Winter Roof Repair & Replacement

Obviously, if you have experienced a major disaster, you’ll know that repair is unavoidable, but in most other circumstances, you may not have considered the possibility, or you may be unsure of the practicality of having the work done during the winter season.

When it comes to repairing or replacing your roof during the winter season, there are often conflicting opinions. Some common concerns include shingles being unable to properly seal, or becoming brittle and risking breakage during the colder temperatures. Glues and adhesives can freeze, and some roof types definitely can not be installed below certain temperatures. However, depending on the temperatures where you live, the roofing type you have chosen, and other factors, winter roof replacement may be not only possible, but perhaps the best time for the work to be done.

Here are some pros and cons of winter roofing:


Correcting a problem sooner, rather than later, will help you to avoid further damage and even more costly repairs. Curling or cracked, or missing shingles, can allow moisture to enter your home, and allow for a build up of ice, called an ice dam, that has the potential to create substantial damage to your roof.

A damaged or otherwise inefficient roof means heat can escape and you’ll be spending more on energy costs throughout the winter. A replacement now will keep your home warmer and your energy costs lower throughout the winter season.

During the off season, there is a potential for substantial savings. Product manufacturers and roofing contractors alike are far less busy, which leads to increased sales and discounts. Additionally, scheduling becomes easier, and with less reason to rush, the quality of the workmanship may even be better than when the contractor has a full calendar.

In many areas of the United States, spring brings heavy and frequent rain. Ensuring your roof is in optimal shape now means you’ll be best prepared for those rains as the warmer weather sets in.


Some types of roof are not appropriate to install during extreme temperatures, and this may limit your options, or require waiting for warmer temperatures if a cold snap sets in.

Winter roofing jobs typically take longer to complete, especially in snowy or icy conditions. You’ll need to consider whether you are willing to tackle this type of project during a busy time of year – holidays plans, travel, and your schedule may make this time of year less practical for you to remain at home.

While a reputable roofing contractor is well versed in the safety hazards of the job and more than adequately prepared for them, safety is still a concern. The work may need to be postponed if unexpected extreme weather sets in and creates a risk due to snow and ice.

If you have an emergency situation, or plan to schedule your work during the winter season, be sure to choose your roofing contractor carefully – look for someone with plenty of experience and a good reputation. When asking for references, check to see if they can offer any in which a winter repair or replacement specifically applies.


De-Icing Your Roof And Gutters

With winter in full swing and the holiday season upon us, the last thing most of us are considering is the status of our roof.

Unfortunately, despite the fact that so many other things seem to take center stage at this time of year, it’s essential to provide necessary care and maintenance of your roof at such a critical time. For many of us, especially those who live in areas of the United States where winter weather conditions are severe, this is the time of year when a build up of snow or an ice dam can cause serious and significant damage.

A typical roof is designed to hold up to 20 pounds per square foot, and a single cubic foot of snow can weigh as much as 15 pounds. This means that your roof may be strained beyond it’s limitations during a heavy snowfall or following a period of accumulating snow and ice. While these measurements vary depending on your roof’s specific pitch, materials, and structural integrity among other factors, it is always a good idea to remove excess snow and ice from your roof and gutter system.

There are a number of common ways to achieve this task, and each has it’s own benefits and drawbacks. The first consideration, however, is whether you are prepared to tackle the process on your own. As with all roof repairs and maintenance, there is a definite risk in performing the work yourself – and with icy and slippery conditions, this risk is even more exaggerated. If you are inexperienced, or otherwise uncomfortable with doing the job on your own, consider hiring a professional – they are trained to perform the task efficiently, correctly, and most importantly safely.

If you do decide to go the DIY route, then you’ll need to decide which method is most appropriate for your situation. Here are some common options explained:

Heat Cables

Heat cables are intended as a preventative measure. They are most effective in situations where the roof is poorly insulated, such as over a porch or garage, or even in the gutters. These cables use electricity to produce warmth, melting the snow and ice before it is able to build up. They will not heat large areas effectively, nor are they able to melt an already existing ice dam.

Snow Rake

A snow rake, also called a roof rake, is essentially a shovel with a long handle, used to manually remove snow and light ice build up from your roof. While it is perhaps the least expensive solution, it will require you to be vigilant in getting outside and removing the snow following each and every storm – and some times this can be a rather labor intensive task.

Chemical Solutions

If you decide to use a chemical de-icer, first be sure the product is intended for use on your roof. Calcium Chloride Tablets (often called roof-melt tablets) use a chemical reaction to safely melt snow and ice. Look for a product that indicates it will prevent build up. While these are safe to use on walkways as well, some common salt products for ground use will damage your roof. Some chemical solutions are also toxic, so consider if this is a solution that is appropriate for you, and be careful when choosing your product.

Major Changes

Lastly, there is the option to consider making more permanent changes to your roof to reduce the potential for damaging ice and snow buildup. These options include roof sealants to prevent water leaking inside, increasing the steepness of the incline when replacing your roof, or metal shingles to provide less traction for snow and ice to remain on the roof. For these options, you’ll need to contact a roofing contractor.


Winter Roofing Problems And Solutions

If you live in an area where freezing temperatures, snow, or ice can occur, you’re probably no stranger to the hassles of winter weather. Winter weather conditions affect every aspect of our lives in some way or another, and unfortunately, there is no exception when it comes to roofing concerns. The following article is a a breakdown of some of the most common problems homeowners face in winter, and what you can do about them.

Problem #1: Heavy Snow

When snow begins to accumulate on your roof, it’s important to take action. Snow and ice can add extra weight to your roof that’s greater than your roof was designed for. If that extra weight remains in place for too long, your roof may become damaged and allow water to seep in. Many people choose to purchase a roof rake – which is exactly what it sounds like. From your position on the ground, you can use the long pole with a flat end to scrape the snow off your roof. The more snow (and the more roof) you have, the more physically demanding the task will be, but it’s ideal for the homeowner who is up for it and wants to save money. Another popular option is to have de-icing cables installed which will melt the snow and ice automatically.

Problem #2: Flashing Leaks

Flashing is the most common location for a roof leak to occur. High winds, ice, and other harsh weather can cause the flashing to pull free or be blown away, leaving your roof structure exposed to the elements and allowing water to enter your home. Be sure to have a thorough inspection done before winter and replace an damaged or missing flashing to avoid a problem once winter arrives.

Problem #3: Ice Dams

When the temperature at the uppermost portion of your roof is above freezing, and the lower portions are below freezing, water will melt and run down the roof, re-freezing at the roof’s edge and gutters, creating what’s known as an ice dam. This water can freeze under the shingles as well, creating the potential for even more damage. As the warmer water pools up behind the ice dam, it can enter your home and cause water damage. To lessen the chances of having an ice dam, be sure your roof is properly ventilated, insulated, and frequently cleared after snow falls.

Problem #4: Icicles

Icicles go hand in hand with ice dams, since they are both caused by the same conditions. Clogged gutters and downspouts or ice dams provide a perfect place for thawing water to re-freeze. The added weight can cause damage to gutters and be a hazard to people and animals. Keep your roof as clear as possible, and ensure there is no debris like leaves or twigs in the gutters. Remove icicles if possible. De-icing cables can also help to prevent this issue.

Remember it is always best to consult a professional if you have an emergency situation or need help determining how to handle an issue.

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