A Cold Winter And Your Roofing Options

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The worst has happened and now you have to have a roof replacement done in the winter, is it even possible? The quick answer is yes and no. We said it was a quick answer, not the best answer.

It is yes and no because it depends on a number of factors, such as the materials that are going to be used and the actual temperatures at the time of installation. Your typical asphalt shingles need to installed between 40 and 80 degrees according to Underwriters Labs (UL). Installing shingles below 40 degrees can make them brittle and prone to breakage, which can increase your materials charge. Add that to the 20% increase some contractors charge during the winter months and you can see the problem. Installation below 40 degrees also requires a special adhesive, which if not used could risk you voiding your warranty.

Metal roofing, however takes the gold medal for being winter weather warriors. They’re easiest to install in the winter because they maintain their shape and aren’t affected by the cold. They are generally faster to install and don’t use any special adhesives or tools. You’re less likely to be charged an extra winter installation fee and without any worry about breakage there are no extra material charges either. Add that to the fact it has a superior service life (50 years) the choice is pretty clear for winter roof replacement.

The faster your new roof can be replaced the faster your home can get back to normal and you can have some peace of mind that you won’t have to worry about your new roof for the next 40 to 50 years. And since a metal roof is more energy efficient, you can start reaping the benefits on your next heating bill.

As always, we are here to answer any questions you may have about metal roofing or any kind of roofing materials for that matter. Either give DYMI Construction a call or drop us note today.

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