Published on: Oct 20, 2015 by Admin
As the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder, it’s hard to ignore that winter is on its way. While you’re putting your summer clothes into the attic, you may notice some water damage from last year’s insane winter. When cleaning your gutters, you may also find some damaged roof shingles. While it’s easy to brush off some minor wear and tear water damage or damaged shingles may indicate that you need a new roof. Don’t wait until spring to get your roof replaced, as doing so can exacerbate your problems. Early fall is peak roofing season, and for good reason.
It’s no wonder why fall is many New Englanders’ favorite season. The colorful foliage is breathtaking and the weather is just cool enough to start wearing sweaters. Early fall is considered to be the busiest time of the year for roofing companies because of the ideal weather conditions. Unpredictable summer thunderstorms are over and your roofer can work more efficiently because the weather is temperate.
Asphalt roofing is the most common type of roofing material used, and weather conditions in the fall make their installation much easier. Asphalt roofing is best installed when it’s between 45 and 50 degrees because the shingles don’t stick together when they’re removed from the packaging like they do during the summer. They’re also less brittle than they are in the winter. Manufacturers suggest installing shingles in temperatures over 26 degrees because cold shingles are much more fragile. If it’s too cold out, a roofing gun cannot be used because it will break the shingle, and each must be hand-nailed.
A roofing system performs properly when the asphalt shingles have time to settle and seal before the cold winter months. The tar-to-asphalt sealing strips melt together to form an airtight and watertight barrier that will prevent leaks and water damage. Not only will this prevent damage to your home, the shingles are less likely to blow off in strong winds.
If you’ve experienced a winter in New England, you know that they can be cold, long, and unpredictable. Any damage that you’ve discovered can only get worse during the winter with its freezing rain, ice, snow, and sleet. Small leaks may not be your problem; you could face the possibility of your roof collapsing with the weight of a heavy snowfall or ice dams. It’s best to be proactive instead of dealing with emergency roof repairs last minute, which can be extremely expensive.
Are you thinking about having your roof replaced? Don’t wait to schedule an appointment with a roofing contractor. Make sure to book an appointment several months in advance so that your roof can replaced before the harsh winter months arrive. If you wait until the middle of the fall, you will likely end up waiting until spring to get your roof serviced!
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