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When is the Best Time for Roof Installation

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When Is The Best Time For Roof Installation

Peak roofing season in Michigan runs from March through October. Yet, you can’t always depend on having optimal weather conditions for roof installation. For example, we’ve had snow in Mid-April for the last couple of years. If you’re not prepared, this can cut your roofing season short. As a building materials supplier, we offer Vista® and Legacy® shingles, which can be installed in temperatures as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

Continue reading to learn how to prepare for the rest of the roofing season. We’ll also share more information about the shingle lines we offer.

Spring

As soon as the snow melts and the ground starts to thaw, temperatures may be high enough to start roof installation. Keep in mind that certain roofing products need to be installed in warm weather to avoid failing prematurely. For example, traditional asphalt shingles need to be installed in temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for the best results. Spring is one of the busiest times for roofing contractors.

Summer

You’ll notice business pick up significantly during the summer months. Make sure that you’re prepared for the extra business by stocking up on roof supplies. As a building materials supplier, you can always trust us to have what you need to install new roofs for customers.

Depending on your budget, you may also want to market your company more aggressively so you can compete with other contractors in your area. Since the demand for roofing tends to slow down as we transition to autumn, it’s important that you attract as much business as possible before winter.

Fall

Fall can be another busy time for roofers because it’s when homeowners scramble to replace their deteriorating roofs before the ice and snow arrive. Since summer weather is typically mild, many homeowners don’t realize they have roofing issues until autumn brings rain and high winds.

Ask us about our Vista and Legacy shingles from Malarkey Roofing Products®. These roof shingles are flexible so they can be installed in temperatures as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that you can continue installing roofs through late fall, as long as the weather is dry.

Before the Roof Starts Leaking

This may seem like an obvious answer, but you wouldn’t believe how many homeowners put off replacing their roofs until the last minute. While a new roof is an investment, it’s important customers know how every drop of water accumulates over time. If a customer ignores a deteriorating roof, they could end up with water damage inside their attic, walls, and the rest of their home.

What Do Roofers Do in the Winter?

Winter is the off-season for roofing contractors. Yet, some companies still offer roof replacement to those who need it most and can’t wait until spring. Roofs are more likely to leak under the stress of high winds, snow, sleet, hail, and freeze-thaw cycles. For example, ice dams form when the temperature of the roof is higher than that of the eaves.

As the snow melts on the roof, the water flows down toward the eaves. This water freezes into a sheet of ice once it reaches the cold eaves, preventing future meltwater from escaping. If the ice dam persists, the water takes the path of least resistance by seeping into ceilings and walls.

While contractors always have to be careful while working on roofs, even more caution is needed in the winter. Snow and ice make it easier to slip, so make sure you and your team use the proper footwear and fall protection equipment. Also, take your time going up and down ladders. Even the smallest patch of ice could make you lose your footing.

Call Eikenhout Today!

Eikenhout is a building materials supplier that serves contractors throughout Michigan. To learn more about our roofing supplies, call any of our locations in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Mt. Pleasant, Holland, Traverse City, Saginaw, Petoskey, Muskegon, and Kalamazoo. You may also fill out our online contact form.

This blog post has been updated.

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