, that they were not installed properly, or that they have reached old age.
  • Roof age. When your roof reaches a certain age, you should have it inspected to make sure it’s in good condition. If any of your roof layers is more than 20 years old, you will need a new roof.
  • High energy bills. A roof with gaps lets hot air flow out, which can lead to unusually high energy bills.
  • Moss and mildew are health hazards that should be handled by a professional. Moss grows its roots into the shingles, pulling them apart and damaging them.
  • Granules in the gutter. Shingle granules are expected on new roofs, but if it’s older, then you might have a bigger problem to deal with. When granules fall off, shingles overheat, and their integrity deteriorates.

Urgent Roof Replacements

In some situations, we don’t have time to plan for a roof replacement because serious roof issues need to be dealt with as soon as possible. Regardless of the weather, things will only get worse if you let the issue sit. Water can infiltrate your house, causing more damage to the roof and leaking into your living area. In case of less significant damages, your roof can be repaired or partially re-roofed.

If you want your roof inspected or replaced – feel free to reach out to 1-800-HANSONS. Contact us today for a FREE roofing estimate!

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