Today, it’s time to dispel a common roofing misconception: you can install a shingle roof in the winter!
While some logistical challenges come along with the colder weather, they’re nothing that you can’t overcome. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
Can You Replace A Single Roof In The Winter?
There are many times where roofs need to be replaced.
Now, some types of roofing materials, like rubber and peel-and-stick adhesives, don’t cooperate with colder weather temperatures.
But most other roofing materials (such as asphalt shingles) can be replaced in the winter as long as you take some precautions.
The best time to replace a shingle roof is when weather conditions are “warm, calm, and dry.” That’s in warm temperatures with little wind.
But most of us don’t live there!
The next best time would be between the end of summer and the beginning of spring.
That’s when you can typically expect mild temperatures with little to no snow or rain (which means no ice).
If you need to replace a roof in “the colder months,” there are ways to make it work!
Be Prepared for an Early Start
One of the biggest challenges you’ll face when installing a roof in the winter is the shorter days.
In many cases, you won’t be able to start working until the sun is well up in the sky.
That means you’ll need to get an early start on it!
Planning for an early start also means planning for a longer installation process.
Be sure to consider this when estimating how long the project will take.
Clear Away any Ice or Snow
In some cases, you might have to clear away any ice or snow that’s in your way. (although here in Louisiana, that’s highly unlikely!)
This is especially important if you’re working on a roof that’s already been installed.
Ice and snow can cause damage to the roofing material, which will shorten its lifespan.
Or worse, it can cause you to slip and fall.
So be sure to take care of those potential hazards before you get started.
Be Mindful of Temperature Changes
Another challenge you’ll face when installing a roof in the winter is temperature changes.
In the winter, you might experience a warm day only to be hit with below-freezing temperatures at night. Be sure to take time off from work to let the roofing material and shingles acclimate within this temperature fluctuation.
What Are The Benefits of Roofing in Cold Weather?
Would you believe that there are benefits to installing roofing in cold weather?
When the temperature is high, you have poor air quality.
But when it’s low, it makes for good air quality.
So not only will your roofing material be acclimated well for when you install it, but you’ll have a better environment on which to work on it.
You can save money.
The winter months are a great time to secure your roof installation or replacement because you may get discounts on materials and labor.
The home improvement industry typically slows down during the holiday season, so many businesses offer off-season deals for homeowners like yourself who want remodeling work done but don’t have an entire summer’s worth of funds can still afford new shingles!
You can get it done quicker.
Because winter is a slower season for the home repair industry, you’ll be able to schedule your roof installation (or maintenance) at a time that’s convenient for you.
Plus, your roofing contractor won’t be dealing with as many other projects, which means they’ll be able to devote more time to your roofing project.
This means that they’ll be able to accommodate your needs in a timelier manner, as well.
You can prepare your home to sell.
Everyone knows that spring is the best time to sell your home. So if you’re planning on selling, winter is an excellent time for you to prepare!
And since selling prices are higher in spring than at any other time of the year, you may be able to sell your house for a higher price than you could during the rest of the year.
How to Prepare Yourself for Roofing in the Cold:
So, now that you know a little bit more about roofing in cold weather, what should you do to prepare yourself?
The most important thing is to make sure that you protect yourself from the elements.
This means dressing appropriately and bringing plenty of water and snacks with you to avoid getting dehydrated or getting a headache.
You might also want to plan on a long day, so be sure you dress comfortably and wear shoes that can handle slippery surfaces.
Don’t forget to wear gloves, too! Roof shingles can get very hot in the summer, but they might be freezing in the winter months.
Protect Your Vehicle
If you’re using a vehicle to transport your roofing material, be sure to protect it from the cold weather.
You can do this by parking in a garage or using a car cover.
This will help keep the material in good condition and prevent any damage to your vehicle.
Protect Your Home
Most importantly, ensure that your home is protected from the weather when you’re installing a new roof!
Bring any potted plants inside or cover them up with plastic to protect them from the impending winter weather.
Make sure that all windows and doors are properly closed and locked.
You might also want to consider putting up a tarp or plastic sheeting around the perimeter of your home to keep the wind and snow out.
Plan on Getting an Early Start
One of the most important things to remember when roofing in cold weather is that you’ll need to start early!
This is because the days are shorter in the winter, so you’ll want to ensure you have enough time to get the job done.
Plus, if it’s a freezing day, it’ll be easier to work and less likely that you’ll suffer from weather-related injuries if you get an early start.
Work with a Professional
Another crucial thing to remember is that your roofer will probably be more experienced in winter roofing than you are!
Roofing can be a dangerous business no matter what time of year it is, so it’s best to leave the job to the professionals.
By working with a qualified roofing contractor, you’ll be able to avoid any potential problems and ensure that your roof is installed correctly.
What to Expect When Roofing in Winter
Although some challenges come with installing a roof in the winter, it can be done!
Just be sure to consider the tips we’ve shared with you.
And if you’re unsure of how to do something, don’t be afraid to ask your roofing contractor for help.
They’ve been installing roofs in cold weather for years, so they know what they’re doing!
Leave it to the Pros!
Installing a new roof in winter can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. We know that the weather is unpredictable, and we take all precautions necessary to ensure your roof is installed correctly and safely.
If you want to avoid the hassle of installing your own shingles this winter, give us a call today!
You won’t have to worry about dealing with the cold weather or rain while we work on your home because our team will make sure everything is done right from start to finish.
Our experts are trained specifically for installation during cold months, so they can keep working even if there’s ice on the ground. It might seem an inconvenience now, but once spring comes around and you see how great your brand-new roof looks, you won’t regret hiring us!
Contact Better Built Contractors today for more information about our roof replacement services, or fill out the form below for your free quote.