winter roof replacement

Should I Have My Roof Replaced In The Winter?


As a homeowner, we know all too well that things can go wrong at the most inconvenient of times. The furnace goes out when the temperatures drop. Plumbing goes haywire while family is in town staying at your house. A baseball breaks through the porch window the day before the appraiser comes. We can’t always plan for these things. And sometimes, in light of melting snow and ice, we discover leaks in the roof or water staining on the ceiling right in the midst of winter. And who plans to have their roof worked on while it is covered in six inches of snow?

One question that gets asked is whether a roof replacement is possible, or a good idea, during the winter; especially when the leaks need immediate attention. If you find yourself in this place of needing to have your roof looked at or replaced right in the midst of snowstorms and freezing temperatures, here are a few things to keep in mind.


What Can Go Wrong?


When performing a roof replacement in the winter, there are several factors to consider. Workers on the roof may cut corners in order to finish the job sooner. Some tools such as nail guns and compressors can be affected by the cold temperatures. Shingles may not secure correctly to the roof. Shingles have a self-sealing adhesive underneath to secure them to the layer below them. This adhesive activates at a certain temperature. If the temperature is below that point, the shingles need to be manually secured by the roofers. The conditions of snow and ice also make the job more hazardous.


Can You Have Your Roof Replaced In The Winter?


All that said, when deciding to have a roof replaced in winter it really does boil down to the current conditions. Thankfully, here in Kansas City, we are often afforded a break in the snow and freezing temperatures. You’re best option is to call a reputable, local contractor right away, and schedule your free inspection for the next nice day. That way, when the snow has melted, you can have a professional up on the roof, locating the leaks and assessing the damage. Then, if the weather holds out, you can get your roof replacement on the books right away—or at least on the schedule for the next warmer, sunny week that comes along.

Your contractor should be able to tell you about how long the project will take—a day or two for low-slope, smaller roofs—a few days more for a steeper or larger roof. They’ll be able to give you a good idea of when the project can be completed, as soon as the conditions are right.

Another good reason to have a roofing contractor come out right away is that they may be able to perform an immediate repair to your roof in order to hold it over until a full replacement can be done. This is also a good way to see how your contractor works, and make sure they do a thorough, quality job on the repair, and offer great customer service, before the full replacement begins.

In summary, if your roof is showing signs of leaks, call in a local roofing contractor right away. Leaving a roof damaged and leaking often leads to more extensive damage down the road, and opens your home to the threat of water damage and mold. It’s best to have a professional come out as soon as possible, perform a thorough inspection, repair any leaks at that point, if possible, and then get your roof replacement on the books for the soonest break in the cold weather!

Read more about winter roof replacement risks and benefits, here.