Can You Replace a Roof During Winter?

Icy and cold winter weather isn’t ideal, but you CAN replace a roof in winter.

Icy and cold winter weather isn’t ideal, but you CAN replace a roof in winter.

There is no ideal time of year to realize you need a new roof, but a windy, snowy day in the midst of winter may be among the scariest. Even replacing a roof during the winter is possible. 

To understand more about how winter roof replacements are carried out, keep reading.

How Winter Weather Effect the Processes of Roof Replacement?

There are a few particular things roofers need to keep in mind throughout the winter.

  1. Materials

  • Shingles

The best temperature range for installing laminate shingles is between 4°C and 26°C; below 4°C, as they may become brittle and more likely to crack and break. This does not imply that they cannot be installed in cold weather. Instead, it indicates that greater care is needed.

  • Sealant

In order to hold shingles together and keep them from lifting in the wind, shingles are made with a self-sealant strip that activates in the heat of the sun. Cold temperatures can slow this process down, as you might imagine.

When replacing a winter roof, we are required to use six nails per shingle, whereas the majority of roofing firms only use four. This method establishes a solid and secure grip so your shingles can endure winter weather.

  1. Tools

The cold has an impact on more materials than just sealant and shingles. Even some of a roofer’s most frequently used tools, such as nail guns and compressors, might suffer during the winter. Some of the steam and humidity in their lines will unavoidably turn into liquid and freeze when compression tools release air into them jeopardizing the tool’s performance.

  1. Health and Safety

  • As a homeowner, it’s important to make certain that the roofer you hire is committed to taking the essential precautions to ensure the safety of the people and crews working on your roof.
  • Verify the roofer is insured for both general liability and workers’ compensation. You can be held responsible for paying for medical expenses and damages if the roofer is uninsured and something goes wrong.
  • Enquire about the roofing company’s health and safety policy. One is required by law for contractors who employ more than five workers.
  • Confirm that all crew members have completed a working at heights training course.

Keep in mind that skilled contractors will be aware of the conditions they can and cannot operate in and will take all necessary precautions to ensure high-quality work.

Is it Worth It to Replace a Roof in the Winter?

We sincerely hope that these concerns haven’t turned you off from the idea of a winter roof replacement, because the truth is that there are a lot of advantages to installing a new roof in the winter:

  1. Availability

Since winter isn’t typically the busiest time of year for roofers, you could find it easier to plan the installation for times that work better for you.

  1. Energy Use

Your roof serves as a protective barrier, keeping the cold out and the heat in. Your home will feel unpleasant and your energy costs may increase if your roof is allowing heat to escape.

  1. Problems Fixed Immediately

In many cases, a repair will be sufficient to get you through the season, but there are rare instances where a roof replacement is the best course of action.

Make sure the roofer you hire has experience and a commitment to safe, high-quality work that will maintain your roof’s appearance and functionality during many winters to come.

Since 1996, Four Seasons Roofing has offered high-quality roof replacements and repairs. We promise to offer exceptional outcomes utilizing the finest materials, and we stand by our work. To arrange for an in-home consultation, contact us right away!