Can Your Roof Be Installed During Cold Weather?
Obviously, when planning for roof replacement, the ideal time to take care of this is in the spring or fall. It is still completely possible in the summer but the high temperatures can make the work grueling.
However, the question about whether it is even possible to install roofing during the winter months is one many of our customers have, and rightfully so. The honest answer is that it is best to avoid cold weather replacement if possible, but sometimes it is not possible.
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"Cold weather" is considered any conditions when the temperature dips below 50° Fahrenheit and here are some of the reasons roofing at below this temperature is not the preferred approach:
- In colder weather, it is important to increase health and safety precautions for anyone working on your roof. Obviously, safety is always a priority, but there are new challenges that cold weather brings, such as icy conditions. Also, since roofing work does not require a great deal of movement, it becomes the perfect conditions for frostbite to set in.
- It probably also comes as no surprise that roofing materials are also affected by colder temperatures. If the weather is too cold, the asphalt shingles become frigid and brittle instead of pliable. However, if the shingles are stored in a warm facility and loaded right before installation, issues are usually minimized.
- There is also concern about adhesive seals not being warmed enough to do their job. However, this can usually be overcome, it just takes more work and planning.
So how can we compensate for these hurdles and still deliver quality results?
For one thing, it really is all about planning and being prepared. This includes planning the work day around when there is the most daylight and avoiding planning for days that have weather predictions involving storms.
Work production is slower during cold weather as well, so it is about knowing the project will take longer to complete. Better to take the time required to do a good job than to compromise the quality.
Of course, the job also requires the roofers to first clear away as much snow and ice as possible. This makes working conditions much safer and helps to prevent the likelihood of making a mistake like stepping on a skylight.
Jennings Home Improvements is the team to contact when you find yourself in need of a roofing company. We know what it takes to get the job done while making safety a priority and still ensuring the highest level of quality workmanship. Call us today to take care of your Frederick home.