Fall is just around the corner… is your roof ready?
While summer is the ideal time to get a roof project done, many homeowners don’t replace their home’s roof until the rains come and the roof starts leaking. In fact, over half of all roofing projects take place between September and February.
We crunched Porch project data to find out when the most popular time of year is for roof projects, and it turns out the peak is actually in October, which accounts for 13 percent of all roofing projects.
Here’s how the rest of the year breaks down:
We also compiled data on 101 metro areas from Remodeling Magazine’s 2014 Cost vs. Value Report to find out where replacing your roof will cost the most, and where it will cost the least around the country. In the map below, dark green represents the most expensive metro areas to replace your roof, while light green is the least expensive.
With the exceptions of Chicago and Minneapolis, every one of the 18 most expensive markets to get a new roof are in California or the northeastern seaboard.
While replacing your roof can be expensive, in some markets (including many of those most expensive ones) you’ll make most of that money back when you sell your home. The top ten markets for return on investment all return 90 percent or better:
|Metro Area||Cost Recouped|
|San Francisco, CA||100.2%|
|San Jose, CA||96.6%|
|San Diego, CA||92.5%|
|Fort Myers, FL||91.1%|
Here’s how the cost, resale value, and return on investment works out regionally:
|Region||Job Cost||Resale Value||Cost Recouped|
There’s not much you can do to save money on a roofing project. This is one project where you definitely do not want to cut corners, as a poorly-done roof will only end up costing you a lot more in the long run.
If you suspect you might need to repair or replace your roof, don’t put it off until next month unless you want to be competing with the maximum number of other homeowners for your local roofer’s business.