When Is It Too Cold To Shingle?
I just walked my dogs and wow…it’s cold! December in Colorado tends to be a little hard to take if you have to be outside, for work or for fun. When the barometric pressure rises, so does joint pain.
It’s not just the performance of your body that is affected by the cold. Roofing materials don’t operate well at lower temperatures either. Anything much lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit and the effort it takes for a successful roof repair requires extra planning and safety precautions compared to warmer weather.
In fact, it’s pretty common for Denver roofing contractors to charge up to 20% more during winter months.
Tips For Cold Weather Roofing
Here’s how to prepare yourself for cold weather roofing:
*Plan your work around sunlight hours and/or storm or weather events. Reduced sunlight hours means planning for your job to take longer. Wet, cold conditions mean workers can’t put in as many hours safely without needing breaks, or to call it a day. Adjust your project timelines accordingly.
*Working in the cold can make your body less responsive. Plus, being bundled up against the elements means you won’t have the same dexterity. Expect performance to naturally change or slow down.
*On top of that, more complex logistics will be required: from cleaning snow off the roof safely before starting a job, to staying safe while working, to keeping materials warm and dry when not in use, and finally, protecting the roof surface from the elements while you work. Be sure to include these extra planning steps into your project plan.
There are other specific factors that you have to consider when installing asphalt shingles in the winter. The sealant strip on the bottom side of each shingle is what bonds the courses together, and this is critical because it won’t happen in weather colder than around 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
So, to manage it in colder temperatures, you have to hand seal the shingles, which means adding a quarter-sized amount of roof cement under the front corners of each of the three tabs. This is done by hand with a caulking gun and takes way more time than a warm weather installation, so be sure you figure that into your roofing estimate.
This video provides more tips on cold weather roofing:
As mentioned in the video, ice dams can be a big problem for a roof with asphalt shingles. The weight of snow is another issue, partly because of stress on the structure, but removing snow and ice can damage the roof as well. Hiring a professional to do the work is safer all the way around.
Left unchecked, ice and snow will start to melt due to the interior heat from the house, but it can get trapped, causing the water to flow to the path of least resistance and down into your home or business.
How Much Does It Cost?
When this happens, you have to call someone to do the work no matter what the temperature is but as we mentioned, the cost is going to be higher:
If you notice leaks or water marks on the walls or ceiling of your home, the damage is already done. Some roof repair operations are relatively inexpensive; nationally, the cost for asphalt shingle roof repair is about $575. When ice damage is extensive enough to warrant roof replacement, Americans pay an average of around $6,000 to install a new asphalt roof.
Denver commercial roof repair can cost even more, depending on the square footage. Performing regular roof inspections will help to prevent some of these costly repairs and keep your roof in tip-top shape.