Can I Replace My Roof In The Winter?

Written by Allie Reyes

February 7, 2022

It’s the question on every home owner’s mind in northern climates. Construction crews work hard to build up their projects every winter before the cold weather sets. It’s a mad rush to get the homes done before winter – and if you’ve ever worked outside in northern climates, you know how brutal the weather becomes.

The good news is it is absolutely possible to have a successful roof replacement during the winter months. For example, suppose your roof leaks or needs repaired during the winter. In that case, we strongly advise that you make necessary fixes as soon as feasible to reduce the chance of additional harm.

Roofing in Cold Weather

Over 90% of roofing companies close in the winter months. The ones that stay open are generally, but not always, your bigger box stores.

But did you know that experienced and seasoned roofing crews can roof all year long? It is most typical to see roofs replaced from April to October. Roofing contractors can still work with the right roofing materials in the winter months. Roofing in cold weather helps keep everyone’s schedule consistent with job security year-round. You will find that some contractors will charge more for working in the winter months, and some offer steep discounts for the extra work in the winter.

So how do they work in the winter?

It would be best to have a detailed plan to go forward with a winter roofing project. A critical aspect of this plan is getting the right materials for the roof. You can’t exactly install a metal roof or shingle roof if there is snow and ice on the ground – it would be too dangerous. So, if you are planning on roofing in the wintertime, you will have to have your supply list ready.

Now, most roofing contractors will take care of that, no doubt. However, it would help if you made sure to review the supply list and have the proper shingles that can be installed down to inclement weather. For example, Owens Corning Duration shingles can be installed down to 40 degrees, and the Duration Flex shingles can be installed down to 11 degrees.  

The exact requirements for successful job applications in the winter months – experience being the most important. The last thing you want is to have an inexperienced team putting your family’s safety at risk.

The weather might not be perfect, but it can’t stop construction!

New Roof in Cold Weather

Let’s look at a few reasons why you should still get your roof replaced during the winter months.

Proper weatherization and insulation are extremely important to maintain a comfortable home. When a roof leaks, there are times when water can pool in ceilings or under floors before it even makes it down the walls. This is because roofs are above ceilings and floors, meaning that water will pool in the highest level of your home before making its way to where you can see or feel it.

Getting your roof replaced during the winter months will help avoid these complications. Most companies that work in cold weather are already used to dealing with snow, sleet, and hail. Therefore, winter roofing companies can be counted on for a more precise schedule estimate instead of an overestimation. Availability is generally more limited during the summer due to demand. Still, you will have no problem finding a roofing company during the winter.

Where to Get Insurance Help

Suppose you have issues with your roof leaking or need help with your insurance claim with insurance companies. In that case, it’s best to find a seasoned roofing contractor well-versed in dealing with insurance policies.

Suppose your home has experienced any winter damage due to inclement weather. In that case, it’s essential to know that not all insurance policies cover the same type or amount of damages. Again, an agency representative or your roofing contractor partner will be able to help make sure your claim gets appropriately documented and submitted on time.

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Is it cheaper to replace a roof in the winter?

The first thing you need to consider is, do I have damage on my roof now, and how extensive is it? That is the number one thing you need to assess. Suppose there is damage to your roof, and it’s comprehensive. In that case, replacing a roof in the wintertime could be cheaper and even better for you long term by preventing further costly damages. On the other hand, if you do not have roof damage and still want to replace it because you don’t like how it looks, then don’t let winter months limit your options.

Replacing a roof can be done nearly every dry day of the year with suitable materials and tools. Keep in mind that multiple factors will determine if you should replace your roof now or not. We recommend contacting your local roofing contractor to assess the damage or replace it right away.

When roofs are done during the winter months, they can be completed quicker and with better insulation than summers, where roofs are in an influx with high demand. Summer roofing is preferred because of higher demand due to more favorable weather temperatures. However, a winter roof replacement is a much more efficient time to replace a roofing system because of material and crew availability. We always recommend contacting your local roofing contractor to assess the damage and possibly replace it immediately.

What temperature is too cold to install shingles?

If your current roof uses asphalt shingles, the most popular shingles can be used down to 40 degrees, and the top-tier shingles can be used down to 11 degrees. When it gets down to 39 degrees or below, Duration Flex Shingles by Owens Corning should be your #1 choice. If you are replacing the roof on your home, make sure no snow or water is present on your roof on installation day.

When you’re roofing in the colder months, it’s crucial to be mindful of how it will affect your new shingles. During the winter season, you must use specific tools and materials for extreme weather and current temperature conditions. Many contractors start early on roofs like these while still allowing some time to work on them in the evening or at night.

Winter is a prime time for roofers during this season. Don’t let the season or harsh winter weather slow down your roof replacement. Because of the availability and weather, contractors usually plan to use this time of year to invest in projects that need a new roof.

The main issue you will face is finding a contractor who can come out and do things like tear-off or repair your roof due to winter damage.  

Regardless, your home needs a complete and proper secondary layer of protection that can withstand ice dams and other winter damage in the future. Make sure your roof is up to code and installed correctly.  

What are the best shingles to put on my roof in winter?

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Owens Corning Duration Flex Shingles

Traditional asphalt shingles require constant maintenance and replacement. Still, Owens Corning TruDefinition® Duration FLEX® shingles are constructed with a unique blend of SBS polymer modified asphalt that needs no upkeep or replacement. In addition, the resilient, flexible qualities of the exceptionally mixed SBS modified asphalt shingles are enhanced by the rubberizing effect. Additionally, FLEX Premium Duration Shingles have an impact rating of 4. They are approved by UL 2218 Class 4, which qualifies you for a homeowner insurance discount if you have homeowners insurance.

Duration Flex Asphalt Shingles – Installation, Repair & Removal Costs

Installation – Duration Flex Asphalt Shingles are the most common residential roof coverings in the winter months. They come in a wide variety of styles and colors to complement any home. Please note that the lifespan of asphalt shingles is 20-30 years, and it is essential to replace them before they reach their expiration.

Repair – Duration Flex shingles provide 42 percent more nail pull-resistance against the wind than standard shingles. In all-weather installation scenarios, the Duration FLEXTM shingles’ flexibility helps prevent fractures and tears – they have more than 10% greater tear strength than standard shingles.

Cost – Duration Flex shingles expected cost could range from $300-$500 per square, including material and labor.

Suppose you are interested or need a roof replacement during these winter months. In that case, Crossroads Roofing is a proud Owens Corning partner that can assist in your roof replacement. Please book an appointment online or call us at 317-643-9898 to schedule your Free Roof Inspection.

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