Pros and Cons of Installing Shingles in Winter
Although the winter is not the ideal time to be replacing shingles, sometimes it is a necessity. Lets talk about how the human element, the tools involved, and the shingle product can all be affected by the cold weather.
Challenges with Installation
In Texas we aren’t bombarded with snowstorms, but ice is expected in the winter months. When the temperature dips towards freezing, it is much more difficult for roofing crews to work effectively. In order to install new shingles, the workers must strip the roof to the bare deck. With any rain or ice, the roof can get very slippery. This increases the risk for slips and accidents. If the workers are constantly focused on not slipping, they are not focused on the roofing job at hand. This can reduce the speed of their work.
Some tools that are involved in roofing are not affected much by temperature, but some very important ones certainly are. Any sort of compressor, such as a nail gun, is directly affected. The air in the line can gather moisture that can freeze during cold weather. This can cause the strength of the compressed air to shift, resulting in the nails not being properly deployed.
The shingles themselves are made of a type of asphalt material which because hard and inflexible during cold weather. This can make the installation tedious and not ideal. It is still possible to install the shingles properly, but the crew must be extra conscious of the changes that need to be made in the method of installation. Every shingle comes with a self-sealant strip that activates within a certain temperature range. If the shingle is not “tabbing” or sealing properly, a crew must manually seal them with roofing cement.
While installing shingles during winter is not an ideal situation, it is possible with a crew that is skilled in winter shingle installation. The professionals at Peak Roofing Systems are dedicated to installing the best roof that your money can buy. If you are looking for a roofing company in Frisco, TX, consider calling us at 972-731-7663.