Roof repair in the winter is often viewed ambiguously. Although it is not ideal, it is possible to undergo construction during this season, the only catch is that the process will require special supervision with special attention to additional conditions that would need to be met in order to prove successful. Here we will address common winter roofing problems with tips on what to avoid and what to do instead.
A plethora of problems could arise due to winter weather, in most cases, snow is the culprit. When snow collects on your roof, melted build up can form near the bottom from uneven distribution of attic heat.
If you find that the source of heat in your home may be an issue, chances are that your HVACs may need to be inspected, in these cases contacting your winter HVAC services would be an option to consider.
Improper attic ventilation and insulation can be a viable cause of roof repair in the winter, with cold outside temperatures and hot inside temperatures, the water melt and quick refreeze turnover would result in the formation of ice dams or icicles. This could become a potential threat as gutters, drains and downspouts could be become blocked, clogged or weighed down. Additionally, dependent on the composition of your roof, this melted ice would have alternative ways to go and roof leaking in the winter from unknown cracks or unsealed corners could become a problem.
In these cases, cold weather roof repair is your solution to these obstacles.
If the obstacle to your repairs is an ice dam, and a snow rake isn’t cutting out since the snow has hardened, a possible solution is roof melting for roof snow removal. In order to start on roof repair in the winter, this option uses calcium chloride to naturally melt ice after direct exposure.
Does roof melt damage shingles?
No worries, roof melt will not harm your shingles as sodium chloride (what is used on roadways) is the corrosive agent whilst roof melt is known to be relatively safe on asphalt shingles. (However, if you have a metal roof, do not use this as a solution.)
Should you get a new roof in the winter?
Although you may get a great deal on installing a new roof in this season, your contractor may or may not be required to wait for ideal temperatures before they can begin scheduling. Roof repair in the winter can be a tricky thing. Although some tools may not be affected by the temperature, tools like nail guns and compressors may require special attention. Constant airflow in tools during the winter time can be quite the task to work with due to humidity and ice which can cause nails to overdrive or underdrive depending on the situation. The water, winter humidity, will often freeze in the airlines of the tool and thereby reduce airflow. Sometimes, a thin layer of ice may not allow nails to be pushed as far as they need to be. The presence of humidity and ice must constantly be checked by the operator in accordance to the unpredictable nature of winter weather on construction tools. It is important that the risk of underdriving over overdriving nails be constantly checked by the tool’s operator.
Will shingles seal in cold weather?
There is an ideal range of temperature between 70° to 80° Fahrenheit in order to properly apply shingles. It must be taken into consideration that shingles won’t be as pliable in colder temperatures as they require heat to keep them flexible enough to lay down flat against the track of distribution.
Solution: The best bet of applying shingles during roof repair in winter with this situation is to store them as flat as possible until right when they are about to be used. It is recommended to avoid bundling them up during staging as they will naturally deform or bend whilst trying to install them.
All shingles have a special strip of self-sealant that is activated by the sun and allows for other shingles to tab together and therefore prevent the wind from blowing them off. However, cold weather increases the chances of shingles blowing off as the seals are often best activated with heat. It is important to note that the temperature of activation for certain glues to become effective is often in accordance to the manufacturer. Because of this, some may instruct that their products instead be hand-sealed with a cold weather roof sealant in compliance to certain temperatures. The go-to type of shingles usually installed are asphalt shingles, and when having roof repair in the winter, these require a special sealant be applied individually to each shingle if the temperature runs below 40° Fahrenheit.
Roof repair in the winter time can be done, do not hesitate to reach out to us at 972-737-1451 , we are more than happy to assist you with any questions or repair requests!