Can a Roof be Replaced or Repaired in the Winter?
How Winter Weather Conditions Can Damage your Roof
Winter can cause significant damage to your roof, especially if you have an older roof. The main two issues Calgary home and business owners face include ice dams and heavy snowfall. Your shingles are more likely to get damaged due to the weight and pressure from snow accumulation. If the issue is not properly and promptly addressed, it can lead to leaks and serious internal damage to your property.
When temperatures go below freezing, your shingles are more likely to crack. Hailstorms from the spring and summer months can worsen the problem. Our expert roofers recommend roof inspections before and after winter. This ensures damage is addressed as soon as possible. Ice dams are another common issue for Calgarians. Our ever-changing weather patterns cause ice to melt and freeze again throughout the winter months. When heat escapes from your roof it melts snow, this snow turns to water and can collect in your eavestrough or throughout the lower layers of your roof. When temperatures decrease again, this puddle of water can freeze. The build-up increases the risk of your shingles cracking, this jeopardizes the safety of your property.
Types of Roofing in the Winter
The structure of your roof and the materials used play a huge part in how your Calgary roofer will complete your winter roofing job.
- Sloped Roofs with asphalt shingles- Asphalt roofs are one of the most popular roofs in Calgary. However, installing asphalt shingles requires an expert touch. Your roofer has to hand seal each section individually or else you run the risk of leaks. They also need to apply the right amount of pressure when nailing down shingles or else they risk breaking or cracking the shingle. If you have an asphalt roof and need to repair or replace it, check the weather and book your service when temperatures are above freezing as this can reduce the possibility of your shingles breaking.
- Metal Roofs – Metal roofs are an excellent choice if you live in a colder climate, they are typically lightweight and have a much longer lifespan when compared to other roofing products. Metal roofs are also less prone to water damage as melting snow and ice slide right off. If you are looking to switch, Dedicated Roofing provides labor warranties and manufacturer warranties for up to 50 years for metal roofs.