The roof is the one structural element of your home that affords you all the protection you need from the elements, and if you are a proud homeowner, you have to be serious about any roof repair or replacement that it needs. It is your responsibility to see that the roof of your home is always in good condition and ready to face any storm or weather that the season brings you.
Unfortunately, many homeowners only start giving attention to the roof when they notice that there is any problem with the roof like broken tiles or shingles or water leaking into the home. You can give your roof the needed attention if you get it inspected at least twice a year. Check it in the spring, when the weather is yet to get seriously hot and roofing materials are vulnerable to cracking or bending.
Check it again in the fall, so that your roof is prepared for the winter months and when your roof can be affected by ice and snow. You must also check your roof after any serious storm, something that people do, because they often find signs of roof damage with shingle, flashing and other parts probably fallen on the ground.
Roof repair costs can be high after storms, but even if you have an insurance cover, an insurer can reject your claim, if they find that the storm damage has aggravated a roof that was not otherwise in good repair. Take photographs of your roof after every inspection carried out by competent roofers so that you have on record the care you are taking for the roof. Photographs taken after storm damage will then show the difference of the care you have taken, and you should not have any problem having your claim for storm damage accepted.
Roofs will deteriorate in condition over the years and at some time it will point to the need for replacement instead of repair. Your roof is also calling out for the need for a replacement if you are having to constantly do some repairs on it after every inspection and in between. The best time to go in for major roof repair or replacement work can depend on your geographical location and the weather you have there, as this can lead to roofers having busy and lean seasons.
The weather is best for this work in late summer and fall because this is the time when the weather is the most cooperative. Roofs should not be repaired or replaced when there is a risk of rain or damp conditions, and this work is best carried out in dry months. But you will need to be aware that these best months for the work are when the roofing companies are at their busiest, and will, therefore, have higher rates. You have more flexibility in the timing of your roof work if your area has less rain and more sunny days.
Working on a roof is risky, even with the best of equipment and attention to safety. As a result, you will find that roofers pay a lot of attention to the safety of their workers and will on their own pay a lot of attention to weather reports and will not work if they think conditions are risky. Weather is more predictable in summer, and not so dependable in winter and spring.
You may not have the luxury of timing the repair or replacement of your roof, but you can have things under better control if you have ensured regular inspections, which will give you early warning signs of the need for the roofing work, and then you can time the work according to the weather and take any advantage that you can get from it, by avoiding work in busy seasons.