roofing in cold climates

Roofing in Cold Climates

Jim Morris
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The roof is an important part of the house and it is built with different materials. The climate of your place defines the type of roof your house will have. Roof replacement and roof repair are costly affairs but fortunately, many types of roof materials will last a lifetime. But still, in the places where there is a very cold climate for most months of the year, you need to pay more attention to the roof material that you are going to place on top of your house.

Whatever be the type of roofing you select for your home there will be times when you will be forced to go for roof repair if there is minor damage to the roof due to snow and precipitation. If the damage is widespread and most parts of the roof are damaged then you have to go for roof replacement and get ready for the next winter. But know how to do preventive maintenance of your roof even before winter and get ready for it.

Roof Replacement in winter

When your roof is damaged beyond repair you have to go for roof replacement. It is challenging to do the roof replacement in winter, but it must be done with some extra precautions. When your roof is damaged extensively you have to check if the insulation and the supporting structures are intact through early inspection by a professional roofing expert.

Roof replacement may be particularly risky as the lower temperatures lead to problems in the storage and installation of Shingles. Asphalt shingles need temperatures above 26 Degrees Fahrenheit for proper installation and this also poses problems in the storage of the shingles. Roof replacement during winter is problematic as it needs heavy sealing and bonding agents and the workers may face problems in attaching the shingles to the roof structure due to lower temperatures during the winter months.

Regardless, of your options and decision, it is key that the work is done during a relative stable time in temperatures. Often chinook winds in Calgary for example can alter the temperature in the winter and bring into a sudden thaw which can alter the structure. Therefore it si recommended to do this type of work in late spring, summer or early fall, in other words from April to October for anything in the Northern USA or Canada.

Jim Morris

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Jim Morris

Jim Morris loves to travel and visit a lot of architecture sites worldwide. He shares lots of information and is always looking forward to the next article on interior design, architecture and landscaping.