Can I Repair My Roof in the Winter?

Homeowners may think wintertime is taboo for repairing their roof, but it’s not true if you use proper techniques and safety. The question then becomes, is it necessary to repair your roof now or can it wait?

Read about challenges you may face in repairing your roof in winter.

Repairing Roofs in Winter

With Old Man Winter firmly planted on our doorsteps in Utah, you may wonder whether it’s safe to repair your roof. If you’re missing shingles, have leaky ceilings, or other problems that probably shouldn’t wait until spring, then consider some things, so it’s done right and as safely as possible.

Learn about the challenges of repairing a roof in winter and how to minimize them.

The Best Temperature for Replacing Shingles

Ideally, temperatures should be in the range of 40 degrees and 85 degrees to replace asphalt roof shingles. In Utah, that could be December-March with our crazy weather. But, there is a reason why the temps need to be in that range; it’s mainly due to ensuring asphalt shingles can’t crack when hammered. Installing shingles in colder or hotter temperatures can result in breakage, even if the shingles are of high quality.

Top Challenges for Winter Roof Installation

Besides cracking shingles in colder temperatures below 40℉, you also have to contend with the adhesives. When the temps dip below the acceptable range, self-adhesive shingles struggle to stick correctly. If you don’t use those types of shingles, it still may be a struggle in repairing your roof. Fiberglass shingles can also splinter in the cold when close to the freezing mark.

Of course, safety is another concern, especially with snow and ice, which can impede your stability when on the roof.

Ways To Replace Your Roof

Now that we have those challenges out in the open, you can weigh them with the need of replacing your roof. If it’s a dire need, there are a few ways to still repair or replace your roof. These ways include:

  • Keeping roofing shingles warm – It may be a good idea to ask someone at a roofing repair company if they store shingles in a warm area before delivering them to you. Or, once you get them, you can store them in a warm place before installing them.
  • Sealing shingles properly – Ensure each shingle is sealed with an approved asphalt roofing cement to bond the shingles to the roof. This could be tricky in the winter, so get some good advice from an expert in this area.
  • Taking safety precautions – If you can get help, it would make the job go smoother and safer. Regardless, make sure you have the proper shoes on and don’t install if ice is present.

 

Contact The Roof Doctor

If you don’t have time or feel comfortable enough repairing your roof, give us a call. We have experts who are experienced and know the right techniques to ensure you get the best service available. Call us for an appointment.

 
 

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