As we near Fall and the weather turns colder, we often get calls by people who are in a panic to replace their roof. Some actually think we close down for a few months until it begins to warm up again. The fact is, it’s okay to install shingles in the winter. As long as it’s not too cold.
For those who are worried the shingles won’t seal down when it’s colder, know that it’s usually10-20 degrees warmer on the roof (especially when the sun’s shining). Even in the coldest temperatures, it only takes is a few days of sunlight for the shingles to seal down thoroughly. And if there are a few stragglers, we have a 10 year labor warranty — we’ll take care of it.
If I were having a roof installed, I’d actually prefer it to be done in cooler temperatures. In the heat of the summer (when people think it’s the best time), it’s actually the worst time to have a roof installed (by companies whose employees aren’t careful, anyway). Shingles are made of asphalt, and when they heat up, they’re very easy to scuff. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on roofs installed by others that include skid marks and actual foot prints here and there — all installed in the summer, I have no doubt.
So if you’re waiting until Spring for a new roof, but you really need one sooner, don’t wait. It’s okay to roof now,