Can You Replace a Roof in the Winter?

Winter is a notoriously testing time for roofs. The extreme weather conditions and low temperatures can cause all sorts of problems that may leave homeowners in need of either roof replacement or significant repairs. 

However, as many prefer not to carry out external work on their home during the winter, people often wonder whether you can replace a roof in the winter or if you need to wait for warmer, dryer weather.

The short answer is yes, you can replace a roof in the winter, and doing so has some benefits, but it also comes with certain risks. Here are some factors you should consider if you are planning to replace your roof this winter:

It can be a bad idea to wait 

If you are already experiencing problems with your roof, the sooner you can get them fixed, the better. Any considerable damage, such as areas of cracked or missing tiles, warped flashing or leaks, needs to be fixed before they are exposed to extreme weather. Even minor roof problems can quickly lead to bigger issues when subjected to consistently bad weather.

Shorter wait time for professional services

It is worth noting that the wait time for professional roofers to carry out the work is likely to be much shorter in the autumn and winter months because most people wait until the spring or summer to book their roof repairs.

More durable roofing materials may be necessary

Whilst most reroofing jobs can be done in the winter, the installation of some materials may not be ideal in cold and wet weather. The material you choose for your new roof will also be ‘thrown in at the deep end’ and needs to be durable and weather-resistant from the off. Some of the more durable roofing materials with good weather-proofing properties are slate, metal, cedar shingles and asphalt shingles.

Temperature is still important

Whilst you can have your roof replaced in the winter, most installations will not be possible in conditions of extreme cold and heavy rainfall or snow. The conditions still need to be warm enough so that the materials don’t become brittle and in danger of fracturing during the installation process and that the adhesive can still set properly.

Health and safety implications

There are also health and safety implications to consider in the more extreme weather, particularly the risks involved in working high up on the property with the potential for slips and falls. Without the proper work gear and roof safety systems, it is not advised to undertake any major roofing work at any time of the year, not just in winter.

Call in the professionals

If your roof needs to be replaced in the winter, it’s best to contact a professional to avoid any potential dangers in the cold and icy weather, as they will have all the necessary tools and experience to carry out the job safely. Professional roofers will also be able to advise you on your choice of roofing material and what conditions would be best to install it in.

It is possible to replace a roof in the winter, but your choice of materials and the precise weather conditions during the installation will determine when the job can be carried out. In any case, it is always best to seek the help of qualified roofers who can provide a professional service all year round. If you need help with your roof replacement, please get in touch and see how we can help.

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