Let’s face it, winter in Maine is not the ideal time to do a full roof replacement.
But scenarios that require a new roof do not always become evident at opportune times. Sometimes, a delay by homeowners to address roofing problems can create emergency roofing situations, despite the season.
Winter roofing is possible, even in Maine. There are several considerations and factors that must be figured into how and when it is done, however. Not the least of which is crew safety and morale.
Factors to Consider During Winter Roofing
First and foremost is the safety and morale of a roofing crew when it comes to doing a winter roofing job. Temperature and weather are huge factors that need to be considered. High winds and cold may present unsafe conditions for a crew. Mobility also has to be considered. Tools and materials carried by the workers, along with winter clothing, can add anywhere from 30 to 45 extra pounds a worker has to carry.
Also, the roof needs to be cleared of snow and ice down to the decking for a replacement roof to be installed. Limited daylight hours can impede the ability to roof in winter and extend the amount time typically required to do a job.
Yet there are times, even during winter in Maine, when we experience warmer temperatures and plenty of sunshine that make it possible to put on a new roof, or at least make needed repairs that cannot be put off until spring. In winter, it seems weather forecasters have an easier time of knowing when snow or adverse conditions are on the way compared with more variable summer weather factors. Successful winter roofing relies on the ability to provide worker safety and that the materials and tools used can withstand the conditions.
Tools and Materials
Winter roof replacement requires effective covering of the opening necessary to complete the job.
Roofing tools, including compressors and nail guns are affected by cold temperatures and air-moisture. Nails need to be driven with a certain amount of pressure and if that is prohibited by moisture, it requires more labor by the crew to do things manually, so nails meet the required depth and are flush with shingles.
Roof shingles can become brittle and lose flexibility, and even break, during cold temperatures. The ability of asphalt shingles to self-seal can, at times, be limited by cold air.
Horch Roofing has built a steady crew of dedicated and motivated employees over the last 15 years. We rely on them to do a consistently professional job. As employees, they rely on us to have good judgment about when winter roofing is a viable choice.
Horch Roofing has been providing commercial and home roof repair, maintenance, and installation throughout Midcoast and southern Maine since 2003. Learn more about our full-service roofing and contact us for a free consultation.