- By: Branden Hubbard
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There are so many things we never think about as homeowners. Roofing is something that just needs to work and, as soon as it doesn’t, it needs to be fixed. But there are plenty of things to consider when replacing your roof, including the temperature when the work is being done.
While we may not want to think about it now that summer is finally here, there is more time in Minnesota that’s cold than hot. But are cold temperatures okay for roofing? Does that mean that all roofing work needs to be crammed into a two month period in the height of summer? How do you know what is a safe and adequate temperature for the roofing materials and how does other weather impact the process?
The Temperature Sweet Spot
70 to 80 degrees is the perfect temperature to put roofing on a home. And while we know that summer isn’t the longest season in Minneapolis, it will be the busy season for roofing companies.
But that doesn’t mean roofing services can only be performed during these times. As long as weather conditions are safe for the physical process, experts can handle it most of the year. However, it isn’t recommended to put a roof on in temperatures under 40 degrees or if the thermometer climbs higher than 85.
While some of the concerns are working conditions in extreme heat or cold, your roofing material needs to seal properly to provide the right weather protection for your home. While it can be done at almost any temperature, trying to do it within the sweet spot will be most advantageous for you in the long run.
What to Do if It’s Too Cold?
While warm, calm, and dry are ideal conditions for roofing, there will certainly be times when this isn’t possible. A roof might not wait until spring to leak. Damage can come after storms in any season. So, companies do generally have contingent plans for roofing in weather technically considered too cold.
Lower than 50 degrees and the roofing company will need to take extra precautions for material quality and safety of their contractors. They will likely work with homeowners to ensure that work can be completed during the limited daylight hours and with the ability to take more breaks. Know that being protected against cold weather will make your roofers a little less mobile and dexterous, so the project may take more time than it would in ideal conditions.
Contractor Safety Concerns
Of course, beyond the temperature itself, there are safety concerns when roofing in the cold. In the St. Paul area, snow loads on roofs will likely be an issue throughout the winter when it never really has a chance to melt.
Roof surfaces will be more slippery, even if snow isn’t covering them. Keep in mind that even if snow is cleared, the roof can become its own unique ecosystem dealing with outside air and radiant eat from the home or attic space. So working more deliberately and using roof safety equipment to avoid falls is extremely important.
Do you need to know more about roofing in prime or not-quite-perfect conditions? Contact Core Exteriors to talk with us today?