Protect Your Home Exterior & Roof in Winter

It was something you meant to do. This year, you were determined to fix or even completely replace your roof. Unfortunately, storms raged throughout the seasons and your to-do list grew longer with work and familial obligations. Before you knew it, time slipped away and the wicked winds of winter have returned. Can you still do something about your roof, or are you doomed to wait for the thaw of spring to arrive before addressing the situation?

If you’re looking for a short answer, here it is: yes, roofing can technically be done in cold weather. Of course, there’s more to it than a simple monosyllabic answer. Here’s everything you should know about roofing in the winter before you pick up the phone and call your local roofing company:

It’s All About the Temperature

If we had to pick the perfect temperature for roof repairs and installation, we’d happily settle for anywhere between 40 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s not just for us – it’s best for the shingles and other roofing material as well. Shingles do best when they’re installed above 40 degrees; otherwise, problems like cracking and adhesive failure may arise. Roofers need to take extra precautions when working in the winter. Shingles may need to be hand-sealed with asphalt roofing cement to help them stick properly and completely to the roof.

Metal Roof? No Problem

Unlike other roofing materials, metal is completely fine to install during the winter. No adhesives are used for this installation, so the cold season has no real impact on the process. Oh, and all that snow will slide right off metal materials, so you have nothing to worry about if you’re having a metal roof installed or repaired!

Roofing Projects Take Longer in Winter

Unfortunately, roof work isn’t as speedy as it is in the warmer months. As we mentioned before, shingles take extra time to be installed and require a specific temperature range in order to seal properly. The absence of the sun and the lower temperatures don’t help one bit in this process. Your roofer should be able to give you a time estimate on the project’s length!

This is a Job for a Professional

Roofing can be done in winter, yes – by a professional. Slippery surfaces and ice dams can make repairs hazardous at best, but a team of professionals will know what to do to provide you with what you need while avoiding injury. Besides, they will know the exact procedures to follow to install your roof or new shingles properly and in a timely manner without being affected by the cold weather.

It’s Best to be Proactive…

Of course, we recommend that homeowners take the time to inspect their roofs during the summer or fall. It saves you time and money, and it helps your roof to endure the harshness of the impending winter. Next year, hop (carefully) on a ladder and give your roof a once-over. If you notice any damage or missing shingles, call your local roofing company before cold weather arrives.

…But Don’t Wait to Address Problems

Winter is such a tough season on our roofs. If you’ve noticed some issues now, don’t worry – it’s never too late to call for repairs! Should you wait, your roofing problem could easily worsen and cost you more. Remember, it’s better to resolve the issue than endure leaky roofs or ice dams!

If you need any roof maintenance done right now, don’t wait until spring rolls around. Call your friends at Ferguson Roofing now at (314) 521-6917 in Missouri or (618) 212-1912 in Illinois!