Winter Roofing Myth: Can I Replace My Roof During the Winter?

Jan 31, 2024 | Roofing

As we are in the midst of the winter season, you may be experiencing some issues with your current roofing system. If that’s the case, you may think, “Can I get my roof replaced during the winter?” To answer your question, yes, you can replace your roof in winter! It’s perfectly safe and sometimes more practical to replace your roof during winter. Your roofing contractor will take the necessary steps to ensure your roof replacement goes smoothly.

Here are some things to consider when getting a roof replaced in the winter:

What are the benefits of getting a winter roof replacement?

Even if you can’t get your roof replaced during the winter due to temperatures and weather elements, scheduling a roof replacement is the next best thing. Due to the nature of the roofing industry, the winter season is typically slow, so scheduling during the winter can often get you a great deal on a new roof. If you are fine with your selected roofing contractor waiting until the right temperature range to schedule an installation date, then this is the route to go. With how recent winters have been, there will more than likely be days where the weather is great for a roof replacement, so staying flexible when scheduling your roof replacement is recommended.

Greenawalt Roofing’s Solution for Winter Roofing

With recent advancements in roofing technology, Greenawalt Roofing Company can perform roof replacements below the recommended temperatures due to specially designed materials built to withstand colder temperatures while offering peak protection and durability. Our special 12-year workmanship warranty is offered to each customer, meaning if anything happens to your roof, we will take full responsibility and resolve the issue. Furthermore, CertainTeed’s 50-year Asphalt Shingle warranty covers each roofing job, covering any potential defects in their products if apparent. Rest assured, your winter roof replacement will be in the best hands possible, as Greenawalt Roofing Company is a CertainTeed SELECT ShingleMaster. Warranties would not be offered by ourselves nor our manufacturer if winter roof replacements were a liability and not completely safe.

How Cold is Too Cold to Replace a Roof?

Typically, the recommended temperature for roof replacement is anything above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. For materials not specifically designed to withstand colder temperatures during the installation process, they can experience cracking and breakage. As mentioned before, Greenawalt Roofing Company utilized specially designed roofing materials for winter, so none of the potential issues are applicable if we were to perform your roof replacement.

Potential Issues with Winter Roof Installations from other Contractors

If a roofing contractor used regularly designed roofing materials, they would experience many problems during installation. Asphalt shingles can experience cracking and breakage during installation if proper precautions aren’t taken. Self-adhesive shingles have difficulty sticking during installation if the temperature drops below 40 degrees. Sealing strips typically have no trouble bonding when temperatures are above 50 degrees, so contractors will have to wait until the temperature is high enough to stick properly in the winter unless specialized sealing strips are used . Fiberglass shingles are extremely susceptible to fracturing during the winter, and even shakes can start to break apart when temperatures approach the freezing point. Nevertheless, Greenawalt Roofing Company utilizes techniques and specially designed roofing materials for winter, guaranteeing a successful roof replacement.

Precautions and Techniques For Winter Roofing

Even with a few obstacles present during winter roofing installations, winter is still a perfectly acceptable time to get a replacement. As mentioned before, with proper techniques and precautions, you should be set for a seamless experience from start to finish.

Here are a few things that your roofing contractor will take into consideration:

1. Temperature Considerations:

  • Optimal Temperatures: The best temperature for roof replacements is anything above 40. Anything below could compromise the roofing materials used for the replacement if not specially designed to withstand lower temperatures. Ask your roofing contractor if they are using specially designed materials if you are getting a winter roof replacement.

2. Specialized Tools and Equipment:

  • Material Selection: Choosing roofing materials suitable for cold temperatures is essential for winter roof replacements, as most products are susceptible to becoming brittle or breaking in extremely cold conditions. Your roofing contractor will work with you and recommend winter-suitable roofing materials.
  • Shingle Sealant: Regardless of the time of year, asphalt shingles take time to properly seal due to their reliance on sunlight to heat the sealing strip to 40 degrees. Your roof may take longer to seal in the winter; however, this is completely safe and imposes no risk to you or your home. Your roof is hotter than the outside temperature due to it being hit directly by the sun, and even if this difference is less significant in the winter, your roof will get to the optimal temperature eventually.
  • Nailing Shingles: Another safety measure taken to ensure your shingles properly seal and protect your home is nailing them down, meaning they will not blow off. In the unlikely case that a shingle does blow off, your roof is covered by multiple warranties that ensure an immediate replacement.

3. Planning and scheduling:

  • Weather monitoring: While scheduling and planning your roof replacement could be difficult, planning accordingly to schedule the project for days with milder weather conditions is essential. Your roofing contractor will work with your schedule.
  • Client communication: Make sure your roofing contractor is willing to facilitate constant communication, as discussing the potential impact of weather conditions and scheduling conflicts is necessary for maintaining the set project timeline,

4. Safety Measures:

  • Surface inspection: Before beginning your project, a contractor will inspect your roof’s surface for ice patches or other hazards. This inspection is conducted to prioritize the safety of both the roofing team and you, ensuring the protection of your home.

So, what are the next steps for my Roof Replacement Project?

If you’ve decided that getting a winter roof replacement is right for you, contact Greenawalt Roofing Company to begin the project planning process. Our goal is to achieve 100% customer satisfaction and exceed your expectations. We look forward to serving you if the chance arises!

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