Roof repairs for winter
With winter’s damaging effects and unpredictable weather patterns, many homeowners typically scramble to have their roofs fixed before its arrival.
However, in most cases, homeowners can have their roofs repaired or replaced year-round. Some roofs such as rubber roofs, which require the use of special adhesives, should not be installed in weather under 40 degrees.
However, there are many types of roofing systems which can be installed in cold temperatures. An experienced contractor should be able to install various types of roofs, including:
Asphalt shingles: While this type of material can be installed during the winter months, contractors must take extra precaution when handling the shingles in cold temperatures. Unless you find an urgent need to replace your roof, it is probably best to wait until warmer weather for asphalt installation.
Metal roofs: Considered one of the optimal roofing materials to install year round, metal roofs feature a design that resists the build-up of water and ice. This material is easy to install during the winter months because it doesn't crack, and it expands and contracts with the elements.
If you see a need for a repair, it is extremely important to have the problem addressed before the damage gets more extensive. Excess snow and ice can be a strain on roofs and even cause them to collapse.
While it may be more difficult for contractors to work on roofs during the winter months, the National Roofing Contractors Association says there are no specific guidelines that prevent roof repairs and installation from occurring as a result of the weather.
The NRCA also says that roofing workers should be able to complete any kind of repairs that are needed on a home regardless of the temperature. It’s important to review and compare the credentials of several Boston roofers, and make sure they have the experience to handle the additional demands of working with materials in extreme weather.