Is winter a good time to replace your roof?

Replacing Your Roof During Winter In Colorado

Learn More About Replacing Your Roof During Winter In Colorado

You may be considering repairing or completely replacing your roof right now, either because it suffered extensive damage after a weather event, have lost several tiles, or your roof is so old that it already affects your home’s heating system, but you are feeling doubtful about getting this work done in consideration of that is winter. Despite what people usually believe, there is not only possible to replace your roof during winter in Colorado, but there are several benefits to doing so. 

First of all, you should analyze if your roof does need replacing at this moment or not. For that purpose, you may take in mind some signs that could indicate it’s time for a new roof:

  • Snow is leaking in the attic or on the ceilings inside your home.
  • Damaged or missing shingles.
  • Light shining through the roof sheathing (the boards underneath the shingles).
  • Excessive amounts of moss or algae grow on your roof.
  • Sagging or buckling in the middle of the roof 
  • There are large patches where the wood is visible.
  • You notice an increase in your monthly energy bills.
  • Ice dams (insulation problem)
  • Excessive amounts of snow on the roof (more than a foot)

Snow and ice ❄

The snow removal or de-icing of an asphalt surface needs careful attention with extra equipment, done by a trained team, and under supervision while doing this job. Working on a slippery surface could be risky – especially considering how quickly ice/frost buildup occurs even without any additional moisture entering its environment (from rain). Also, it’s key to make sure that surfaces are clean before starting any projects. That will help the contractors and yourself save time and avoid an accident. 

Which type of roof is the best? 

There are a few types of roofs that can be laid in the winter. The most popular options are metal and asphalt shingles. Metal roofs need to be correctly insulated to prevent ice dams from forming. Asphalt shingles need to be heated so the adhesive will adhere to the roofing paper better. If you’re looking for a winter weather-resistant roof, we’d recommend a metal roof (but that can vary due to your house’s needs). Metal roofs are durable and can withstand high winds and heavy snow loads. They also have a longer lifespan than asphalt shingles. 

Also, during the winter, you can choose flat roofs options such as PVC or TPO. These thermoplastic single-ply products replace older and less efficient adhesives with hot-air welded seams. That provides better durability while preventing leaks in harsh conditions like cold weather.

What is the right temperature? 

When the temperature drops below 40° F, it becomes too cold for roof installation. To ensure that your home warranty is valid and reduce the risk of making a mistake during installation, be sure the temperature is between 70-80 Fahrenheit when replacing or installing the roof. 

Note: If the temperature is below 40 degrees Fahrenheit on rubber roofs will freeze if not sealed correctly before installation. 

The best way to keep your shingle looking good and functioning all year round is by using a sealant that bonds with the metal, rather than just lying on top. A thin layer of thermal-initiated blacktop adhesive will attach itself quickly into any gaps or ridges in between tiles ensuring an even surface for years’ worth more snowfall.  

As you can see, replacing your roof during cold weather could be very challenged, and that’s why you need to count on a specialized contractor to do this job successfully, and there is no need to wait until spring or summertime to fix your roof. Remember, preventative maintenance can save money by helping ensure that only necessary work gets done during cold months rather than having extra costs. 

If you’re looking to get your roof fixed through winter, we can help. Our work is always guaranteed! Call Roof Evolution 720-334-7311 and schedule a free inspection!

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