It is entirely possible to replace a roof during the winter months, even if the weather outside is dreadful. An experienced roofing contractor will work with you to install your roof and protect your home as soon as possible. Some roofers may tell you that it's never OK to replace a roof in winter or when temperatures fall below freezing, but this is not necessarily true. Shingles contain a strip of sealant that interacts with the warm temperatures that normally occur during summer, late spring and fall, resulting in an automatic seal.
However, in cold temperatures, roofing equipment must hand seal each tile to ensure that the sealant adheres properly. Hand sealing takes a little longer, but ensures that each and every one of them is sealed. It's also important to consider why it's so important to work with a roofing contractor that only uses experienced roofing professionals. An expert team knows when it is necessary to seal a roof by hand and makes sure to follow the manufacturer's recommendations and guidelines for sealants and temperatures.
Installing a new roof can take longer during the winter due to snow and ice. Even if there is only a slight snowfall, it can be dangerous for the person who climbs and works on the roof. That's why it's important to check the weather forecast to see how it will affect a roof replacement project. Demand tends to decrease during the winter months, so most roofing companies adjust their prices to adapt to the reduction in their workload.
It's also important to remove any deep snow on your roof as soon as possible and remove any tree branches or branches that are close to the roof before replacing the roof. Asphalt roofing shingles should be installed between 40 degrees and 85 degrees Fahrenheit for proper sealing. Most roof replacements only take one day, but inclement weather can certainly prolong them, so make sure you have realistic expectations. With sufficient care and the right approach, you can enjoy a summer roof installation in the dead of winter.
A winter replacement also allows you to detect leaks and damage as quickly as possible, which in turn allows the roofer to change their roofing strategy before real damage occurs. When your roof is weak from years of use or isn't properly designed to withstand excessive snow loads, your roof is at risk of collapsing. Many roofing contractors understand that ice and snow can create dangerous situations, making them more likely to slip and fall. If you want to stick with asphalt shingles, you should wait until the temperature is right for a roof replacement project.