Do I Need A Roof Replacement?

Should You Wait Until Summer For Roof Replacement?

What Is The Best Time Of Year To Replace My Roof?

Do I Need A Roof Replacement?

Do I Need A Roof Replacement, Or Will Repairs Make It Sound?

Winter is nearly over, and you will soon get a good look at your roof for what may well be the first time in months. You might discover some causes for concern as you look over what the winter weather has done to one of your home's primary defenses against water damage, insects, rodents, and other intrusions that can cause expensive damage. If you've noticed signs of leaks inside your home, you obviously need to call for professional help, but some of the signs that your roof isn't performing at its best may be less obvious. Learning what to look for and getting routine annual roof inspections help you keep your roof and home in the best shape possible for years to come.  

Be On The Lookout For These Signs Of Roof Problems

If you notice any of these signs of a problem with your roof, schedule an inspection with a reputable and experienced roofer as soon as possible to get an accurate assessment of the issue and an professional opinion of whether it will be cost effective to make repairs.  
  • Flashing Or Boot Damage - As you look at your roof, you should see sheet metal parts called flashings wherever a vertical surface meets or horizontal one, like around the chimney, or wherever two different roof planes meet to form a valley. Getting a chimney inspection and sweeping will also be of benefit. Flashings are there to keep water from seeping into the roof in those vulnerable areas where water or ice may stand, or where a large amount of water will flow in heavy rain or snow. Boots are there to seal the plumbing vent pipe holes. Both of these types of seals can be damage by ice over the winter, leaving them ineffective. If you notice any bent flashings, or you can see a torn or missing boot, you need an inspection and repairs as quickly as you can schedule them to prevent further damage.
  • Damaged Or Missing Shingles - If you can see shingles that are warped, curled, torn, or missing, or raised nails, you need a professional inspection and opinion as to whether your roof can be made sound with repairs, or whether it's time for a roof replacement. Another warning sign that there may be a problem with your shingles if you're seeing more "shingle sand" on the ground beneath eaves or where rain gutter downspouts come out. Asphalt shingles can only shed so much of that granular coating material before they begin to fail at keeping leaks out.
  • Moss, Mold, Or Algae - When you see weird-looking patches of color on your roof, it's likely that you're seeing moss, mold, or algae, all of which can cause significant damage if you let them go. If there is debris like wet leaves stuck to your roof, that can provide a haven for growing harmful organisms, so you'll want to have that removed as soon as you can. Professional inspection will help you determine whether a good professional cleaning will solve your mold, moss, or algae problem, or if there is already shingle damage that will require repairs.

ProTek Construction can Assess the State of Your Roof

You can lengthen the useful life of your roof with routine annual inspections and maintenance, and by staying watchful year-round. Take care of small roof problems before they have a chance to become big, expensive ones, and your roof and home will take care of you and your family for years, without breaking your budget.   Whether your roof in in need of repairs or roof replacement, ProTek Construction can help. Contact us for a free inspection.

Should You Wait Until Summer For Roof Replacement?

Should You Wait Until Summer For Roof Replacement?

If you're considering roof replacement, it's a common perception that you need to wait until summer to get the work done. In reality, a qualified, licensed roofing company can replace a roof year round, and you can usually get a much better deal in the offseason.

Are Summer And Fall the ONLY Seasons to Replace Your Roof?

There is good reason people assume roof replacements are done in the summer and early fall - because they typically are! Late summer and early fall are the most popular roofing seasons. This is because the weather is a bit cooler, drier and more predictable. Roofers are able to work quickly and Roof replacement services.comfortably and complete more projects in a shorter amount of time. However, there is a downside for homeowners who plan roof replacement in during the summer and fall months. First, because it's high-season, you may have to wait longer to get on a roofers schedule - sometimes several weeks or even months. Second, roofing suppliers raise prices in spring in preparation for the summer season, and contractors might pass those costs along to homeowners. Bottom line: you may be paying more and waiting longer in the summer to have a new roof.

