If you're in need of a new roof, you may be under the impression that you need to wait out the winter until it is nice enough to have it replaced in the spring. You're not alone in this misconception. A lot of homeowners do not realize that roofers can replace a roof during the winter (on days when it's not snowing heavily). In fact, there are a few benefits to having your roof replaced during the winter months.
You'll have an easier time scheduling your roofing.
If you wait until spring, you'll be competing with a lot of other homeowners to try to schedule your roof replacement. You may end up having to go with a roofing company that is not your favorite just because their availability happens to match your own. In the winter, however, most roofers are less busy since fewer homeowners have their roofs replaced at this time. This means you'll have your choice of dates – though you may have to work around the weather if there is a big storm.
(Roofers can use special, temporary membrane and traction devices to protect themselves and your roof when roofing in light snow or moist conditions, but not very heavy snowfall.)
Your roofer will notice snow and ice-related issues and be able to take care of them.
Sometimes, even experienced roofers can have a hard time determining how a roof is going to perform in the winter months until they see it in action. If you have your roof installed in the summer, it may be winter before you realize the gutters are not banked properly or a lack of insulation is causing the snow to melt in certain areas. On the other hand, when you have your roof installed in the winter, your roofers wills see problems like this in action and work to prevent them.
You won't have additional damage to deal with in the spring.
If your roof is on its last legs, trying to get through one more winter with it may result in water damage to your attic, ceilings, and possessions. If you just take care of the issue now, you'll save money and hassle, since you'll have a brand new roof to protect your home through the coming winter.
Roofers are far more capable of replacing and repairing roofs in the winter months than you'd likely imagine. Talk to a roofing company, such as Russ Lundin Roofing, today to learn more about winter roof replacements and find out if this is an option or your home.