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Thinking you might need to replace your roof? Knowing the best time of year to schedule a roof replacement can help you get the best prices and have the most options for contractors. Our team at GreenCal Construction has 20 years’ experience helping Southern California homeowners get new roofs. We share our experience so you can make the best decision for you and your family. 

First, let’s look at how often you should replace your roof. That mostly depends on the roofing material.  Roofadvisor.com lists the the average lifespan of these different roofing materials: 

  • ​​Composition Shingles: 12-20 years. 
  • Asphalt Shingles: 15-30 years. 
  • Wood Shingles: 20-25 years.
  • Rubber Roofs: 30-50 years
  • Metal Roofs: 50-75 years

Next, you want to be aware of signs your roof needs to be replaced:

  • Check the attic for light coming in through the roof, or stains and streaks from water.
  • Check your home records to determine when your roof was last replaced or repaired.
  • Examine your shingles. If you observe cracks, damage or buckling, your roof needs to be repaired or replaced, depending on the extent of damage. 
  • Check the gutters and downspouts for shingle granules—a roof that is losing a lot of granules may be at the end of its useful life.
  • Inspect the flashing around vents, skylights, and chimneys for cracks or breaks.
  • Look for signs of trapped moisture, sagging or rotting boards.
  • Check for moss growth, which can lead to rot.

qualified roofing contractor can help you determine if you need to repair or replace your roof.

Once you determine you need a new roof, it’s time to think about when the best time is for you to replace your roof. There are several answers to that question.

1. As soon as you notice a major issue. We understand a new roof is a big expense. But, putting off replacing a roof with significant issues will cost you more in the long run. Water damage can become a problem inside your home, increasing the scope of repair needed. 

2. Late summer or early Fall. If your roof doesn’t need immediate replacement, these seasons are generally the best times for roof replacement in Southern California. The cooler temperatures make installation easier and allow sealant to cure effectively.

  • What is the worst time of year to replace your roof?

Due to cold temperatures and precipitation, winter is the worst time for roof replacement in most of the country. Thankfully, that is not an issue here in sunny Southern California.

In fact, winter can be the cheapest time of year for roof replacement since most roofing companies are less busy in the winter. 

Regular roof inspections and maintenance are the best way to get the most life out of your roof. Needing to replace your roof unexpectedly is difficult. You may not have time to research options and make good choices on the type of roofing that would be best. You may have limited choices on available contractors. 

When you know your roof is nearing the end of its life, take time to educate yourself on the various roofing options available. Research and interview roofing contractors. Know what questions to ask a roofing contractor. Then, budget and plan for your new roof. Taking these steps can greatly reduce the stress and hassle of roof replacement. 

GreenCal Construction is here for all your roofing needs, anytime of year. Contact us today to get answers to your questions or to schedule a free consultation. 

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