In areas that experience harsh winter weather, getting the roofing replaced is critical to ensure safety and comfort. Massachusetts is one such region and if you live in this area, you should consider your roofing options and schedule carefully. Fortunately, roofing contractors work all year round, even in cold regions such as Massachusetts. They can perform their job regardless of the time of the year – of course with some special exceptions, such as extreme weather conditions. Cold weather conditions can be challenging, though. However, weather conditions should not deter you from having your roofing installed. Let’s take a look at some of these challenges.
Too Cold To Replace The Roof
The bottom line? The condition of your roofing will not improve on its own because of the weather. The installation crew will know exactly what to do, so you do not need to worry about them. They are trained and experienced in installing a new roof in different kinds of weather. I even know of some installation crew members who have installed black roofing during very hot weather. In summer when ambient temperatures are at 90 degrees, on the roof putting down black-colored roofing, the temperature can go up to 110 degrees. Too much snow will make it difficult to replace the roof.
No excuses. The installation crew can fix any issues using the good ol’ shovel. Snow can easily be removed from the roof in 30 minutes or an hour, depending on its thickness and the size of the area. Even better, you will not be charged extra for this service. The crew is there to ensure that your roofing is installed. If you are worried about safety, don’t be. The installation crew is trained in the proper procedure that will minimize accidents and injuries. As professionals, they understand that safety comes first, not just for themselves but also their clients.
As you can see, perfect weather is not a requirement for the installation crew to work on roofing. If you have been procrastinating, stop. Here are four reasons why you should have your roofing replaced now.
Ice Dams Are Causing Leaks.
Massachusetts in winter will test the integrity of your home, especially your roof. A common cause of leaks in wintertime is an ice dam. This frozen issue forms in very low temperatures over the eaves when snow builds up and melts, and refreezes at the roofline edge. In Massachusetts, roofing contractors utilize an ice and water barrier in combination with drip-edge flashing techniques so that ice dams are prevented and controlled. This will help eliminate the risk of damage to your roof and prevent leaks. As long as this technique is done properly, it will offer extra protection for the area three feet up from the edge of the roof.
If you have an older home, you likely do not have ice and water barrier protection. Leaking caused by ice dams is a good reason to have your roofing replaced immediately so you will not have to deal with the problem in the future. If you let this problem be, expect leaking and other issues such as dampness, damage, and mold growth.
Winter Conditions Will Worsen A Damaged Roof.
If you already have a damaged roof before winter, you can bet your last dollar that it will be in even worse shape during and after the cold months. The weather, elements, and a host of other factors can adversely affect the condition of your roof. Temperatures tend to fluctuate during winter, causing the shingles to expand and contract. This leads to cracking and curling, especially if you have older shingles.
When shingles are curled, they will collect snow. If there is enough snow on top of the shingles, it could begin to crack because of the weight of the snow. Cracked shingles allow water in, so you can expect leaks to occur. Another problem is caused by melting snow that refreezes in between the cracks of old roof shingles. The cycle of thawing and refreezing will do more damage to already problematic roofing. This could also worsen over time, which means you might have to spend more on repairs later. Avoid this by getting your roofing repaired in the soonest time possible.
Quick installation service.
Winter is not a busy time of the year for many Massachusetts roofing contractors. This gives you access to a good schedule, which means you likely could have roofing installation work set within just a few days from the time the agreement is signed. You do not have to wait as long as you would have if you waited until the busy months to get your roofing repaired. Keep in mind that spring tends to have a higher number of clients looking to get their roofing fixed from the damages of winter. In many cases, you will find that roofing contractors are swamped. Do not wait for a milder season to get new roofing installed to avoid being put on a waitlist.
Get better rates.
Winter, being a slower month in terms of business compared to other seasons, is a great time to get your roofing repaired if you want to save money. Other than enjoying faster service, you likely will get a better installation offer in terms of cost than what you would receive during warmer months. You will still have the same labor warranty as to coverage.
With fewer clients to service, your roofing contractor will be more than happy to provide you with service at a lower cost. When roofing contractors do not have as many clients to request for a job, their installation crews and technicians have little to nothing to do. The last thing that roofing installers want is to lay off workers because there are only a few jobs available. When they have winter installations, roofing contractors not only earn for each job they perform, they also provide their crew with a reliable income. It’s a win-win situation for all parties involved.
Are you having issues with your roofing? If your house is sheltered by older roofing, it is likely you are having problems with it right now. If not, you will likely have issues with your roofing once the winter months are here. Why wait until the problems occur? However, if you do decide to get your roofing fixed or installed in the wintertime, rest assured that your Massachusetts roofing contractor is available to give you the best possible options for your needs that meet your budget and safety requirements.