The cold, damp weather can often help owners realize that it’s time to replace their roofing system. If you’re experiencing leaks, drips or you’ve noticed that shingles are cracking (or in some cases, they’ve gone missing), you may be wondering if you can replace your roof right away.
Sure, the winter isn’t exactly ideal for having this type of work done, but it should be possible, right?
The best answer we can give you is “maybe.”
What you need to know
Most experts agree that you shouldn’t attempt a roof replacement when the temperature is at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The reason for this is simple- if you decide to do the job when it’s too cold, the shingles will be more prone to breaking.
If you’re going to spend a bunch of money to buy new shingles for your roof, you don’t want to lose 20% of them (or more) because they crack, split or otherwise wind up damaged when the installer hammers them onto your roof.
A second problem relates to self-adhering shingles. If the temperature drops below 40 degrees, the sealing strips are less likely to stick. This generally isn’t a problem during the spring, summer and fall, but it’s a fairly common issue during the coldest months of the year.
What are my options?
If you find yourself wondering “when can I replace my roof,” the good news is that you can still start the process of interviewing contractors—despite the cold outdoor temperatures. Remember—it’s always best to get bids from several companies and you’ll want to keep in mind that the cheapest bid isn’t always the best pick.
Be sure to check out each company’s online reviews, ask each one to provide you with several local references and find out whether they are licensed and insured. If you get an amazing bid from a company, but you later find out that their reviews are terrible, you’ll want to steer clear.
Lastly, since a lot of people aren’t in the market to reroof their homes during the colder months of the year, you may get a break on pricing. You may not be able to get the work scheduled right away, but you’re likely to get the first available appointment.
If you find you have an immediate problem that can’t be put off, be sure to ask the contractors you’re speaking with about winter roof repair services. This will help buy you some time until the outdoor temps get a bit warmer.
Best roofers in Colorado
If you need help with roof repair or replacement in Northern Colorado, the experts at Capital Roofing & Restoration can help. Our company is licensed and insured, and we have years of experience in helping local homeowners with all types of roofing system problems, big or small.
For more information on our company, our rates or to schedule a free replace my roof estimate, call us today at 720-542-8715 to get started.