Winter is the season of festivals, family fun, holidays and COLD weather. It's the time of year many enjoy time with with family and friends indoors. But is the season good for roofing as well? There is no clear answer.
Passions run high among roofers whenever the topic comes up. Special care needs to be used when working with steep slope roofing materials in freezing temperatures. Self-adhering membranes sometimes don’t stick, underlayments are hard to roll out or crack, caulking is impossibly stuck in the tube, and shingles become brittle and crack. Many manufacturers will not allow their materials to be installed when the outside temperature is below 40 or 45 degrees F. This is a big problem for roof installers throughout the country during the winter months. For those roofers who work in high mountain country where temperatures can reach 45 F at night in August, it is a big problem year round.
On the other hand, some roofers don't think it is necessary to wait for warmer weather to repair or replace your roof. They rely on expert skills and modern roofing materials to repair and replace roofs in colder weather. Our engineered resin system is designed so that the tiles remain flexible in cold temperatures and can usually be installed in temperatures as cold as 20 degrees F. When installing DaVinci Slate or composite Shake in cold temperatures you must make sure that the tiles have been stored flat and are flat when installed. You must make certain that the space between tiles is at a very minimum 3/16”. Quick tip: If using a pneumatic roofing nail gun make sure that the pressure isn’t set too high.