“When should you replace your roof? ” The answer may seem simple, but the question can be a double-edged sword.
First, the right time to have a roof replaced can depend on the roof’s condition. For example, there may be signs that a roof is damaged and needs to be repaired as soon as possible to avoid major damage.
Secondly, the best time to replace a roof can also refer to the best time of year to do roofing work.
That said, we’ll answer both of these pressing concerns in the following article!
What are the signs that you need a new roof?
There are several signs that it’s time to plan a roof replacement.
Contacting professional roofers as soon as you notice any of these signs will help you prevent problems and maintain your property’s value.
Your roof is 15-25 years old
Generally speaking, professional roofers estimate the lifespan of a flat roof or pitched roof to be between 15 and 25 years. If your roof is more than 15 years old, you should at least have a roof inspection done.
Of course, if you’ve always taken good care of your roof, it could still be in excellent condition and may only need some minor work. On the other hand, if you’ve never really paid attention to the condition of your roof, it may already be in need of replacement even though it hasn’t reached its life expectancy yet.
Damaged roofing materials
There are a number of signs that may indicate that your roofing materials are damaged and have lost their protective performance over time.
For example, curled or missing shingles are signs of wear and tear that are easy to notice without even having to go on your roof. Shingle debris in the gutters is also often a sign of a roof that has outlived its usefulness.
You may also notice mold, moss, algae or even fungus growing on your roof. Besides making your roof look bad, these organisms will speed up its deterioration. They can also indicate a moisture problem due to poor roof ventilation and may require more than just a roof cleaning.
In other words, if you notice any problems with your roof, you should ask a professional for advice on the best option to restore its efficiency and appearance.
Water leaking through the roof
If water is seeping into your home through the roof, it is definitely time to have it repaired since it is no longer performing its primary function.
The first signs of water leaking through a roof are often brownish stains on the ceilings. However, if the water has made its way to the ceiling, chances are that the insulation materials on your roof and other structural components are also wet.
When is the best time of year to replace your roof?
Any roofer will tell you that you should not put off roofing work forever. As soon as signs of wear and tear appear or you suspect that your roof is no longer performing as well as it should, you should contact an expert.
Expert roofers will be able to inspect the house from start to finish to see if any deeper or sometimes even unnoticeable damage has occurred. They will also be able to make suggestions on the best option for your roof. They will assess the extent of the damage, if any, and how quickly your roof should be repaired.
Can roofing work be done in winter?
Contrary to popular belief, roof replacement can be done in winter as well as in summer. In fact, today’s methods of intervention and job site preparation are made easier by modern technologies.
However, the accessibility of the roads leading to the construction site by the workers must be considered. With Quebec’s harsh climate, there may be a need for snow removal before replacing your roof. This task can be handled by the homeowner or by the roofing contractor responsible for the project. Find out what pitched roof snow removal and flat roof snow removal are all about.
There are also additional costs for the installation of additional tarpaulins and weather protection structures. This means you can expect an increase of about 20% compared to the cost of a summer roof replacement.
Is spring, summer or fall best for roof replacement?
Under optimal conditions, the weather will of course be great for roofing. However, intense heat waves are often difficult for the installation of roofing materials such as asphalt shingles.
In short, if you aren’t in a hurry to renovate, spring is the best time of year to replace your roof so you can enjoy summer without being bothered by the noise outside.
Otherwise, fall is a good time to redo your roof because you will have a watertight roof in time for the winter snowstorms!
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In conclusion, the best answer to the question of when to replace your roof is as soon as you notice signs of wear! This will limit the extent of the problem and damages to other parts of your property.
When it comes to the best time of year to plan a roofing job, fall and spring are the winners. However, since roofing can now be done in the winter, you shouldn’t wait for the snow to melt before contacting a roofer if your roof is failing in the middle of January.
Have you decided that it’s time to replace your roof or at least have it inspected? Contact our team today!