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Most of us will agree that winter is not the best season for any kind of home maintenance. Having a roof replaced in winter might seem like a particularly bad idea. Nevertheless, while it may be better to have a roof replaced in the warmer months sometimes that is not an option. If your roof needs replacing NOW call in the professionals. At Polaris Roofing Systems our level of expertise will ensure the best roof replacement for your home any time of year.
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Should I Wait Until Spring?

Although winter roofing can have its own difficulties, a company like Polaris Roofing Systems,  will have the correct training and tools to overcome these challenges and work in colder temperatures. If an immediate roof replacement is what’s needed, delaying the job until Spring may prove to be a costly mistake.

When working in winter, roofing contractors will have to take lower temperatures and adverse weather conditions into consideration. Contractors generally prefer temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit to work. 40 degrees Fahrenheit, however, is considered suitable for roofing work. Temperatures lower than this can affect the materials; although it is possible to work around these conditions to get the job done. Check out these common roof problems we see when snowfalls.

Knowing what to expect is important, and it is best to discuss the process with your roofing company before deciding whether to go ahead with the job. A good roofing contractor will be happy to discuss the details of the job with you and answer any questions you have.

Roofing Material

The majority of roofs in the U.S. are made from asphalt shingles. This material can become more brittle and more prone to breakages and cracking in colder weather. A good roofing contractor will know how to handle the shingles in the colder temperatures, taking extra care when fitting and nailing to ensure no damage occurs.

In addition to nailing, asphalt shingles are held down with a sealant to prevent moisture penetration. Sometimes the lower temperatures can affect the sealant used in the roofing process. In warmer temperatures, the sealant will usually seal on its own due to the combination of pressure and natural heat from the sun.

However, in winter, the contractor will need to manually apply heat to all the shingles to ensure the sealant takes hold. This will be more time consuming, but the advantage is the guaranteed that every single shingle has been fully sealed.

Metal roofing material is an alternative and does not experience the same issues as asphalt when fitting in cold temperatures. Metal roofs do not require sealant and are less prone to water penetration since snow or moisture generally just slides off it. However, metal and asphalt roofs are quite different in appearance, and it comes down to a matter of taste as to which one you choose.

Hazardous Conditions

Working conditions will be more hazardous in colder temperatures. Ice and debris can make the surface slippery underfoot and shorter daylight hours will mean less productivity. With this in mind, be prepared for the job to take a bit longer than a summer roof replacement.

A professional roofing contractor will not work in unsafe conditions and will keep you informed as to whether or not they need to stall the job and wait for improved conditions. You may have to wait for a spell of sunny days. This can bring temperatures up a bit and allow the roofers to work with the natural heat of the roof and sun to get the best results.

At Polaris Roofing Systems we have the tools and the know-how to get your roof replaced when you need it. Call Us On (928) 699-4840 for a quote.

Justin Young

Justin Young

Justin young has been in the construction trade for nearly 25 years, focusing on insurance restoration and roofing. While attending Arizona State he worked in new construction custom homes until the opportunity came to get back into restoration and roofing. Roofing came full circle and Justin was promoted to General Manager of a local roofing company. As that progressed he ventured out on his own to start his own company, Polaris Roofing Systems. He prides himself on being on the cutting edge of roofing materials, applications and roof quality. Justin enjoys spending time with his 2 young children and wife. Justin prides himself, his company and continued growth on the people around him and the integrity for which it stands for.

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