3 Important Factors to Consider Before Re-Roofing During Winter
If you’ve started to notice something wrong with your roof, you may be wondering if you can even have it fixed now that cold temperatures are starting to roll in. While most people choose to have their roof replaced during the spring, summer, or fall months, it’s not unheard of to have a winter installation. There are no set guidelines that say you can’t install a roof during the winter, just a few factors that can determine whether it’s a good idea or not.
There does come a time when no one should be putting their safety at risk for the sake of a job. Once ice, snow, or freezing temperatures settle in, roofers can end up slipping or messing up. They can’t work on ice or snow, and the gear they would have to wear to keep warm can be heavy and get in the way. Also, while perhaps not intentionally, they may cut corners in order to get the job done faster and get out of the cold.
The main risk of roofing during the winter is having nails under driven as a result of tools mis-performing or the materials not bending properly in the cold. Compressors and nail guns are the two tools that typically won’t perform well in freezing weather. Roofers have to take precautions and keep the freezing air in mind to adjust appropriately to install a roof properly.
A common question is can asphalt shingles physically handle being applied during the winter? Remember, these shingles are intended to protect your home during winter. While they do become brittle in cold conditions, as long as they are stored in a warm place and loaded just before installation, they will be just fine. The other concern is that the sealing strips on the shingles won’t bond properly. This can be true in windy areas, in which case an adhesive roof cement would be added to the underside of the shingles to keep them in place while the sealant bonded. This cement isn’t always needed, however, considering a roof will actually be 10 to 20 degrees warmer than the air’s temperature. It naturally soaks up the sun.
So What Should You Do?
If you’re still unsure, the best thing you can do is have your roof inspected. We can tell you if your roof is okay to wait until spring or if it needs immediate repair to prevent further damage or expense. Major holes in the roof can cause your heating bill to increase, calling for immediate repair, while a less major issue such as one loose shingle might be able to wait until spring. Or at least until a warmer day. Here in Middle TN, we are more likely to have warmer winter days than in other areas, allowing more time to replace your roof. January and February are the two main months to avoid, though even those months have seen warm weather perfect for roofers. If you think your roof can’t wait until spring for improvements or replacement, give us a call, and we’ll come out and inspect your roof to determine how you should proceed with your roof.