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Roofing in the Winter 101

Posted on: December 13, 2016

Roofing in the winter: It’s not as bad as you think!

So you need some roofing work done on your home this winter, but you’re hesitant to get started because you don’t know if winter is the right time to do it? While many homeowners do opt for the summer months to have their roofing maintenance done, believe it or not the winter season is also a great time for having work done on your roof! If you’re curious to learn why expert Bay area roofers are encouraging homeowners to have their roofing work done during the winter this year, please read on!

Roofing in cold weather–can it be done?

More selections, cheaper prices, and better working schedules are just some of the reasons why having your roof worked on during the winter season is good idea.

Bay area roofers will tell you that roofing in the cold weather of winter can be the best time of year to do so for many reasons. First, since the relative demand for Bay area roofers dramatically decreases during the winter months the prices for roofing services are much cheaper this time of year. It’s also easier to get an ideal appointment with your first Bay area roofer choice because their schedules typically open right up during the winter. And while low temperatures make working on your roof a bit less comfortable for roofers, it is completely possible to have maintenance, repairs, and even complete roof-replacements during the winter season.

Are there types of roofs, which should not be installed during the winter?

Since the physical properties of the materials used in roofing projects will often dictate the conditions under which maintenance can be performed, there are roof types which must be installed during warm weather, as recommended by the manufacturer. Let’s take a look at the types of roofs a Bay Are roofer would have success with installing during the winter.

  • Flat roofing systems

–PVC and TPO:

>>Both of these flat-roofing systems are thermoplastic single ply flat roofing
products that instead of using glues or adhesives are installed using Hot Air
welded seams.

>>Adhesives and glues can freeze during the winter, distorting the chemical composition during the roof installation and compromising the overall integrity of the roof, possibility leading to roof leaks in the future. That’s why most liquid roofing products should not be used in temperatures below 40°F.

 

  • Sloped roofing systems

Asphalt shingles: Extreme care needs to be taken by roofers when installing an asphalt shingle roof in the winter, since it is vital that water not become trapped underneath the shingles upon installation.

>>Also requires warmth during the sealing process that if not provided in the right amount, can cause roof leaks and wood rot.

>>Ice and Water accumulation can also be an issue for asphalt shingles installed during the winter; Ice and Water shields are often necessary as a result

Metal: Possibly the most effective in terms of handling the elements of winter, a metal roof can shed water and ice easily which makes it the ideal roof type to install during the winter months.

>>Metal is extremely durable so it won’t crack and bend easily during the physical process of installation.

Roofs to Avoid Installing during the winter include:

  • Rubber roofs
  • Peel-n-stick flat roofing products
  • Modified Bitumen (both cold and torch applied)

*These types of roofing material are installed using adhesives and thus are likely to result in leaks and even roof blow offs when installed during the wet and cold winter season.

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