First and foremost, here is wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving from the RRSA St. Louis family! If you are traveling please be safe and make sure you enjoy every moment of this glorious holiday.
The following article discusses the pros and cons of replacing your roof in winter. Hopefully, it will help you decide if this season is the time for roofing your home. If you find after reading the information you are ready to replace your roof, by all means, get in touch with us and one of our professional team members will come give you a free roof inspection, holiday weekend or not!
Should You Replace Your Roof in Winter
Roof repair can be completed in cold, dry weather. While it may be possible to install roofs in temperatures lower than 26 degrees Fahrenheit, many extra precautions are needed. For example, adhesives may freeze during flat roof installation. When installing composition shingles, roofers need to be careful not to damage the shingles when nailing them to the roof.
One pro that comes with replacing your roof in winter is that your new roof has the exact same warranty as a roof installed at any other time of the year. However, just be aware that new shingles need to undergo thermal sealing, which can take several days of temperatures of 40 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
All steep slope roofers must be careful not to damage the underlayment, which can become brittle in cold weather. Only 30-pound felt (or better) should be considered as underlayment, and all underlayments should be installed using cap nails and not staples. For complete re-roofing jobs, make sure to ask your roofer not to remove more roofing that can be replaced on the same day.
The most common winter roof problem is ice dams. Ice dams occur when snow that has accumulated on a slanted roof melts and then forms icicles that hang from the eaves and gutters. Professional roofers can help you with drip-edge flashing techniques to prevent ice dams. Improper amounts of attic insulation can also cause ice dams.
Our professional team at RRSA St. Louis watches the weather and schedules roof installations between the bad weather days. But another perk of replacing your roof in winter that you will be on the very top of the list of jobs to be done by our roofers since winter is less busy. What this can mean for St. Louis homeowners is that we can install your new roof in a matter of days as opposed to waiting weeks. For many homeowners, quick timing is reason enough to have a job done in the winter. But as noted above, roofers need to use extra caution while repairing roofs during the winter. Professional roofers know that safety always comes first.
No matter the pros and cons of replacing your roof in winter, some roofs are in such poor condition that the homeowner cannot wait until spring to repair it. If you find that you are in this situation, call us today at 1-636-542-4816. We will contact you asap.
And again, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!