For most people it would be preferable not to have to replace their roof at all. And for most roofers, the best case scenario to replace a roof is a warm sunny day.
Unfortunately, for homeowners and roofing contractors alike, these ideal scenarios rarely happen. In many parts of the country, winter is exactly when roofs fail. Snow and ice can build up causing leaks to occur. Shingles can become brittle in below freezing temperatures and crack, and ice dams can form causing moisture buildup – and eventual leaks – in gutters and downspouts.
It is situations like this that leave homeowners wondering if they should address their roofing problems now – by replacing the roof – or wait until summer, and more optimal conditions. A roof is arguably the largest investment a homeowner will make in a home, and it is understandable that when replacing it, you want your roof to last. Many homeowners fear that winter temperatures can lead to shingles that don’t seal properly, and ultimately a roof that will leak again.
But when it comes to roofing in the winter, ultimately what determines whether or not the roofing job will be successful is the experience and skill of the roofing contractor. A roofing contractor who regularly installs roofing systems in the winter will be able to take into consideration the several factors that lead to a successful winter roofing job. For example, what is the actual temperature of the roof? A roof temperature can be as much as 20 degrees higher than outside temperature due to factors such as the color of the shingles, and heat circulating through the home’s attic. An experienced roofing contractor will also know whether or not additional roofing cement will be needed to help the shingles adhere, and how to adjust the pressure from the nail gun to prevent cracking the shingles. Lastly, a roofing contractor who works in the cold will have experience using tools in the cold, and will know whether or not an air compressor, and nail gun can work effectively given the temperature.
In short, the answer is that a roof can be installed quite effectively in the winter and many companies install roofs year round. However, installing a roof in the winter also means finding a licensed roofing contractor who has experience with winter roofing.
For more information on roofing you home in the winter, hail damage, or weatherization, visit ASAP Roofing, a national roofing company with offices in Denver, Dallas, Salt Lake City, and Indianapolis.