Can I replace my roof when it is raining?

It doesn’t rain all the time in Michigan, but if it’s slated to rain, we always get the question: “Can my roof still be replaced if it is rain?”

The short answer is no – a reputable roofing company or roofer will always err on the side of caution and postpone or reschedule a roofing job if it is raining. Going forth with a scheduled job during wet weather puts workers at risk and can expose your home to water damage. Not to mention a roofing replacement in the rain could put your warranty at risk of being voided. Learn more about how rain can pose risk to workers and your home below:

Improper Shingle Adhesion

Installing a roof during wet weather can easily cause a new roof to fail. At best, your roofing investment will not last as long as it could with proper installation. Roofing materials have a hard time adhering to slick, wet surfaces. If the surface is wet before the roof replacement, moisture could be trapped inside of your home, causing your roof to mold or rot in the future.

Risk for Roofing Professionals

In addition to a risk for improper shingle adhesion and roof failure, rainy weather is also dangerous for those working on your roof! In order to mitigate all roofing replacement risks, no roofing company – or contractor – should agree to work in the rain. If you need to undergo emergency repairs, be cautious when hiring a roofing contractor, and always attempt to make a quick fix and wait for better weather.

Danger for Voided Warranties

Licensed roofing companies and contractors have specific guidelines for how roofing materials should be installed. For a manufacturer to guarantee its products, these guidelines must be met, in addition to installation with the right roofing conditions. Because rain can hinder the roofing installation process, the manufacturer is not liable for any damage from workmanship, as it can be attributed to inclement weather and poor conditions.

What if it rains anyways?

You know the saying goes: “When it rains, it pours.” We recommend scheduling roof replacements during clear conditions, but it cannot always be avoided. While a forecast can project clear, sunny skies, sometimes it ends up raining anyways.

If it does end up raining in the middle of a roofing job, don’t worry! Licensed roofing professionals always have tarps available and can tarp your roof in the event of adverse weather. This layer of protection will temporarily act as a barrier to rain, so no water will enter your home. Once the rainy weather passes, your roofers will be good to go.

Still have more questions about roofing replacements and risky weather? Contact your local roofing company and speak with one of our experts. As we have been in the industry for over 40 years, we have seen it all – rain or shine. We are happy to give you advice depending on your home’s need, and we look forward to serving you in the near future.

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