It’s good news for the state as a whole that the approximately 2 feet of rainfall we’ve had since January has officially ended the drought that started last summer. The bad news for many homeowners is that the otherwise welcome rain may be exposing a problem they didn’t know they had: roof damage. “It’s a busy time in the roofing business,” says Mark Graham, vice president of technical services at the National Roofing Contractors Association, headquartered in Rosemont, Illinois. “It’s basically precipitation driven, and this year most contractors are pretty busy.”

Even if you don’t have damage but are thinking of replacing your roof before it wears out, now’s the time to start calling around so the work can be done before the really bad weather hits. “A small repair can turn into a huge problem in winter,” says J. Ryan DeCourcey, vice president of John DeCourcey Roofing in Stoneham. “When materials contract in cold weather, they start to crack and break. Asphalt becomes more brittle. And if you have ice on top of it, with the freeze-and-thaw effect, the ice can make its way into the roof.”

While contractors can work into the winter if necessary, cold-weather opportunities are “day by day,” according to DeCourcey, which means that many roofers will limit jobs to repairs necessitated by tree falls or other catastrophic events. You may be able to get a better price in the late fall, when companies have fewer jobs to juggle, but only if you can find someone to come out. “The weather gets a little more tricky,” DeCourcey says, “and on top of that some products don’t adhere as well in temperatures below 20 degrees.” Also, says Kevin Camponescki, project manager at Uni-Ply Roofing in Middleton, “some of the guys who will cut their price to do the job might not come back and fix it if there’s an issue.”

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Original Author: Elizabeth Gehrman

Original Date: July 25th 2017

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