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Can Roof Repairs be Done in Winter?

Dec 2nd, 2020 // Roof Repair, Siding Repair and Replacement

The short answer is yes. Almost all repairs can be done during the winter months, as long as you’re not asking a roofer to work during a blizzard. However, there are some exceptions, restrictions, and precautions you should take when it comes to working on your roof during winter. 

Call in the professionals

Roofing can absolutely be done in winter time, however, even when it comes to smaller fixes and repairs, it’s best to call in the experts. Working in winter can be dangerous, conditions make roofs slick, snow can be difficult to trudge through, and black ice can lead to serious injuries. It you notice leaks, holes, or any damage to your roof during the winter, don’t hesitate to call in the professionals. It’s best to take care of the issue, no matter how small, as soon as possible, but also as safely as possible. 

It is important to point out that some roofing contractors will not work during the winter due to dangerous conditions. There are inherent risks that come with the cold, so be sure to check with your contractors to ensure they feel safe with the project at hand. 

Shingle replacement  

If your shingles are in poor enough condition, it’s best to get them up to par sooner than later. Old, weak, or warped shingles can lead to leaks and damage to your home—especially with snows and inclement weather coming. But there are a few things to note: 

  1. When installing shingles in winter, try to aim for a week when the weather is in the 40s. This will help prevent cracks and damage to your materials. 
  2. If you’re going with metal, as long as your roofers feel comfortable, this can be installed in any temperature. Metal roofs don’t use adhesive so the installation process is not impacted by weather. 

Be patient 

While your roof can be worked on during the winter months, the weather during this season is highly unpredictable. Snow and storms can come through unexpectedly, causing delays in projects. If you are having work done in winter, be prepared to have a flexible timeline. It’s more important to keep workers safe and materials intact than it is to rush. 

Don’t wait

It may be more difficult to work during the winter, but if professional workers feel comfortable, they will be able to help fix your issues. Trying to push repairs until spring will only lead to larger, more costly problems—and they can extend further than just your roof. Leaks can seep into your ceilings and the walls around your roof, causing you damage on top of damage and quite a bit of money. 

Stay ahead

While roof work can be done in winter, contrary to rumblings online, it’s still not an ideal situation. It’s more dangerous, more difficult to find contractors to work on your roof, and can take much longer. To prevent having to work when it’s cold, check your roof’s condition during late summer, early fall. This way you’ll be able to discover any issues or weaknesses and get them taken care of before brutal winter sets in. 

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