Can a Roof Be Replaced in Winter?

Understanding Water and Ice Damage: Can a Roof Be Replaced in Winter?

Roof repair and replacement might seem like a home improvement project exclusive to summer. Roof work is already a risky affair. With ice, snow and frigid temperatures, this undertaking might seem too challenging for harsh winter conditions. However, winter’s colder temperatures and higher moisture levels often cause problems like leaks, broken shingles and issues from snow buildup.

Sometimes, these issues can lead to severe damages that can’t wait until the weather warms. When significant roof damages occur, repair or replacement becomes an emergency. If left, the risk of additional damages to your property rises. Tiger Roofing Inc. understands the challenges of winter roof repair and replacement and the urgency of water and ice damage.

What Temperature Is too Cold to Replace a Roof?

When it comes to understanding cold weather roofing, there are several factors to consider. Colder temperatures have a significant impact on roofing materials and work conditions. While expert roofing contractors have the necessary skills and tools to manage roof work in cold weather, most contractors need to step back when temperatures sink below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, as an industry standard.

When temperatures drop this low, the materials react poorly. Temperature and weather effects can cause shingles to become brittle and adhesives to become ineffective. Moreover, ice and snow can make a roof slippery, and the additional weight can even cause collapse, increasing the risk of injury for contractors. As a result, attempting roof work in such low temperatures can worsen the situation.

Rubber, wood and other organic materials are susceptible to frost damage, so they aren’t suitable for winter roofing. Nevertheless, metal roofing, synthetic materials like PVC and TPO and asphalt shingles are more resistant to cold. So, these materials are more suitable for winter roofing.

The Best Temperature for Roof Replacement

While the impact of weather conditions on roofing is substantial, experienced contractors can handle roof builds and repairs in cold weather — granted temperatures are above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Even so, roof installation is optimized when the weather conditions are ideal. Shingles can melt and adhere properly when temperatures are between 45 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. In these temperatures, roofing contractors won’t need to endure excessive cold or heat, making the project more manageable.

Common Winter Roof Issues and How to Tackle Them

Winter weather conditions can be harsh on residential roofs. During colder seasons, it’s essential to be attentive to the following common roof issues:

Ice Dams and Icicles

If snow builds up on your roof, warm air from inside your home rises and heat from the sun melts the snow, which causes water to flow down and pool at the eaves. Cold temperatures then cause the water to freeze over, resulting in ice dams. Ice dams can spread and cause water to work its way beneath shingles, which can lead to leaks, mold growth and eventual rot. Icicles can also cause roof leaks or damage gutters with their extra weight.

The best approach to tackling ice dams is with calcium chloride de-icer. Fill long socks or even pantyhose with this solution and place them along the eaves of your roof. The calcium chloride will reduce the water’s freezing point to melt the ice. You can use the same approach to remove icicles. Alternatively, you can contact Tiger Roofing Inc. to remove the ice dams and icicles safely.


It’s essential that the temperature in your attic matches the temperatures outside. Otherwise, if your attic is too warm, the mix of cold and warm air will cause condensation. Without ventilation, condensation can lead to mold, mildew and rot, which can then lead to extensive property damage.

The only way to effectively prevent condensation from rotting your home is to ensure proper ventilation. Use rafter and soffit vents. These vents go under the eaves of a roof. Attic fans are another way to optimize ventilation in your attic during winter.

Broken and Missing Shingles

Harsh winds and stormy weather can compromise the integrity of your roof as well. While it’s impossible to prevent damages caused by strong winds and extreme storms, you can try to assess your roof after a storm or harsh winds to look for broken or missing shingles.

If you notice these flaws, contact Tiger Roofing Inc. so that a contractor can thoroughly inspect your roof and replace any damaged shingles. Our experienced contractors will carefully evaluate the condition of your roof, offer an estimate and resolve repairs promptly.

Ways to Prepare Your Roof for Winter

While you can’t prevent bad weather, there are some practical ways you can prepare your roof for winter:

Clear out gutters to remove any debris or animal infestations, checking for damage or leaks.
Inspect the chimney, carbon monoxide detector and chimney cap.
Assess the attic for mold and mildew growth and improve ventilation and insulation if necessary.
Whether you notice damages or not, it’s worthwhile to schedule a roof inspection to thoroughly assess the condition of your roof and prioritize any repair needs. Residential roofing contractors will help you effectively prepare your roof for winter.

The Benefits of Roof Replacement in Winter

While winter might not be the ideal season for roof replacements, there are still benefits to opting for a rebuild if the need arises in winter. Beyond the primary benefits of protecting the rest of your home from additional damage and improving indoor comfort, you will also save money when replacing your roof in winter. Moreover, the investment will prepare your home for spring.

Tiger Roofing Inc. is dedicated to providing year-round roofing services. We offer contact-free estimates by satellite and only charge what your insurance company is prepared to pay. So you won’t need to risk financial stability to restore the condition of your roof.

Preparing for a Winter Roof Replacement

If you need to replace your roof in winter, it’s essential to prepare for the project by:

  • Removing wall decorations.
  • Relocating your vehicle to free parking access for contractors.
  • Letting children and pets stay with friends or family.
  • Moving patio furniture and clear out your yard.
  • Protecting or moving belongings out of your attic.
  • Securing windows.
  • Inform your neighbors to prevent upsets due to potential disruptions.

Roof replacement is an extensive project that can take a few days to complete, depending on the complexity and size of the roof. Be sure to ask any questions you may have before the project begins so that you know what to expect. Our roofing experts will keep you updated with time estimates and the project’s progress every step of the way.

Choose Tiger Roofing Inc. for Your Roofing Needs

Whether you need a thorough roof inspection to prepare for winter, roof repairs during winter or a complete rebuild, Tiger Roofing Inc. can get the job done in two days or less. Our contractors will help you prepare for roofing projects and ensure your yard is as clean as we found it.

Contact Tiger Roofing Inc. at 410-983-6922 for a free contact-less quote done by satellite or visit our site to learn more.

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