Can you Replace a Roof in the Winter

As we head into the winter season, one of the last things you probably are thinking about is a roof replacement. However, sometimes things occur that necessitate replacing your roof right away. When you wake up one morning, and your home is far from delightful, and the weather outside is frightful, you may be asking ‘can you replace your roof in the winter?’ The short answer is yes. An experienced roofing contractor can help you install your roof as quickly as possible to help protect you and your home. Here are a few things to consider.

Why is it okay?

If you call around asking roofing contractors this question, you may get different answers. Some contractors will tell you it’s never okay to install a roof in winter. They will throw out several excuses like adhesives not sticking and that caulk will not work in the cold. Frankly, they are wrong. Not only is it okay, but winter might even be better for your new roof’s longevity. 

Sealant Used for Shingles

The majority of homeowners in the U.S. have asphalt shingles on their homes. These shingles have a sealant strip on the underside that helps them adhere to the shingle below. This sealant interacts with warm temperatures – which happens in the warmer months of late spring, summer, and fall – to create an automatic seal. 

In cold temperatures, an experienced roofing crew can still make the installation work. Since they cannot rely on the sun’s natural heating properties, they will hand-seal each shingle to ensure the sealant bonds properly. This process takes a bit longer, but it does work, and it works well. 

Roofing Crew Experience

One of the most important things to do, regardless of when you need a roof replacement, is to hire the right roofer. A knowledgeable roofer will know when and, more importantly, how to hand-seal shingles. They will pay close attention to the shingle manufacturer’s recommendations for installing shingles in colder temperatures. 

While it may be tempting to jump at the lowest quote you get, it’s very important to do your homework. The last thing you want is to have a rush job done on your roof in winter only to find there are multiple installation issues you have to face in the spring. If your roof needs replaced in the dead of winter and it cannot wait until spring, make sure your contractor will take the time to hand-seal every shingle. Ask them for references on other cold-weather roofing installations they have done. Also, make sure to ask about any warranties they have on their work. 

If you’re concerned about how long your roof will last, and you should be, you want to make sure you hire an experienced roofing contractor. When the weather outside is frightful, and your only choice is a new roof, give Bealing Roofing &Exteriors, Inc., a call. We will inspect your roof and give you a recommendation on the best path to take.