Best Time for a Roof Replacement in New Jersey

A roof can last many years. At the top end of the price spectrum, slate, copper, and tile roofs can last about 30 years. A wood shake roof lasts about 30 years, fiber cement shingles last about 25 years, and asphalt shingle/composition roofs last about 20 years, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Asphalt composition shingles are the most common because they are economical and easy to install.

If your home has an asphalt shingle roof that has been on for over 15 years, you should be looking at replacing it in the next few years. Allied Roofing Solutions, your reputable and locally owned roofing contractor in New Jersey, can replace your roof with the best materials available so you won’t have to worry about it for years to come. But, you may be wondering when the best time of year is for a total roof replacement. In this article, we give you important information about when you should and should not replace your roof.

Best Season for a Roof Replacement

A roof can be replaced during any season but the general consensus is that the best season to replace a roof is fall. Temperature and weather are two of the most important aspects in having a successful roof replacement (outside of the contractor’s ability). In fall, you usually have the best temperature and weather. The ideal temperature range for roof installations is between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (21-27 degrees Celsius). Beyond that, the best time to replace a roof is determined by your availability, your contractor’s availability, and the weather. Generally speaking, there isn’t a better time to get your roof replaced than before it starts to have problems!

Winter

If you live in an area that experiences cold temperatures dropping below 40 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter, don’t choose to replace your roof during this season unless you absolutely must. It really is too cold for the shingle adhesive to fully activate. Additionally, many roofing products have adhesive properties that require the sun’s heat for activation, which can be a factor during winter. If shingles are applied below 40 degrees without the specialized adhesive, you can risk having the warranty voided. 

Spring

Spring can bring good conditions for a roof replacement because of the milder weather and lower humidity than summer. However, while spring has mild temperatures, there is usually an abundance of rain that impedes smooth progress in roof replacement. When the days begin to warm in the spring and the likelihood of snow lessens, you can consider roof work, especially if there are days when the sun is shining to activate the adhesive for sealing. Spring is considered a slower season for roofers than summer and fall so they may have more availability, making it easier to schedule. 

Summer

Summer is usually the time everyone chooses to replace their roof. The weather is usually predictable and the warm temperature makes the project go without hitches and delays. But, it really depends on where you live. Places that get extremely hot in the summer, like Florida or Nevada, may make it prohibitive for roofing contractors to work safely. Roof temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit cause the roof shingles to become fragile and the sealant to become too soft. The sealant will activate, but it won’t harden immediately. Additionally, a state such as Florida with its hurricane season from May to November can make the summer very busy with roof repair and replacement so that it is difficult to get a replacement scheduled.

Fall

Fall is the absolute best season for roof replacement. September, October, and November transition to cooler temperatures, producing a prime time for roof work.

There are two main reasons fall is an ideal time to get your roof replaced:

  • Temperatures are moderate as compared to summer or winter
  • Mild weather with fewer storms in the fall season

Fall’s daytime temperature being above 40 or 45 degrees, not too hot and not too cold, is perfect for installing asphalt shingles and for roofing contractors’ comfort. Curing time for shingle adhesive to seal depends on the manufacturer and should be taken into consideration when choosing the season for installation. Generally, the temperature on the roof must be at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit for 24 to 48 consistent hours so the shingles adhere correctly.

Contact Us for Total Roof Replacement in New Jersey Today

Are you anticipating needing to replace your roof? If so, call Allied Roofing Solutions. We are committed to providing high-quality roofing services. Our multi-step roof installation process ensures that you get a top-quality job with no skipped steps. We use the highest quality roofing components for durability so your roof lasts a long time. Please call us today for a free estimate on our services at 201-773-0633 or fill out our handy free estimate form.