Can I Replace my Residential Roof in the Winter?

February 10, 2021

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winter residential roofing Winter has been in full swing in Oklahoma, but you might just now be noticing that your roof needs replacing. You think it’s probably not a good idea to get it replaced in the middle of winter, but it’s entirely possible! Like Bailey’s Roofing, a professional roofing company knows the correct techniques to replace your roof no matter the time of year. This way, your roof can do its job year-round, no matter what season you’re in! Let’s get to the specifics of replacing your residential roof in the winter. 

The Best Temperature for the Job

In a perfect world, 40 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal temperature for a roof replacement. The best shingles on the market are still susceptible to cracking in extreme temperatures, so trying to replace a roof when it’s too cold outside can, unfortunately, lead to damage. However, winter is often a good time to get a great deal on a new roof. The roofers would have to wait for a time that’s not too cold to get the job done. 

The Main issues with Winter Residential Roof Replacements

We mentioned cracking shingles before, but a couple of other problems could arise when replacing a roof in the winter. When the temperatures are too cold, some adhesives like the ones on self-stick shingles have trouble adhering to the building. However, even choosing a different material doesn’t save you from issues. Materials like fiberglass shingles are even more susceptible to breaking in cold temperatures. 

Keep the Shingles Warm 

One of the most important things to do if you decide to get your roof replaced in the winter is to make sure the shingles are kept warm before installing them. Keeping the shingles warm is the roofing company’s responsibility, but you might want to ask them about it before they begin the installation process. 

Properly Seal the Shingles

Sunlight activates sealant in the spring and summer and usually takes a few days to solidify and adhere the shingles to the building fully. If sunlight is scarce in the winter, the roofers might choose to use an approved asphalt roofing cement and seal the shingles by hand.

 

A little more work and care goes into replacing a roof in the winter, but it is 100% still possible! You might even get a better deal by getting it done in the winter. If you’re noticing your roof might need replacing but are worried about doing it in the winter, don’t worry! Bailey’s Roofing and Construction will get it done. Just give us a call today!

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