In many parts of the country, almost balmy weather conditions made December a dream month for roofers. Forget about layering up ... many roofers from North Carolina to New York were still in t-shirts!
However, as January weather settles in, colder weather is inevitable. That means polymer roofing installers need to prepare for cold weather situations.
If the temperatures have gotten nippy in your area and you're forging onwards with roofing installs, here are some tips from DaVinci Roofscapes to warm you up through the next several months:
Tip #1 - Prior to installation in colder temperatures, make sure that synthetic shake shingles and composite slate tiles have been stored flat.
Tip #2 - DaVinci's unique formula allows our synthetic roofing material to remain flexible in colder weather. It's important that the roofing shingles are laid at a very minimum 3/16”.
Tip #3 - If using a pneumatic roofing nail gun for plastic roofing materials installation, the pressure should not be set too high. You may wish to hand nail pieces in if you're having trouble with your air compressor.
Tip #4 - Cold hands? Buy some "shake and use" hand warmers to slide into your gloves.
Tip #5 - When cutting imitation slate tiles or shake alternative shingles in colder temperatures, score the lightweight roofing tiles with a straight blade and break the tile along the score or use a saw blade with smaller and finer teeth.
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