Winter can be a difficult time for roofs because of the season’s conditions, such as snow, ice, and even rain. Your roof can be affected by clogged drains, expanding ice, or leaking, becoming annoying and stressful. When this happens for many business owners, the first option is to wait for the summer or make short-term workable re-roofs on their own.
While this is understandable, there are times when replacing or repairing a roof during the colder months is necessary ASAP. The good news is that for most commercial buildings, it’s possible to install a new roof during the winter, as long as the proper precautions are taken and you hire a roofing expert. Here are some things to keep in mind.
Straight to the Point: Yes! It’s Possible
As for repairs, almost all repairs to any roofing system can be done just as well in the winter as they can in the summer. When done correctly and by experienced roofing contractors, winter roofing installation can be done successfully.
How Can It Be Done?
- Interior Leakage Protection
The first step is to minimize damage to the interior of your business. Tarps can be installed inside the building that collect water and dump it into a sink or bucket. These tarps can last for a short time while the fix is being made, or they can be installed for the remainder of the winter season so that the repair can be made when snow and ice melt from the roof surface.
- Roof Repair With Tents
If a roof repair needs to be made, a tent is placed on the roof surface to repair. The tent protects from inclement weather (snow, rain, wind). It can be heated so that the materials work properly, making the work as efficient and possible as during the summer.
- Snow And Ice Roof Cleaning
Snow can add a significant amount of weight, especially if your roof is flat. As part of your roof installation or repair, snow and ice are removed from the surface with roofing tools. This isn’t necessary for all roofs but can help larger roofs relieve weight stress.
Metal or Shingle Roofing – Does It Matter?
- Shingle Roof Repair
To correctly install shingles and protect your business against future ice dams, it’s safest to complete the roof installation in temperatures above 40 degrees. Cracks and damage are more probable when temperatures drop.
However, there are alternative installation methods to solve immediate problems. Roofing experts should handle shingles with care and do their work efficiently, reducing the risk of problems. Neglecting best practices will cause the roof to fail prematurely or cause problems down the road, such as ice dams.
- Metal Roof Repair
The installation process for metal roofing varies from other materials, such as shingles. For shingle projects, adhesives become the biggest concern at low temperatures. Metal doesn’t use these adhesives, so winter has no impact on the process. Water cannot move upward due to the design of metal roofing. In addition, snow tends to slide off the metal materials, which reduces the risk.
Hiring An Skilled Roofing Company Is Key
Working with a roofing contractor with a staff of experienced roofing professionals and certification, so winter repairs don’t end in chaos. A knowledgeable team knows when a roof requires manual sealing and makes sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and guidelines for sealants and temperatures.
While you may be tempted to take advantage of a lower price or do the repair yourself, remember that roofing companies offer high-quality work that will last for decades. If your roof requires replacement now and you can’t wait until summer, make sure you work with a company that will take the time to handle the situation in a timely manner.
If You Don’t Want a Snowman On Your Roof, Call MBM Roofing
Don’t let the cold weather stop you from calling in experts like MBM Roofing to repair your roof. We take care of every detail that can affect your roof and repair it quickly, safely, and ensure that your entire home will remain intact as if it were summer. Our experts will arrive at your door to work on your roof ASAP. Contact us today!