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Replacing Your Roof in the Winter – Is It a Good Idea?

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It can be difficult during the rainy spring and sweltering summer to make time to fix a leaky roof. However, you will need to take care of the problem before cold weather makes its way to your doorstep. The problem with even a small hole is that as water enters it and freezes, the ice expands, making the hole larger as it goes. For Eagle Roofing Contractors, August, September, and October are the busiest months of the year. We receive countless calls, online requests, and even written letters, all requesting us to install a new IB Flat Roof or a metal roof.

The reason that people request this type of roofing material during this time of year is because it is inexpensive, and it is quick to put on. At least ¾ of these requests make strong mention that they would like the roof installed before winter. If you are looking for an Eagle Roofing Contractor, you can choose from: 

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Even though we understand the urgency in having a new roof put on before winter weather becomes a burden, we must point out a common misconception that many homeowners believe. Most homeowners are under the misconception that a roof can only be put on during warm months. While this is true in some cases, mostly because some roof types bring on their own limitations. While it may be more difficult, that does not mean it is impossible. Installing a roof in the winter is the same as putting one on in the summer – it is just a lot colder.

The truth is, winter is one of the best times to have a new roof installed. You can get better material prices and the best choice of roofing contractors. Since work is limited during winter months, there is a very good chance that contractors will compete for your job out of desperation to bring in money.

Even though some roofs can be installed in the winter, others cannot be.

Which Roofs Can Be Installed in the Winter?

There is a system that we can use to install all new roofing during the winter months without giving up the quality and systems that should have been installed during warmer weather. We will divide the systems for roofing into the sloped and flat roof categories.

Flat Roof Installation

During the winter months, PVC and TPO are the only two systems that are safe to use for flat roof installation. There are products for flat roof installation that are thermoplastic single ply. They are installed using Hot Air Welded seams instead of adhesives.

When using adhesives and glues during the winter, it can cause the chemicals that make up the compounds to change in different ways, causing the installation to fail prematurely. Adhesives and glues have warning labels warning not to allow the contents to be stored in temperatures 40 degrees F or less.

When we attach the TPO and PVC we used heavy duty screws, anchors, and other mechanical devices that will hold securely. The seams are also heated shut using equipment for Hot Air welding, heating up to 800-1100 degrees F. These hi temperatures make sure that even in the cold winter months the surrounding area around the seams will not mess with the seams being secured. We do want to mention that TPO and PVC roofs do not look identical or equal. The only thing that is the same is how they are installed and how they look. The roofs that are TPO and PVC are made of a different quality, material composition, and its longevity.

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