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Winter Roof Repair


February 2, 2019

Winter Roof Repair in Michigan

Icicles on a roof's edge

If you notice it’s time to repair or replace your roof, and you’re in the middle of winter, it’s not time to panic. However, it is time to act. Fast.

When you have a roofing emergency—a leak, for example—during the winter months, you need to get it fixed as quickly as possible, as the roofing materials will expand and contract as the weather thaws and re-freezers, which could make your problem even worse.

Cold weather and wintry conditions have a discernible impact on what roofers need to consider before repairing or replacing a roof, but from your perspective, the main thing to know is roofers work all year round, and we’ll make sure your job is done right.

Roof Repairs in Winter

Things that may seem like huge obstacles aren’t as bad as they may seem. For instance, if your roof is covered in snow, we’ll simply clear it off before we get to work on the roof. Obviously, this is necessary so we can get to the actual roof, and it also doesn’t take long.

Secondly, the cold, except in extreme conditions, isn’t as bothersome as one might think. As experienced roofers, we dress appropriately and also keep ourselves warm with hard work. Some roofers actually prefer winter weather to the sweltering heat of the summer.

How Cold is Too Cold for Roof Repairs?

When it comes to materials, we need to pay close attention. Some materials can be installed in any weather, and other materials should only be installed when the temperature is 40˚ F or warmer. However, there are often some myths around some materials that can be installed in colder weather. Rubber and rolled roofing for instance, can be installed in cold weather, but care needs to be given to the temperature of the adhesives to insure proper bonding.

Asphalt shingles can also be installed in cold weather, but doing so requires extra care by roofers. In cold temperatures, asphalt shingles can crack when bent, so roofers need to avoid bending any shingles during installation. Also, because asphalt shingles need a perfect seal with their overlapping counterparts—a seal that is assisted greatly by the heat from the sun—it may take several days or more for the weather to warm up enough to bond those seals. Generally, when the ambient temperature of the sun warms the roof in the spring, it will activate the aggressive sealant on the back fo the shingles.

Can a Roof Be Replaced in Winter?

If you can help it, we recommend waiting until spring, as sustained higher temperatures will eliminate all restrictions on the types of materials we can use and allow the shingle seals to bond quickly. However, if you want (or need) to replace your roof during the winter months, you’ll be able to do so.

Typically roofing materials perform best if the temperature is above 40˚ F, but taking care for the needs of adhesives used on the back of rubber and rolled roofing, these materials can still be used in the cold weather months here in Michigan.

For replacement of your asphalt roof, contact us to discuss your needs and options. We’re experienced in winter installations and can make sure you get the best possible roof for your home.