In Denver CO, the cold season is just a prelude to the immense drop in temperature during winter. While it’s miles in comfort when reputable and professional Denver CO roofers compare it to working long hours under the sun, it’s still never a great idea to install metal roof during winter. Your professional roofer might be wearing the best roofing boots available. However, the roof surface becomes slippery during snowfall. Add the high residential slope to this, and the risk of drop is definitely imminent.
However, a metal roof installed before the arrival of winter brings many benefits. In fact, it is one of the best roofing materials for winter because it can work efficiently with snow guards and attic insulation with soffit and fascia vents. Additionally, it can warm your home with its excellent insulating capabilities. Jancewicz & Son Roofing claims it as one of the best winter roofing materials too.
Why Metal Roofing is Excellent for Winter
Metal roofing is lightweight yet durable making it a perfect choice for cold climates. The snow and ice slide right off of it which also deters dangerous and destructive icicle from forming. Snow guards can also be installed. These guide the snow making sure that it safely slides off little by little. If installed properly by roofers in Vermont, your metal roof can also be very energy efficient and keep your home warm all winter long, lowering your high energy bills and saving you money. Metal acts as an insulator and allows the air to circulate. This will not only keep your home warmer in the winter and lower your heating bills, but it will also keep your home cooler in the summer, lowering your cooling bills as well. (Continued)
However, as we said, to install metal roof during winter or any kind of roofing material for that matter is a person asking for injuries. Roofers may wear safety harnesses and use the best and sturdiest scaffolding. On the other hand, the snow only guarantees slippery surfaces, which will affect the roofer’s grip and capability to use their tools. We aren’t even talking about the cold that accelerates working fatigue too.
In addition, equipment may not work as effectively in cold temperatures. Compressors and air guns have a specific humidity rating for us — and it isn’t made for outdoor winter use. While metal can bend and get cut regardless of temperature, a sub-optimally operating tool cannot guarantee accurate results. RSG Construction has a great discussion about this below, and even if it refers to asphalt shingle roofs, the problems also reflect with metal roofs.
Install Metal Roof During Winter: A Bad Idea Even With Other Roofing Materials
Shingles don’t adhere as well in cold weather, for a variety of reasons. The asphalt in shingles becomes less flexible in lower temperatures. When it’s harder to bend shingles, they can’t be cut straight. Because they are brittle, they are likely to be overdriven by pressurized nail guns. Cold weather also increases the chances that the self-sealant strip on the back of the shingle, which is activated by the sun’s heat, won’t activate. This can keep the shingles from binding together, and a strong winter wind can easily catch them and blow them off.
Also, the tools we use to shingle a roof can be affected by temperature. Our compressors and air guns have humidity in them. In lower temperatures, the moisture can freeze and reduce airflow. It’s very important that the nail pressure used to attach the shingle is not under-driven or over-driven, and if the pressure of the tool isn’t optimal, there is a risk that the shingles will not be applied properly.
Of course there are always outlying emergencies where a roof must be applied in frigid conditions. Sometimes the seriousness of the roofing situation is bad enough that the roof can’t wait, and there are additional steps that can be taken to mitigate the risk of poor shingle application. (Continued Reading)
While we can prevent having to install metal roof during winter, it’s impossible to stop possible leaks and other roofing maladies from happening during the season. When this happens, it’s important to identify these issues fast before you call your contractors.
Herb Lodde & Sons Roofing has a comprehensive list of problems that happen to roofs during winter. We hope you never have to check a mark right next to any of it!
Common Problems Any Metal Roof Home Faces During Winter
1. Leaks around Flashing
Flashings – the metal strips placed at corners, ridges, and edges – can be prone to leaking, especially if they’re damaged during a harsh winter storm.
You should inspect your flashings at least twice per year (particularly after bad storms) to catch and repair flaws early and prevent moisture from seeping in.
2. Cracked and Broken Shingles
It’s not uncommon for shingles to be affected by wintery conditions – whether they’re blown off by a gust of wind or cracked by a falling tree branch. Missing shingles can leave your roof exposed and vulnerable to the elements, which is why it’s crucial you have your roof assessed and repaired promptly. (Continued)
Whether it’s sunny or snowy, our team at Ropa Roofing is dedicated to delivering top-quality roofing services. We have decades of experience handling all kinds of services from roof repairs to replacements. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you!