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Roofing in a winter wonderland

by: Kirsten Land on November 20th, 2018 about Land Enterprises Roofing

With snow, ice, wind, and rain all stacking up against your roof in the winter months, you may need some repairs or even a full roof replacement. Weather extremes can lead to cracking, peeling, and leaks, and minor issues can become bigger issues quickly when it’s cold.

The good news is that it’s entirely possible to fix roof issues during the upcoming cold weather with these considerations in mind.

Temperature

The ideal setting for replacing shingles is above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Shingles stick together by way of a thermal activated strip of adhesive. If the weather is not warm enough, each shingle may need adhesive to be manually applied to ensure a proper seal.

Thankfully, Oklahoma winters allow for some warmer days. A sunny winter day with a high in the 40s or 50s can allow shingles to heat up to 70 degrees or so from direct sunlight and rising heat from within the home.

Cold weather is not an ideal working condition, but it can happen when needed. Working on a roof already requires working with uneven footing and bulky equipment. Adding extra layers of clothing to stay warm lowers mobility even further. Thankfully, roofers have a little less work during winter which allows for more control of scheduling jobs on warmer days.

Expectations

Since roofing in the winter does require specific circumstances, there are defined guidelines for finishing a cold-weather project. Part of the Land Roofing process includes removing only the number of old shingles than can be replaced in a single day of work. That means your roof will never be unprotected during the installation process. Your roofing team would remove shingles in the morning, attach the underlayment, and set the shingles out on the roof to warm up for installation in the afternoon.

Sometimes the condition of a roof requires maintenance or replacement in the winter. The good news is you don’t have to wait three or four months for that to happen. If the weather’s too cold to start a full replacement job, we can help with a short-term repair to prevent further damage while we wait for temperatures to warm up.

If your roof needs attention, give us a call at 405-359-3951 or send an email to info@landroofingokc.com to set up a free roof inspection or estimate-even in the winter!

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