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Is It OK to Replace a Roof in the Fall or Winter?

As big of a job as roof replacement is, it makes sense to time the work so that it stands the highest chance of being successful without causing too much disruption to daily life. 

However, homeowners don’t get to choose when their roofs fail. If they did, roofs would never  fail, and A-to-Z Roofing & Exteriors would go out of business!

The reality is that when a roof has been damaged or neglected to the point where a full replacement is necessary, time is of the essence. A significantly faulty roof can open the door to a host of serious damages if left unfixed—damages like mold, mildew, rot, and even deterioration of structural supports including floor joists and ceiling rafters.

Time Waits for No Roof

At A-to-Z Roofing & Exteriors, we’ve seen the worst of the worst when it comes to old, damaged, and dilapidated roofs. We also provide professional, safe roofing services year-round, including full roof replacements. 

Due to the inclement weather that Colorado sees in the Fall and Winter seasons, many of our customers ask us if they should wait until Spring or Summer before pulling the trigger on a new roof installation. While it may make sense to let the snow, hail, and freezing rain pass us by before starting a roof installation project, it’s exactly the snow, hail, and freezing rain that could cause even more damage to the home over time. 

So, how much does the weather impact roof replacement work? Is it safe to schedule a roof replacement during Colorado’s colder months?

The answer is yes, roof replacements can absolutely be performed during the Fall and Winter in Colorado, but only when certain steps are taken to ensure safety and a successful project outcome. 

How Fall and Winter Roof Replacements are Different

Due to the nature of most residential roofing materials, temperature and precipitation do factor into the overall project. When asphalt shingles and roofing adhesive are exposed to very cold temperatures for long periods of time, they can become nearly impossible to work with. 

Asphalt shingles can shatter if they’re hammered when the shingles are very cold. Also, roofing adhesive isn’t as easy to work with when colder temperatures make it thicker and less pliant. 

Ideally, asphalt shingles should be installed when their temperature is between 40 and 85 degrees fahrenheit. A similar range is ideal for fiberglass shingles, too. But, in the midst of a cold Colorado winter, the shingles might need to be stored in a climate-controlled environment until they’re ready to be installed. For this purpose, a garage or nearby warehouse can suffice as a temporary home for all required roofing materials, keeping them in good condition for when Roof Replacement Day comes. 

If the temperatures outside are really cold, it might be worth rescheduling your roof replacement. The decision to do so will be made by the project manager overseeing your job.

All things considered, getting your roof replaced in the Fall or Winter doesn’t pose any real problems as long as the roofing contractor you’re using knows what they’re doing. 

(We certainly do!)

The ‘Secret’ about Off-Season Roof Replacements

Want to know a lesser-known secret about the roofing industry? 

It’s this: Fall and Winter are actually good times to schedule a roof replacement because it’s the slower part of the year for roofers. Because of this, you’ll be more likely to schedule your roof replacement on days that work best for you, as our work schedules will be lighter compared with the busy season. 

Some roofing companies will even offer limited-time offers to incentivize homeowners to proceed in scheduling their roof replacements in the Fall or Winter. 

At A-to-Z Roofing & Exteriors, we’re passionate about repairing, restoring, and replacing roofs of all types throughout Colorado. Our team consists of trained, knowledgeable roofing technicians who know how to execute a roof repair or replacement strategy that coordinates with the time of year. 

If your roof is in need of replacement, or if you think it might be, contact us as soon as possible. The last thing you want is for your already-damaged roof to create an even costlier problem for you as the winter weather brings its full force. 

To get started with a free, no-obligation estimate to repair or replace your roof, contact our team today. 

We’re looking forward to putting our 37 years of roofing experience to good use, so you can have peace of mind knowing your building is protected year-round.

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