Planning For Roof Replacement In The Offseason

Winter and early spring are considered the "offseason" for roofers. The cold, rain and snow slow the roofing process down, but by no means do they make it impossible. Shingle manufacturers provide specific instructions for contractors to install during cold weather months. Shingles do require thermal sealing in temperatures below 40 degrees, so the project could take several days or even weeks, but you won't pay any more and you should be guaranteed to get the same quality installation and warranty as you would in the summer. The biggest advantage for the homeowner is pricing is typically reduced in the winter. Not only are roofing supplies less expensive, but roofing companies prefer work year round and often run specials in the offseason. Best scenario when planning on a winter installation is to use shingles that have NOT been stored in freezing temperatures. If the shingles have been exposed too long to freezing temps, when the crew is nailing the shingles that are too cold, they will crack underneath on the back side which can cause a shingle to fail and leak.

Don't Settle For Subpar Work

The most important thing is scheduling the work on your time, with your contractor of choice, and during the time of year when you will get the best deal. If your roof gets blown off in a summer tornado, you may have no choice but to go with the first contractor who can get you on the schedule, and pay whatever the price is. However, if you notice that your roof is beginning to fail, the smart thing to do is schedule a consultation with a roof contractor so that they can assess the health of your roof and give you a timeline for replacement. If it's summer and you can safely wait for replacement until winter, you will be able to use the best contractor in town and still save money.

Partner With A Reliable Roofing Contractor

Especially after storms, it's not unusual to see fly-by-night contractors pop up and offer quick and affordable roof replacement. Beware that not using a reputable roofer could lead to subpar work and warranties not being honored. Most contractors offer warranties based on the manufacturer's product warranties. Make sure to check what type of labor warranty is provided by the contractor so if a problem does surface within 1-2 years of a cold weather installation, you do not have to pay again for shingle repair or replacement. ProTek Construction offers quality and value that ensures your roof replacement is up to the highest standards. Contact us today for a free estimate.

What Is The Best Time Of Year To Replace My Roof?

What Is The Best Time Of Year To Replace My Roof?

Other than severe winter weather, almost any time during the year is a good time to replace your roof. The key is not waiting so long that the roof is severely failing and causing interior damage to your home, and then having to wait several weeks to get on a roofer's schedule or settle for subpar work.

Busiest Times Of Year For Roof Repair & Replacement

Late summer and early fall are the most popular times for roofers. This is due to cooler, drier, more predictable weather. While roofers prefer to work in this weather, they can properly install a roof in any weather. The downside of scheduling a roof replacement during the busy time is twofold: 1) you may have to wait weeks or even a couple months to get on the schedule, and 2) prices will be higher. Due to higher demand, roofing suppliers intentionally raise prices in the late spring in preparation for the busy season. Rest assured, it's not the roofing company price gouging you; it's just the nature of the business.

Doing Work In The Offseason

The best time to schedule a roof replacement is when it's not completely failing. If you see signs of disrepair that indicate you are going to need a new roof within the next year, you can get it done quicker and more affordably if you have it done in the winter or spring. While it can take a bit longer in these seasons due to moisture and temperatures, as shingles need thermal sealing in 40+ degree weather, roofers are proficient working in all seasons.


It's very important that you have complete understanding of the product warranty and craftsmanship warranty provided by the roofing material supplier and the contractor performing the work. Neither party's warranty should provide different guidelines or guarantees based on the temperature and season during a roof installation. A trustworthy, qualified roofing contractor will be able to share all the information you need to ensure you are comfortable with the timing of the installation, products used and labor skills and give the appropriate warranty paperwork based on the approved project scope.

Above All, Make Sure You Have Choices

If you suffer storm damage or wait until your roof is compromising your home and safety, you may be stuck with the first roofer who can do the job. Needless to say, you could end up with an inexperienced or unscrupulous contractor that does an inferior job or doesn't stick around for the warranty. The key to deciding when the best time to replace your roof is planning ahead. You want to have the luxury of getting estimates from multiple contractors and selecting the quality, price and timeline that works best for you.

ProTek Construction Is Your Choice For Quality Roof Replacement In Chicagoland

If your roof in the Naperville or greater Chicagoland area is showing signs of disrepair, the first course of action is a professional evaluation from ProTek Construction to identify whether repair or replacement is necessary. If you need roof replacement, our estimator will give you a realistic timeline so that you can plan ahead to get the best deal on your new roof. ProTek is the ONLY general contractor that provides a 15 year warranty on craftsmanship to give you peace of mind long after your new roof is installed. Contact ProTek at (331) 444-7380 for a free inspection and estimate on your roofing repair or replacement project. Mention blog code ROOF10 when scheduling to receive 10% off an approved roofing project.