The serious winter weather that Wyoming experiences is hard on roofing. Wind, ice, snow, and bitter cold conspire against an asphalt shingle roof. If a winter storm damaged your asphalt roof, you should consider another roofing material. Why you should not install asphalt shingles in winter
* The major issue is cold. Asphalt shingles become brittle in temperatures below 40° F. and handling them during installation causes breakage unless stored in a heated enclosure and brought to the roof as needed.
* These shingles have a glue strip on the bottom of each shingle that melts in the sun and seals that shingle to the one below it, creating a seamless roofing surface. In cold weather this strip will not heat up and seal. This leaves the roofing loose and far more prone to wind damage and snow infiltration.
* Tacking the shingles down with spots of roofing adhesive during installation improves the outcome but adds to the labor and time of installation and does not yield as satisfactory a roof as asphalt installed in warm weather with lots of sunshine.
* Ice in gutters and ice dams on the roof will also impede proper installation of an asphalt roof, requiring extra measures to melt this out before replacing the roof can begin.
Hard roofs: those made of metal, slate, cedar shakes, and composites do not rely on being “seamless” after installation or a tar strip to hold them in place. These depend on fasteners (nails, screws, clips) that are not affected by temperature. Some require modifications during installation, but they install well and result in a secure roof. If you need winter roof repairs, contact us to discuss your needs.