With temperatures and precipitation quickly dropping, it’s possible that you’re noticing problems with your current roof. It could be a small issue, such as missing shingles, all the way to a roof that is suddenly leaking into your home. Winter combined with replacing your roof may not seem ideal–or even possible–but it’s actually quite doable!
Technique is Key
Given the harsher weather conditions this time of year, it’s important that proper techniques are used to ensure your roof lasts for years to come. The following techniques are often employed for the best possible outcome:
Keeping The Shingles Warm- The first step is to be certain the roof shingles remain warm prior to installation. This can easily be done by storing them in a heated garage or warehouse immediately prior to delivery.
Proper Sealing- It’s also important that the proper sealing techniques are employed when the weather is cold. This could mean hand-sealing the shingles with quality asphalt roofing cement or other approved adhesive. A great deal of care needs to be taken during this step.
Issues With Roofing Installation in the Winter
The ideal installation temperature usually falls between 40 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, due to a risk of asphalt shingles cracking in anything cooler. Therefore, it’s important that your roof not be replaced at a temperature cooler than 40 degrees. While this may mean waiting a bit longer, in the long run you’ll be happy to have the peace of mind knowing your roof has been done correctly.
Another reason that temperature factors in so heavily is because self-adhesive roofs have a very difficult time sticking if the weather is too cool. Also, if you’re thinking “Oh, I can avoid the temperature issues if I don’t use self-adhering, asphalt shingles!” you’re still taking quite a risk.
Roofing materials outside of asphalt carry their own set of risks. Fiberglass shingles easily fracture in cooler temps during installation, and shifts from freezing weather can also cause breaks very quickly.
Is There an Upside?
Despite these obstacles, it’s still totally acceptable to replace your roof in the winter. Additionally, you’re very likely to find a great deal on the installation due to it being a slower season.
What if I Just Need Maintenance?
Even if it’s not necessary to completely replace your roof this winter, you may still need repairs or maintenance done on it. First and foremost, you need to be extremely cautious when walking on shingles when it’s cold out. They can break easily, and you don’t want that. Additionally, activity on the roof can possibly break the sealant bond, so you need to be ready to seal them by hand if they begin peeling.
The Bottom Line
Do not hesitate to contact professionals to come take a look at your situation to help determine what steps need to be taken to keep you and your loved ones safe and dry this winter–even if that means a total replacement. We will always steer you in the right direction!