The best and worst times throughout the year
Roof repairs, for the most part, are no easy feat. Most repairs take a decent amount of time to be completed, which means your home can be temporarily exposed to the elements if the weather doesn’t hold up. Of course we do all we can with tarps, protective shields, and placeholders, however, if precipitation or winds become strong enough, there is potential for damage to be done.
It’s important to try and plan your roof repairs around the seasons so you can have the most simple, seamless process without any hiccups. While your needs may require to act fast, no matter the weather or the season, the following tips can be a useful guide to consider if you have the ability to plan for your repairs.
Not too hot, not too cold, fall is the perfect time for roof repairs. For starters, the temperature is much more comfortable than any other season, so workers are able to get through the day without struggling through oppressive heat, excessive rain, or severe cold. Precipitation is lowest during the fall, so you shouldn’t have to anticipate hold ups due to storms, and because the heat has ceased, the materials used to make repairs are able to adhere and form a protective, airtight barrier easier than during the hot, humid summer months. Additionally, taking care of any issues you have before winter comes will help prevent damage from snow, ice, and brutal temperatures.
Summer is the hottest time of the year, but it’s also the driest—usually. This makes June through September a decent time to fix your roof. The days are brighter and longer, which gives your workers the opportunity to work longer if need be, however, the humidity that comes with summer can be a deterrent. Extreme humidity and heat are not only dangerous conditions for workers, but they can also lead to warping and inadequate installation due to sealants not adhering properly. While it’s impossible to predict Midwest weather, if you’re going to repair your roof in summer, try to plan it out for a week where temperatures are more mild and humidity is low.
April showers bring May flowers, which makes April—and the rest of spring—a gamble for roof repairs. The temperatures may be warmer, however, the rainy season can bring sudden downpours of precipitation, which can delay work for several days. If you roof has leaks, cracks, or weak shingles, the heavy rain can cause even more damage before repairs can be made. The good thing about repairs in the spring is that costs often go down a bit due to the slower demand. If you can get lucky enough to dodge rain and storms, spring can be a good time to get your roof ready for the rest of the year.
Between the cold, the snow, the ice, and the blustery weather, winter is not a good time to work on your roof. It poses dangerous working conditions, if not impossible, and most materials that need to adhere to form a seal won’t be able to in the low temperatures. Beyond that, shingles can take much longer to set once installed than in any other month. To keep workers safe and ensure the repairs you need are done to the best of your contractor’s ability, it’s advisable to wait to have repairs done until after winter passes.
Accidents happen. You may not always be able to schedule your roof repairs at the ideal time, however, if possible, it’s best to think ahead and plan for repairs during one of the better times of year, ideally in the fall. Reach out to us and we’ll help you determine if and when you need to have maintenance done to your roof.