Is it possible to install a new roof in winter?
People mostly residing in cold weather realize that the roofing seasons’ are the spring, summer, and early fall. People in these areas schedule on getting their roofs done when the working days are long and the temperatures are clement. However, it’s possible to get done with the roof even in extreme climatic conditions.
The real question is “Should one install”? The response is, no, not unless it’s an emergency. But sometimes things happen, and people have to get a roof installed during the winter months as well. Perhaps the house that is sold needs a renovation which will become a necessity of the roof maintenance. There might also come a time where a tree fell on the roof and had to be replaced.
Is there still a quality roof installation for the people who need to put in these situations even during winter? Well, the answer is yes. For most homes, a new asphalt shingle roof can be installed during the winter, provided that proper precautions are taken. While installing a new roof even in the winter season, you have to keep the following things in mind:
1. Hire a trustworthy roof installing agent/agency
When roofers cut corners during winter work, this can create a dangerous situation. Before they can start work, the team will need to clear any ice and snow off the roof, and if the surface is slippery, they will need to slow down for safety. Another consideration is temperature. Roofers can’t wear heavy gloves or boots as they can’t grasp the nails or bend their toes to maintain their balance, and working at cold temperatures is painful and can be riskier than it seems to be. Roofing is already challenging work. Additionally, heavy winter clothing puts weight that can make climbing up and down and round the roof difficult.
To protect both your home and the roofing crew, it is important to hire a roofing contractor who will assess the weather conditions and make a fair determination as to whether it is safe to work that day or not.
2. Thoughtful use of Roofing items
When the temperature is below zero, the compressors and nail pistons used to build shingles might get icy inside due to the low-temperature. The nail gun will not drive the nails to the right depth when the airflow is reduced. This can cause a severe accident in the work field. As a result, your roofer will have to monitor and adjust the gun depth constantly, thus slowing down the process.
3. Consider welding shingles in cold weather
Similarly, the query arises whether shingles can be inserted in extreme weather or not? Sure, it can be installed but with precautions. As the temperature drops the asphalt substance in the shingle might lose its pliability and resistance. Bending the shingles and making them as straight as an arrow will become more difficult. Being more “brittle” when using regular pressure in the system, they will be more likely to be overdriven by the nails.
But, if the crew is more responsive to the work and takes the time to do it correctly, there are ways to deliver a proper installation. Another important matter to take more profound cogitation is whether the implementation of shingles in cold weather increases the chance of blow-offs. It’s possible to hand seal them to combat these problems. Hand sealing shingles means roofing cement under each shingle is applied by the roofers to hold it down until the roof heats up enough to cover the shingles.
4. Winter Roofing can take longer
In under frosty conditions, the sealing for all roofs does not occur. If it is not an extremity, generally roofers will wait until there are a few days of concurring temperatures to do the job. Likewise, since days get shorter during winter, it’s obvious that winter takes a longer time duration for roofing.
5. Probability of warmer roofs than the air temperature
Heating at home and airflow at the attic can increase the roof temperature. The sun can affect the heat of the roof, too. If a span of sunny days is predicted, this can create more favorable installation conditions even if outside it is very cold. Proper storage of roofing materials can also reduce the risks during winter installations.
6. Get the best price even during winter
One advantage of repairing the roof during the winter is that roofers are generally busy in spring, summer, and fall, so you can get a roof built at a lower price during colder months when there’s less work to go around. And since there are fewer clients, even the biggest contractors should be able to get you into their schedule quickly.
7. Stop further roof damage
Either you repair or replace a roof in the winter, probably due to a problem that either causes a roof to leak now or could leaks once ice and snow are piled on the rooftop. In such a situation the longer you wait for your roof to be fixed, the worse the damage could become. So, save your roof from further damage.
8. Some Contractors might not work during Winter
Roofing in the winter can be dangerous. Slippery or damaged surfaces are more likely to cause a serious accident. Ice dams cause further complications. Winter projects can take longer, and some teams don’t have the manpower to devote themselves to these installations. While considering installing a roof, you must realize the contractor you are considering to build your roof will work or not. As few contractors will not work during extreme cold and might not take your contracts. So, it’s always better to have an alternative choice when it comes to the installation of a new roof during the winter season.