Roofing is mostly an outdoor activity, so weather is a factor in its feasibility and success. Needless to say, it can be challenging to fix a roof in the winter — even in Texas.
Winter is undoubtedly not the best time for this job, but any experienced roofing contractors will attest that it is not impossible as long as the necessary precautions are taken. Here, Coxco Roofing talks about how skilled roofers manage the usual risks of winter roofing.
The ideal temperature for installing asphalt shingles is anywhere between 40°F and 85°F. Anything colder renders the material more likely to crack.
To carry out wind and hail damage repair activities without breaking asphalt shingles, leading brands like GAF recommend storing products in a heated area. If the shingles are stored in a place above 70°F for at least 24 hours prior to installation, they will be easier to deal with.
Non-Activation of Adhesives
The adhesives of asphalt shingles need sunshine to activate. In other words, sealing some products can be tricky when they are located in the shade. The winter can make things worse.
As a workaround, credentialed roofers hand-seal the shingles that will not be exposed to direct sunlight. Such a technique helps mitigate the negative effects of the cold.
Slip and Fall
The snow increases the level of difficulty of pulling off a total roof replacement or even a minor roof repair. Slippery surfaces can endanger the lives of roofers, inexperienced and seasoned alike.
While it is impossible to do roofing without hazards, the chances of getting injured are reduced with the use of fall protection equipment. Hire a contractor that invests in reusable roof anchors, rope lifelines, safety harnesses, shock-absorbing lanyards and the like.
With nearly 40 years of industry excellence, Coxco Roofing has a rich history of fixing roofs in any seasons. Call (972) 441-2775 to schedule your free consultation for your winter roofing project in Irving, TX.