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Should You Replace Your Roof in the Winter?

Quick answer: Yes you can replace your roof in the winter.

Winter roof replacement will most likely take longer and cost more due to the challenges of the weather. Roofers might have to hand nail your shingles down to try and prevent the shingles from breaking. They might also have to use roofing cement to seal the shingles down (since they won’t seal properly in the cold). So in summary, you can replace your roof, just be aware that it is a more expensive option.

Usually, winter roof replacement is an emergency

Illinois is no stranger to frigid temperatures and large amounts of snow. These winter elements can damage your roof throughout the winter. Ice dams, icicles, heavy snow, and condensation can ruin your roofing system. If you must replace your roof in the winter, talk to your roofing professionals about the roofing warranty and whether that will stay intact.

If you don’t have a roofing emergency, it’s best to avoid replacing your roof in the winter.

This is because cold temperatures:

Prevent proper sealing

Most shingle manufacturers recommend installing shingles around 40 degrees Fahrenheit. This is because new shingles need multiple days of 40 degrees or warmer weather for proper thermal sealing. If they don’t seal correctly upon installation, the shingles will never properly seal even with appropriate temperatures.

Cause shingles to break or crack

Fiberglass shingles can crack when being nailed down.

Make cutting shingles difficult

Some shingles need to be cut around your chimney, vents, and other roof accessories. As you can imagine, it can be hard to cut these shingles in cold temperatures.

Long story short. Although you can replace your roof in the winter, it’s best to wait until the spring when temperatures are above 40 degrees on average. Spring is a great time to replace your roof, while the end of summer and fall are typically the busiest time of the year for roofing companies.

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