Can You Have a Roof Replaced in Winter?

Imagine this scenario, a large hail storm strikes your neighborhood and totals your roof in October. You know your favorite local roofer and you want to make sure they’re the ones on your roof. Unfortunately you’re not the only one who wants to use them and they’re backed up but they’re more than happy to get you on the waiting list. At this rate they think they will be able to get to your roof in January. January? Isn’t that too cold to put on a new roof? Basically, can you have a roof replaced in winter? The answer is more complicated than a simple yes or no. Let’s look at some of the different factors in deciding whether or not you should get your roof replaced in winter.

Can You Have a Roof Replaced in Winter?

Weather & Environment

Obviously you can’t get your roof replaced if it is covered in snow and ice. We say obviously but there are a surprising amount of people who think that you can knock off snow and ice and proceed as normal. Snow and ice pose not only a hazard to the structural integrity of the materials but to the safety of the roofing crew as well.

This is more of an issue for regions with chronic snow and ice throughout the entire winter season like the upper Midwest or New England. Some areas like Colorado or the central US may have snow and ice one week and blue skies and warm temperatures the next. In the second case you and the roofing contractor can discuss a good time in winter to get your roof install completed when it is both OK for the materials and your roofing crew.

So in cases where low temperatures and weather conditions remain constant for weeks at a time it is probably not in your best interest to have your roof replaced in winter. Other parts of the United States it will simply be a judgment call on whether ambient temperature and weather permit the installation of your roof, even in the winter.

This is another important reason to pick a local and reputable contractor that has been in business for several years. They will know when the local weather will permit a safe and quality job and when conditions may not be ideal.

How to Prepare Your Roof for an Install

So you have decided on a roofer, signed your contract and the roofing crew will be out soon to install your new roof. So what, as a homeowner, can you do to make sure your home is ready for this project? Roofcorp wants to give you some advice on getting your home ready for a new roof install.

Preparing Your Roof for an Install

Preparing Outside of the Home

You first want to make sure that your home is ready for the crew. This is all dependent on what the individual roofing company requires. Most companies like to have an empty driveway, clear access to the roof around the entire house and access to an outside power source.

You should have notification that a roofing crew will be on its way. Take this time to make sure your home is ready for anything that has been asked of you. Move large grills or other fixtures out of the way to make sure the roof has ample open access. Take this time to figure out any fixtures, plants or anything else that could possibly be damaged in the roofing process so you can move them out of the way or point them out to the roofing crew.

If access to power outside the home is unavailable make sure you string an extension cord to be available to the crews, often this could be out of your garage or even a kitchen window. Most roofing companies need to utilize electricity during your install.

You also need to make sure everything is ready inside the home. The tear off portion of a roof install can produce a lot of movement and vibrations. Take any valuable items off of walls or shelves if they have a chance of falling off. A crew will not be liable for these types of damages inside a home so make sure you give every room a once over to mitigate any potential damage.

Roofing can also produce some dust, especially in the garage and attic space. Cover anything inside these areas with a sheet or tarp to make sure they don’t get covered in dust or other small debris.

Take care of these items and you should have a happy crew and happy home. If you have further questions never hesitate to consult your roofing company before the job begins.