Winter is here and you are in the market for a new roof. Clients ask us “can a roof be replaced in the winter?” The answer is yes. However, installing a roof in below-freezing weather is not advisable, unless it’s an emergency and special precautions are taken. Fortunately, our clients are in Georgia and we don’t spend too many days of the year in below freezing weather.
If you are having an emergency and need a new roof installed in below-freezing weather, many contractors will have a client sign a disclaimer of limited liability.
Problems with installing a roof in below-freezing weather:
- Shingles become brittle
- Brittle shingles can be damaged if using a nail gun (thus hand-nailing is required, taking a lot more time) and can cause roof leaks
- It’s harder to regulate air pressure
- Steel strips will not seal and need to be manually sealed (taking more time)
- More adhesive materials are needed
- Nails can back out, breaking the seal of the shingles
- Sealing issues can occur
It’s not impossible to install a roof in cold climates and below-freezing weather, but a lot of extra precautions need to be taken. Make sure your contractor is GAF Certified and is experienced with cold weather roof installations. They definitely can’t install your roof during the winter the same way they would do it other times of the year.
Keep in mind, if you need a roofing repair and are missing shingles, waiting until winter is over could turn a roofing repair into a roofing replacement. When snow sits on the roof where shingles are missing, large amounts of water can end up on your drywall and cause interior and exterior damage.
If you are missing shingles and it is winter time, do not put off the repair! Take action before snow comes.