If you live in a part of the country, like Massachusetts, with harsh winters, you may be wondering why anyone would consider replacing the roof in winter. Well, it's not as uncommon as you might think. Many roofing contractors offer year-round services, even in cold and snowy places like Massachusetts, where I am from. Massachusetts roof homes are no different for a roofing contractor during the winter than they do any other time of the year, with a few exceptions, and some roofers and crews even say they prefer it. First let’s move on to what makes it difficult for the roof to be used this time of year and the arguments against installing a new roof.
It's too cold outside to replace the roof.
This argument simply does not take care. It may be cold now, but who cares? Your roof doesn't care. The crew installing your roof doesn't care. Don't worry about the guys doing the installation. If the cold weather bothered them so much, they wouldn't be up there installing your new roof, they would be doing the job indoors. I know a lot of guys who prefer a roof over cold weather just because it's cold. Try to cover the black roof in the middle of summer. Lots of fun, I tell you. In summer, if it's 90 degrees on the ground, it feels like it's 110 degrees up on that roof (and sometimes it is).
There is too much snow on my roof for me to replace right now.
This is my friend, why God created snow shovels. It's really no big deal to throw snow off the roof. It usually takes half an hour to an hour to remove the snow, and most roofers do not even charge for it until they are there to replace the roof, not just snow shoveling (a service provided by many roof companies in the Northeast). Does the crew have to be careful while doing so to avoid falling? Of course. However, the crew needs to be careful when it comes to house roofs, this is nothing new. These guys are professionals and safety should always come first, and it always comes first with a responsible roofing company.
Okay, I just gave you 2 reasons why many people think that roofs should not be done in the winter and why they are not good at all. Let me give you the top 4 reasons you should consider replacing a roof at this time of year.
1.) Ice dams that cause leaks.
Massachusetts winter weather tests your home and roof differently than at any other time of the year. The most common cause of a roof leak during winter is a terrible ice dam. An ice dam builds up over the eaves of the house from the accumulated snow that melts and falls down the roof just to freshen up at the very edge of the roof line. Here in Massachusetts, as well as other areas of cold climates, roofing contractors use a product called the "ice and water barrier" along with proper flickering techniques along the edge of the liquid to prevent ice dams from damaging your home and causing leaks. This technique, if performed properly, provides additional protection at least 3 meters upwards from all edges of the roof. Many older roofs do not have an "ice and water barrier" installed. If your roof is leaking due to ice dams, this could be a great time to redecorate the roof properly and ensure that the ice dams will no longer bother you and your home.
2.) Winter conditions generally exacerbate a bad roof.
If you had a bad roof before the winter hit, it would only be in worse shape when spring came. There are many factors that can affect your roof in cold weather. I already talked about ice dams, but there are more. During winter, as the temperature varies, the sequins appear to expand and shrink, causing them to twist and crack on older sequins. Now let's say some of your old roof shingles curl up a bit, and then you get nice wet, heavy snow and the weight of the snow causes some of these twisted shingles to crack. You now have a potential new roof leak. Also, when that moist, heavy snow freezes, it will probably cause even more damage to your old roof shingles. The thawing and thawing that happens during the winter is not only bad for old shingles. Old roofs hate cold winters.
3.) Faster service on your new roof installation.
The simple fact is that Massachusetts roofing contractors, and roofers in general, are not so busy during the winter. What this means for a homeowner who needs a new roof is that the roofing contractor will be able to install their new roof within days of signing the contract, unlike weeks of waiting or even sometimes months if you endure until spring, summer and fall. For many homeowners, this reason should be sufficient to get your roof out in the winter.
4.) Save money by taking advantage of the slow time of year for roofing.
Who doesn't want to save as much money as possible, especially when it comes to a costly home improvement project such as roofing. For the same reasons that during the winter you may receive a faster installation service on a new roof from a roofing supplier, you are likely to get a better price than you would in the warmer months. Most professional roof installers will give you the same guarantee of work for a roof installed in winter as a roof installed at any other time of the year. The shingle manufacturer provides the material guarantee and will be the same no matter what season the roof is installed. Roofing contractors want to retain employees and will give you a better price just to avoid firing employees during the winter downturn.
So what are you waiting for? If you have a home with an older roof that needs replacing, get in touch with a local roofing contractor and find out for yourself why a Massachusetts home roof or home in any other area is a perfectly viable option in the winter and often a purchase!