Can You Replace a Roof in Winter?

Winter roof with solar panels and light snow

A winter roofing replacement might seem like unfortunate timing, but in the event of an emergency, you might not have another choice. 

Plus, choosing the off-season for roofing services may offer some advantages you haven’t considered.
Let’s look at considerations for replacing a roof in the winter, what interruptions could impact the timeline, and the optimal season for a roof replacement. 

Can you replace a roof in winter?

The short answer is yes, replacing roofing in the winter is possible. It’s best done by professionals who know their way around winter weather. 

You might be surprised to learn that you could benefit from replacing your roof in the winter. It’s true! Opting for winter roofing services means:  

  • It’s easier to get on the schedule because there are typically fewer requests 
  • Roofing companies sometimes offer discounts on their services because it’s their off-season. 

Considerations for a winter roof replacement

Before you decide to take advantage of those opportunities, here are a few issues that can potentially delay your winter roofing project:

Issues with tools and materials 

Frigid weather can impact a roofer’s tools, such as nail guns and compressors. 

It can also make shingles less flexible and more brittle, causing them to break more easily and making the replacement process difficult, if not impossible. 

Cold temps and high winds

Cold often leads to icy conditions that can be too hazardous for some roofing companies to work in comfortably. High winds can rip materials off your roof, making it difficult for roofing to get done properly. 

Lack of adhesive

Cold temperatures can also impact how well shingles bond and stick to your roof. In extreme circumstances, you can use roofing materials that don’t need adhesives or adhesives that work in cold temperatures. If this happens to you, our CoMitted 365 team will make recommendations that align with your needs and the weather conditions for the best result possible. 

Scheduling interruptions

These factors can delay and interrupt your winter roofing services, making the process last longer than initially anticipated. 

What is the best roof for snow load?

Both slate and metal roofing are up to the task of heavy winter snow. That’s because they’re lightweight enough while being able to withstand mounds of snow. They’re also good at ventilation, a key component to keeping ice dams at bay. 

What temperature is too cold to put a roof on?

Experts tend to agree that when temperatures dip below 40°F, it’s too cold to put a roof on. Attempting a roof replacement in such cold conditions can lead to a faulty installation and may even affect warranties on certain materials. 

What’s the perfect time of year for a roof replacement? 

The best time of year for a roof replacement is the fall, particularly when temperatures are around 55 °F with low humidity and no rain or wind to get in the way. In these conditions, your roof replacement should go off without a hitch! 

Get on our schedule this season

If you need winter roofing services this year, look no further than CoMitted 365. Composed of lifelong Minnesotans, our team knows how to work around winter conditions to get you the protection from the elements you need. 

Reach out to get on our schedule and ensure your roof is up to another Minnesota winter. 

Key takeaway: Winter roofing is possible but may come with delays based on weather conditions. This job is best left to the professionals who know how to navigate the dangers of winter weather. 

Winter roof with solar panels and light snow

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