Replacing Your Roof in Winter: Can You Do It?

Replacing Your Roof in Winter: Can You Do It?

Even though your roof shields your home from the elements, the winter months can be particularly tough on it. In fact, many problems can arise during winter, including cave-ins, mold growth, rusted or broken gutters and downspouts, and leaks.

Sometimes, roof shingle replacements are urgent, and they cannot wait for nicer weather. But if you’re having major issues with your roofing, we don’t recommend you tackle the problem yourself. A skilled roofer will promptly install your roof and safeguard your property.

Do you believe you’ll need to hire a roofer this winter? If that’s the case, you might wonder if it’s worth it. In this blog, we’ll explore whether you can replace or install a new roof in the winter.

Can You Replace a Roof in the Winter?

Yes you can replace and install your roof in the winter. But it’s crucial to follow the right procedure throughout. By doing this, you can guarantee that your roof performs at its best all year long.

How Are Shingles Affected By Cold Weather?

Manufacturers of shingles have consistently advised installing shingles at temperatures of at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit. This is because shingles would fracture or break when bent in lower temperatures.

However, nowadays, shingle mats (the material that keeps all the shingle components together) can resist colder temperatures. Manufacturers have been able to reduce the 40-degree  Fahrenheit minimum thanks to these improvements.

Because the matting is a little more flexible with colder temperatures, asphalt shingles can be installed during winter. Even though the minimum temperature requirements have changed, excessively cold temperatures can still cause shingles to crack.

Which Precautions Should You Take?

Roofing contractors must take certain precautions during cold weather in order to provide you with a long-lasting new roof that will safeguard your home, such as:

  • Security is a must: Use harnesses and other fall prevention equipment to keep you safe in the event of a possible slide on a roof due to ice or snow.
  • Warm supplies: To ensure a correct installation of the shingles, the ice and water shield and caulking materials should be placed inside a warm place before the installation to make sure they don’t freeze.
  • Snips: Use snips or shears instead of utility knives to avoid damaging the more delicate shingles as it gets chilly outside.
  • Use the correct nail placement and depth: Freezing conditions might also have an impact on the pneumatic nail guns used in the roofing procedure. To ensure that the depth adjustment is accurate and the shingles are firmly put, you must pay additional attention to the placement and depth of the nails you are driving.

Pro Tip: Consider using six nails on each shingle when replacing a winter roof, although the majority of roofing companies just use four. This technique creates a strong and firm grip so your shingles can resist winter weather.

Replace Your Roof This Winter With Connell Roofing

There are some steps that your roofers need to consider during the winter season. And for this, you will need the help of a trustworthy roofing company.

For more than 60 years, Connell Roofing has provided residential and commercial property owners in Massachusetts with roofing services. We install and repair roofs from MetroWestBoston to Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

We are committed to completing each project on schedule and using only the highest quality materials. We’re dedicated to assisting you in determining what suits your needs and budget. We will be pleased to provide you with a free quote and respond to all your inquiries. Contact us right away!