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Winter Roofing – Three Things to Consider When Roofing During Winter

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November 17, 2017

Winter Roofing – Three Things to Consider When Roofing During Winter

Winter is best spent drinking hot chocolate and building snowmen, not re-roofing your house. If your home is starting to show signs of aging and deterioration, here are three reasons why you should postpone your re-roofing until summer time.

  • Asphalt shingles become more brittle when the temperature drops below 10 degrees centigrade. As such, bending, throwing, or dropping shingles during delivery and installation can break them, resulting in increased material costs.
  • Low temperatures will affect a shingles’ ability to form a proper seal. An experienced roofer will pay close attention to the temperature, humidity and sun exposure when re-roofing a home. They may choose not to re-roof if they believe the current conditions will affect a shingles’ ability to form a proper seal and compromise the integrity of the roof.
  • You may not be covered by your warranty. When shingles are not sealed for weeks or months on end, they are at risk of being blown off during windy seasons. Under such circumstances, the standard limited wind warranty offered by the shingle manufacturer will not cover the cost to repair.

At Safe Roofing, we do not recommend winter re-roofing to our customers. If you have concerns regarding the condition of your roof, your best option is to contact a professional roofing contractor and let them assess the roof condition before starting a project. Take advantage of the winter season to collect quotes, and secure a spot and price with a trusted roofing contractor.

If you must re-roof your home during the winter, we highly recommend manually sealing the shingles with asphalt plastic cement. This process is extremely time consuming and may cost extra. Additionally, take the extra step in protecting your shingles by storing them in a warehouse rather than leaving them outside. Ask your roofing contractor if their supplier has stored the shingles in a warehouse, as exposure to fluctuating temperatures prior to installation may affect their performance.


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