Brown paper packages tied up with string are nice. But knowing your family is safe from the impending winter weather? Nicer.
Contractors see it over and over again: it’s well into the fall and a customer’s roof has sprung a leak. Upon further inspection, it’s clear the entire roof needs to be replaced.
“Can’t it wait until spring?” they ask.
Depending on the state of the roof, completing a few repairs may preserve it until the more ideal spring and summer months. But if it’s obvious that any amount of snow or ice could create major problems, your roofing contractor will advise you to take action.
I know what you’re thinking: I have to buy all my family and friends gifts AND a new roof?
Here’s the good news:
Replacing a roof is least expensive in the fall and winter. In this offseason period, the cost of materials and labor are driven down by decreasing demand. Waiting until the spring and summer to replace your roof means difficult scheduling, longer lead times, and more expensive materials.
Dipping into your savings for a new roof is never fun. But cutting into your Christmas fund could mean saving all of those presents from roof collapse—which costs a lot more than an iPad.
Ensure Your Insurance
Before you reach into your pocket to replace your roof, take a look at your homeowner’s insurance policy. Most insurance plans cover roof repair and replacement for damage caused by forces beyond your control, like a neighbor’s tree or a hail storm.
Most insurance companies will not cover roof damage they determine has been caused by negligence including not trimming your own trees or having a roof past its warranty. If you stay on top of your roof maintenance, you’ll be protected in case of an emergency replacement.
Weather or Not
As we approach the snowy season, the weather is definitely a consideration when it comes to total roof replacement. When temperatures drop below 30 degrees, roofing shingles become brittle and hard to work with. Freezing temperatures are far less than ideal for the morale and workmanship of roofing crews.
Installing a new roof requires reaching the roof deck. Any amount of rain or snow make this surface hazardous, slowing the work down considerably. While Indiana residents can always expect some rain in late fall and early winter, there are enough consecutive dry days to complete a roof replacement with no issues.
In 2017, Indiana saw its first signs of snow around December 8. The current forecast for December 2018 suggests the white stuff will show up much later in the month, near to even after the Christmas holiday.
So, that means you’ve still got time to get you and yours the most important gift of all: peace of mind. Schedule a roof inspection today.