Can You Replace Your Roof During the Winter Months?

There is often the misconception by homeowners that they cannot replace their roof during the winter months.  While there are challenges that are unique to installing a new roof during the frigid temperatures, it is certainly not impossible.

We often see homeowner’s wait until they have significant issues before making the decision to replace their roof.  While there are myriad of reasons why this happens, it often seems to creep up more so during the winter months.  Especially when there have been major snow or ice storms.  The weight of snow and ice quickly escalates already existing issues and leaves homeowners with little choice but to replace the roof.  The benefit to replacing their roof during the winter months is typically because contractors have more flexibility with dates and can accommodate the homeowner’s schedule more so then during the warmer seasons.  In addition, sometimes the manufacturers decrease the cost of materials.  However, there are certain aspects that need to be considered.

Most manufacturers of shingles have detailed requirements regarding the temperature at which the materials can be installed.  Often the temperatures need to be 26 degrees Fahrenheit or above for normal installation practices, but it is possible to install shingles in lower temperatures. Certain tools and most adhesives cannot function properly when the temperature is below specific thresholds. Therefore extra precautions and different processes need to be taken during the installation process on the more frigid days. In addition, most manufacturer’s warranties are not compromised when the shingles are installed below a certain temperature.

Some types of roofing materials should not be installed at all during the winter months.  For flat roofs, PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) and TPO (Thermoplastic Olefin) materials can safely be installed.  However, rubber roofs (and their alternatives) should not be installed in temperatures under 40 degrees Fahrenheit because the adhesives cannot set.   For the sloped roofs, as we mentioned above shingles can be installed with caution.  Metal roofs can easily be installed with little interference due to the temperatures.

Overall, it is best to regularly check your roof at the beginning of each season to get ahead of any potential issues.  No one wants to deal with the surprise of a complete roof installation no matter what time of the year.  As always, call us if you may suspect an issue.  Estimates for repairs and roof replacement are always free.

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