If you’ve been putting off getting that new roof installed, now’s the perfect time to bite the bullet! Fall roof installations are favored by most roofers, and for good reason. The busy, hot summer season is over, and you’re likely to get your re-roofing job scheduled whenever is most convenient for you, but that’s just the start. Here are 7 more reasons to schedule your roof repair in the fall.
#1 Perfect weather
Roof work isn’t easy, and it’s not made any easier by the blazing hot Michigan summers. Fall provides the perfect temps for roofers to work and those lower temps are also better for the roofing itself. Most experts agree that roofing is best installed at temperatures between 45 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, exactly the temps you start to see in the fall. Temps like these ensure that shingles don’t stick together, but still adhere firmly to your roof.
#2 Smaller chance of storms
Spring and summer both bring heavy thunderstorms, especially in unpredictable areas like West Michigan. That can make it difficult for roofers to schedule jobs, and also inspect your roof fully to assess what needs work. Fall is a little more predictable because most of the heavy storms have stopped for a while and conditions are much clearer. This makes it a lot easier for your roofer to determine what services are necessary this year, and what can wait. If you’re looking to do a complete re-roofing, it’s also much easier for roofers to schedule in the fall, since they’re not so busy and the weather is much more predictable.
#3 Easier to install
Fall temps actually make shingles a lot easier for roofers to work with. If it gets too cold, shingles will become brittle and easy to break, but if it’s too warm, they get sticky and are difficult to handle. Fall offers the absolute ideal temperature for installing roofs, ensuring roofers can get your project done on time and on budget.
#4 Ideal sealing
Installing new shingles, or even a new roof, in the fall is a good idea because it provides shingles enough time to bond properly before the winter sets in. The weather’s still warm enough to facilitate proper bonding, insulating your roof, but not so cold that shingles don’t adhere properly. Installing in the fall ensures you have a healthy roof that seals out water, wind, and ice, and keeps your home warm and protected from the winter weather.
#5 Keeps your home safe through the winter
Michigan winters are especially tough on roofs because of the heavy snowfall, the freezing temps, and the high winds. Getting your roof installed before all the bad weather hits is the best way to keep your family dry and warm through the winter. The last thing you want is for your roof to develop a leak midway through the winter—it’s hard to find roofers who work in the winter, and it’s hard for them to find a good day to do the repairs. Avoid roof damage in the winter by simply doing fall roof repairs.
#6 Keeps pests out
Your attic is always an inviting place for woodland creatures, but it’s especially so in the winter. It’s a warm, dry place that people don’t frequent, which makes it an ideal space for chipmunks, raccoons, mice, and other little critters you might not want holing up in your home. By repairing your roof in the fall, you ensure any cracks and holes in your roof that might allow pests entrance are well-sealed. This works to keep little critters out before they even consider coming in.
#7 Save on heating
Finally, a new roof, or a recently repaired roof that’s completed before the snow flies, can save you buckets on your heating costs. Your roof is one of the first places to let heat escape if it hasn’t been properly maintained. A new roof is well insulated, ensuring you keep heat in, reducing your heating bills and helping offset some of the costs of the roofing or roof repair job you just had done.
Fall roof repairs are some of the easiest to schedule and the quickest to complete. What’s more, if you’re already having your roofer come out for your yearly inspection or your bi-annual gutter cleaning, then it’s the perfect time to bundle all those repairs into one! Some roofers will even offer discounts if you plan on having a few services done at once. If you’ve been putting off roof repairs, or that re-roofing project, now’s the time to schedule! Give Werner Roofing a call today at 616-844-5382 or request a free estimate online for your fall roof repairs now.