Roofing in the Rain

I can hear old Blue Eyes now:
I’m roofin’ in the rain
Just roofin’ in the rain,
What a glorious feeling,
And I’m happy again.
I’m laughing at clouds
So dark, up above,
The sun’s in my heart

You don’t think those are the right words…?
Replacing your roof when it might rain is actually a good idea!

People are often surprised when I tell them that we install roofs throughout the year in the Seattle Area. Isn’t it cold? Isn’t it raining? Isn’t there snow? And ice?

1. Roofers work in the colder weather

Sharp Roofing’s first priority on every job is their safety and the safety of their fellow crew, homeowners, and pets. And they’re especially cautious when working in winter conditions.
I think every roofer would tell you he’d rather be up on a roof in February in thirty-degree
weather than sweltering in 85-90 degree heat in July (I estimate it’s about twenty degrees hotter on a roof than it is on the ground, so that 90 feels like 110!). Worker hydration is easier in winter.

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2. Shingle granules are less prone to damage.

The granules protect the asphalt from UV degradation

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Shingles are made of asphalt and have small ceramic granules embedded into the asphalt to make them waterproof. Walking around on a newly installed roof invariably shakes some of these granules loose. When it’s very hot outside, the granules tend to flake off easier because the asphalt holding them on to the shingle expands, so installing a roof in the cooler weather actually reduces the immediate wear on your new roof.

3. Less chance of damage to landscaping

The guys installing a new roof are going to war. Physically, they’re battling fatigue and dehydration. Mentally, they’re constantly reconciling the need for their safety with the need to get work done. Just being on a roof is work, and then you have to work on top of it.

Sharp Roofing takes great pride in tearing off a roof in a way that does not cause damage to your home and landscaping.

Winter roofing helps in a couple of ways – bushes, shrubs, and trees are in a dormant state with reduced foliage. Flowers aren’t in bloom. Grass isn’t lustrous. Small pieces of shingles are easier to spot in the yard. A lot of little things add up here.

4. Problem areas more visible

A roof needs to be ventilated to keep air moving from the soffits (intake venting is near your gutters) to the peak of the roof (exhaust venting is at the ridge). It’s important to move moisture out of the attic to prevent mold and fungus from developing.

Melting snow on a roof is a big indicator of improper ventilation. The snow on your roof should not melt, because the warm, moisture-laden air from the house is being vented away from the roof and out the vents at the top of the peak.

If you see snow melting on the roof, the ventilation in that area needs to be addressed, and this is much easier to see when the weather is cool.

Winter is also a great time to see how water moves on the roof, whether it pools anywhere, and to spot potential ice dam areas.

5. Easier scheduling

Because of the myths associated with winter roofing, fewer people roof in the winter. This makes it much easier for most roofers to schedule your job across dates that work for you, rather than when their schedule permits. This is important if you want to be home during the process, or, for example, you want to schedule the job to be completed when your children are going to be in school and away from the home.

6. Costs

As the weather warms up and roofers get busier the price goes up depending on their backlog.  Manufacturers take advantage and increase prices; their first is April 2nd and will be anywhere from 10% to 15%.  The labor market gets tighter as well; there are always increases for the roofers in the Spring and summer.

Beat the rush; hurry to get your “Roofing Done Right™!