The common question that people often ask themselves – can I replace my roof in the winter? At first glance, this idea may not sound particularly great. But if done correctly and by an experienced roof contractor, then Yes, you can replace your roof in the winter.
There are, however, several things that need to be taken into consideration when deciding to replace your roof during the colder part of the year. For starters, winter roofing can be more dangerous than in the summer.
Slippery or otherwise unsafe surfaces can pose some risks. Likewise, ice dams and icicles can add to this hazard. It is for this reason that you work with a skilled team that is knowledgeable of the risks issues and takes the necessary safety precautions to prevent any accidents.
Another issue is the temperature. A roofing job can be physically demanding even in summer. In winter, contractors also need to wear thick jackets, boots, a hat, gloves, etc. It can easily add an extra 15 pounds. Besides, working on the roof, contractors can only wear thin gloves and boots so they can bend their fingers and toes easily.
In bitterly cold weather, however, they can’t work for very long. It does mean that the job may take a bit longer than otherwise. Aside from the temperature, precipitation is another factor that can delay a roofing operation. Ice can build up overnight, for instance, which then needs removal in the morning.
The Materials Used
When working in cold temperatures, it’s important to take into consideration how those materials behave. Roof shingles, for instance, come in different forms. The cheapest and most commonly used are made out of asphalt. But in cold temperature, these become brittle, and contractors need to pay extra attention when cutting or to nail them down.
The same thing can also be said if these asphalt shingles are in climates with extreme hot and cold temperatures throughout the year. Over time, these tend to crack, making their relatively cheap upfront cost completely redundant. At 1-800-HANSONS, however, we only use high-quality rubber composite shingles that maintain their elasticity all year round.
The Benefits of Winter Roof Installation
There are, of course, several benefits to winter roof installations. Say, you notice a leak, damaged, or missing shingles, it’s always a good idea to fix the problem immediately than to wait for spring. Waiting for several months before addressing them will most likely lead you to even more costs down the line. Scheduling a roof replacement, even in the cold season, will spare you from further damage and will ensure a dry and warm winter.
Another benefit is that contractors have more time available in winter. Since most folks avoid doing any home repairs or improvements in winter, you will be provided with a higher degree of flexibility when it comes to scheduling. Also, you will most likely benefit with a considerable discount.
If you are interested in repairing your roof or are in need of any other kind of exterior home improvement, 1-800-HANSONS is at your service. Contact us today for a FREE roofing estimate!