What do you risk when roofing during the winter?
There is a high risk of injury to workers.
There are limitations to the use of certain tools and equipment.
There is a high chance of delays.
Simply put, winter is not the season for roofing. The cold weather brings with its specific demands. Homeowners must check whether they have the right insulation, stable roofs that should be able to carry the added burden of snow, and making sure that chimneys are clear and unblocked. Most repairs are done over the fall, where the weather is easier to work in. However, there are times when necessary repairs or replacements need to be done, regardless of the cold weather.
Is it possible to replace a roof in the winter?
Short answer – Yes.
But it is definitely not as easy as working on the same replacements over spring, summer, fall, or any other season. The cold brings about many obstacles for the crew that could lead to a subpar output. To give you an idea, these are the challenges that replacing a roof in the winter entails.
A Cold Crew
The team that will work on your roof are living and breathing human beings who are susceptible to the cold. Winter jackets might be able to keep them cozy but it isn’t as easy to work on detailing and using the tools when wearing thick gloves. The danger of snow on the roof and added likelihood from slipping on ice are also some things they have to be careful of. Working during this season can be dangerous in their line of work.
Aside from taking care of themselves against the cold, the crew also need to be extra careful with handling the roofing materials. This is especially true when they’re putting up Asphalt shingles. Because of the cold, they lose their flexibility and harden. If not careful enough, it is easy to break them while setting them on the roof or even when just moving them around. Even when they are set in place, nailing them down could also cause damage since the pressure the nail puts on the asphalt shingles could easily cause cracks to form around the hole. Other roofing materials are also affected by the cold.
Another main concern is whether the shingles would be able to stay on the roof. The sealant that lines the shingles is often activated by heat. Without the natural heat of the sun, the workers may need to use a hand sealant.
The people working on your roof need their tools to finish the job. During winter, some tools are unusable. Compressors and nail guns, for example, are some tools that won’t function well in low temperatures.
These 3 are the main problems that contractors face when a roofing replacement needs to be done over the winter. By getting these done before the cold starts to set in, you can easily lessen the risk to workers, avoid damaging materials, and make the best use of the tools to get a great output. Energy Roofing Companies in Gainesville is sure to get the job done before any signs of snow start appearing.
Unfortunately, some things may happen that would put you in dire need of a replacement roof mid-winter. Despite the risks and limitations mentioned, the job is still doable. One way a contractor could go about such a necessary repair is to put a temporary seal over the roof, just to cover and support it while waiting for a better time to work on it. You could also opt for the installation of a metal roof. Metal roofs are easier to install during the cold season because the materials aren’t as affected as other roofing materials.
To ensure a successful project, a lot of planning should be put into it. That way, the crew can implement better safety precautions to avoid injuries, and they can apply other techniques that would work better in the season. During a roof replacement in the winter, the contractors are in charge of ensuring that the team working on it are still working under suitable conditions. During times when a snowstorm is occurring, you probably won’t be seeing anyone up on the roof. In such cases, delays are to be expected.
The team should also be able to identify whether adding extra winter precautionary measures, like applying a hand seal or extra protective layers are necessary. There may be instances when a homeowner and contractor have no choice but to push through with a project. But, if given the option, it may be best to wait out the weather until you get a new roof.