The best time of year to replace your roof actually depends on a number of factors. Obviously, the condition of your roof should always be the most important consideration in roof replacement, but when there are no imminent threats to your roof and quite your property, you have some flexibility as to when to replace your roof. Still, even when your roof is in reasonably good condition, ie not currently leaking or likely to start leaking in the near future, the timing of roof replacement can affect the overall cost of the job. In most cases, the cost of the job and the risk associated with the job will determine the best time of year to replace your roof.
So let's talk about money. Depending on your geographic location and the weather of that location, roofers tend to have busy seasons. In rainy climates, roofers are significantly busier during the late summer and fall because this is when the weather is most cooperative. Some roofing structures can not be replaced when there is risk of rain or dampness, and as such these roofs can only be replaced during the deadline months. As such, late summer and fall are the most expensive seasons for roof repair or replacement. Alternately, warm, sunny climates that see little rain allow for more more flexibility with regards to the timing of roof replacement.
In addition, the risk associated with replacing your roof not only affects the cost of the replacement, but also the safety of the roofers. But even discounting the roofer's personal risk, an unexpected rain shower can mean thousands of dollars worth of water damage. The best roofing contractors watch the weather closely, and the most responsible professionals ensure that they do not conduct replacements when the weather is likely to turn sour. This factor refers back to the busiest seasons, as weather is much more predictable through the summer and early fall than winter and spring.
Neverheless, not everyone has the luxury of replacing their roof at a particular time. Ask any experienced roofer and he (or she) will be able to recall plenty of cases where a catastrophic leak was discovered at the worst possible time. In fact, major leaks are not typically a problem during the dry seasons; homeowners are most likely to discover a problem during inclement weather. As such, it is important for homeowners to take preventative steps to ensure the quality of their roofs. Regular inspections by a professional roofer can help you spot minor problems before they develop into major problems. Spots on the ceiling, sagging ceiling material, wet or darkened wood features, and other signs of water damage are not usually appropriate until you have developed a major leak. So, to prevent a costly emergency repair or replacement, be sure to hire a roofing professional to inspect all aspects of your roof at least every other year.