What Happens When You Need Roofing In The Winter

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What Happens When You Need Roofing In The Winter

Your roof has no regard for the seasons. You may need a new roof, or major residential roof repair, even in the dead of winter. Can it be done? Some roofers are afraid of cold weather. Others, including Wyoming Roofing, are unafraid that winter is coming. 

Materials Matter

The roofing materials used to repair or replace your residential roof are weather dependent. For example, metal roofing, concrete tile, cedar shingles, single ply membranes (mechanically attached), and stone coated metal panels all tend not to vary much in cold temperatures. They are not softened or hardened by cold, though concrete tiles may become brittle. That means the installation or repair crew’s abilities are tested, but the job can be done. 

Fiberglass-asphalt shingles are another matter. They respond unfavorably to cold weather, so most manufacturers recommend their products be installed in temperatures above 40° F (4.4° C). Shingles lose their flexibility, the asphalt in them freezes, and the shingles become brittle and easily broken in very cold weather. 

All fiberglass-asphalt shingles have a strip of adhesive on them to allow them to stick together. This adhesive is nearly useless below 40°, meaning wind uplift can tug at the new shingles until temperatures climb in spring for self-adhesion. Dirt can also blow under these loose shingles and keep them from sealing properly. In addition, most shingle manufacturers do not warranty the shingles until the weather allows for the shingles to seal (which in Wyoming this could take months). For this reason, we do not work when the feels-like temp falls below 10 degrees.

Surfaces Matter

If a roofing contractor has a few clear days of mid-40° F weather, repairs or installation present no trouble. The crew will work more carefully, perhaps slowing the pace a bit, but the job will get done, ensuring a water-resistant roof for your Wyoming home.

The surface, though, matters a lot in winter. For steep-slope residential roofs, working in winter can be dangerous. Wet, icy or snow-covered roofs are no-go zones. The roof is slippery and unforgiving. Ice dams, deep snow, and unseen hazards abound. 

Some roofers will refuse to work in winter due to temperature and slippery conditions. Others will squeeze in a job into normally idle months. After all, crews need to stay busy doing something, and providing great service to customers is part of any good contractor’s strategy. However, the truly great contractors will not complete a project when they know it is not in the best interest of the customer.

Contractors Matter

The quality of a winter roofing project depends more on the contractor than the product. Some contractors feel they are performing superhuman service to work in winter. Others view it as part of their full service to loyal customers. Choose your contractor wisely. Ask hard questions about winter roofing and what the outcome will be for your roof. Contact us at Wyoming Roofing today, because we are not afraid of winter.

2019-12-13T09:18:23+00:00By |Blog, roofing|