What are the benefits and risks of replacing my roof in the winter, should I wait until Spring?

Michigan winters do not only bring ice and snow – they also bring missing shingles and leaky ceilings! As winter storms continue to arrive, the weather can have a big impact on your roof and home. Because of this, you might be thinking it may be best to replace your roof, even though winter has already set. But can you actually replace your roof in the thick of winter?

The good news is ; however, it’s important to know the benefits and risks before doing so. Take a look at our team’s pros and cons for winter roof installments:


Pro #1: Fixing All the Small Things – If you need to repair a portion of your roof – or need a complete roof overhaul – in the winter, it’s worth it. It’s better to fix smaller problems early on, rather than wait until Spring. With consistent rain and snow throughout the winter season, it can further damage your roof; and if you wait out the season, you may be pumping more money into your home than you expected. With the help of a certified roofing company or contractor, those pesky little problems can be fixed in no time at all.

Pro #2: Maintaining Structural Integrity – All the small things tend to pile up. For example, if you discover a roof leak at the end of November and decide to wait to fix it, the leak could cause structural damage to your home. As roofing materials expand and contract due to winter freezes and thaws, more leaks may appear – and no one wants that.

Con #1: Brittle Shingles – Ideally, shingles should be replaced in a moderate to warm temperate – between 40 degree and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Why is this the case? Asphalt shingles are known for breaking under pressure, and even quality shingles can crack when hammered. The likelihood of this happening increases when you try to replace shingles when it’s below freezing. Although winter can be a great season to give a call to your local roofing company or contractor, you may want to wait until you have a warmer, winter day before installing a new roof on your home.

Con #2: Finicky Adhesive – Along with brittle, prone-to-cracking shingles, adhesive tends to stop sticking on cold winter days. Similar to when a surface is too smooth or not dry enough, days when it’s below 40 degrees Fahrenheit are not great for sealing asphalt shingles. We recommend you keep a close eye on the temperature and schedule installation on a mild winter day, so you can avoid the risks of breakage and non-sticking adhesive.

If you have any questions or concerns about winter installments or your own roof, stop on by! We service Saginaw, Midland, Bay City and surrounding areas, and would love to work with you on roofing needs. Let’s have a conversation about how we can help you – and your home – this winter season!

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