Winter Roofing – Pros & Cons

02/20/2018

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While some may throw aside the notion of ever attempting to do roof maintenance during the cold weather months, there are actually a handful of benefits. If you’ve been thinking about updating your roof in the near future, here’s a quick Pros & Cons list to help you decide whether it’s best to get started now or later in the year:

PROS

  • Waiting Can Worsen Problems: If your shingles are currently curling or cracking, or if your roof is suffering any other damage that’s increasing more over time, waiting until summer might mean more in damage costs.

  • Better Instant Defense: Fixing it now can definitely help put you at ease. Your roof is a very important part of your property and it deserves to always be in prime condition.

  • Pricing: Since winter is a peak off-season for roofing professionals, you may get to enjoy the advantage of discounted prices if you decide to fix your roof during the cold weather months.

  • Too Much Build Up?: Too much snow or ice build up on top of your roof increases the risk of it damaging or even collapsing. If this is the case with your roof, look to get it fixed as soon as possible.

CONS

  • Harsh Weather: The most obvious reason roofing is considered less popular during the winter months. While an experienced contractor will know their limits when it comes to dealing with certain kinds of weather, there is always risk involved, and that risk of injury definitely increases when harsher weather occurs.

  • Temperature Affecting Materials: Certain tools can be quite sensitive to the cold temperatures. For example, the cold weather can sometimes prevent shingles from sealing fully. This can result in leaving weak spots where moisture can sneak through.