In many places across the states, it’s starting to get cold. Temperatures are dropping, snow is falling and little by little, the days are getting shorter. But that doesn’t mean our roofs are going to behave the way we want them to.
Home improvements wait for no man—and no weather. If you find yourself in a situation that has you installing shingles in a cold climate then this guide is for you.
Here at the roof guys, we know roofing! That’s why we’ve put together our very best cold weather roof tips for all you amateur roofers out there. Read on to find out everything you need to know.
When the weather drops below a certain temperature, certain things begin to change, and not function in the way they normally would. Our bodies, of course, will be less comfortable and thus less well able to focus on the task at hand.
But did you know that your tools and your materials can also have the same problem? Depending on what type of roof shingles you’re using, they may become more brittle and prone to breakage in cold weather. Nail guns may also be more prone to jamming, something to note.
The first thing you’ll need to do is plan a suitable day. In fall and winter, there’s an increased chance of rain and snow. You will want to pick the best day available to you to make your task as easy and as safe as possible.
Next, you’ll need to make sure you’re taking the necessary extra safety precautions. If it’s icy or snowy, your roof will be more slippery. Counteract this by wearing winter work boots with extra grip and roof-fall protection equipment.
Any snow and ice should be removed completely from the roof before you begin any work. This might take time, but it’s an essential step toward ensuring your safety.
You’ll need to make sure your work is methodical in cold weather. Don’t try to rush the work just to get out of the cold. This increases the risk of accidents or injuries even further.
If you’re on a residential roofing job and installing the roof in its totality, you’ll also need to be wary of ice dams forming on the roof. Make sure the attic space is properly ventilated to prevent this from happening.
Installing shingles in cold weather—especially when it’s snowing—presents its own unique set of challenges. If approached in a casual or careless manner, it can lead to serious injuries. Make sure to take time to properly prepare, and give the work the care and attention it deserves.
If you’re looking for more roofing tips, or you need help with a roofing issue, we’re always here. Call The Roof Guys today to see how we can help.