What Kind Of Weather Can Roof Shingles Be Installed In? -

What Kind Of Weather Can Roof Shingles Be Installed In?

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It’s raining, it’s pouring, never mind about the old man’s sleep apnea. Now it’s a bit windy, a hurricane’s brewing, and is that
hail? Oh, dear! My roofer is scheduled to install my new shingle roof this week! Can it happen in bad weather? 

Good 

The ideal Florida day for roofers sees warm, dry weather. Shingles by design are pliable and a bit soft. They adhere to each other by softening and sinking into a tacky, gripping adhesive strip on the back of each shingle. 

Warm, dry weather allows that softening and adhering to take place in the weeks after installation. If your roofer can, the crew will get your roof done in one or two toasty, low-humidity days, even if they have to work long hours. 

Though the installers may not like the really warm days, no natural temperature is too hot for shingle roofing

Bad

We all talk about Florida’s weather, but we are merely spectators to Mother Nature’s grandeur. Bad weather days happen. Florida is a wet state, with seasons of near-daily rainfall. Most Floridians agree that hurricane season lasts far too long. Can your new shingle roof be laid down when the weather is not warm and dry? 

Shingles are made from fiberglass for strength and asphalt for flexibility and water resistance. They are designed to shed water, to send it down your roof to your gutters. The shingles are not damaged by water. Shingles get extremely slippery in the rain, but they will not be harmed by precipitation. 

The problem is not in the shingles. The problem is in the other materials:

  • Sheathing (wood sheets beneath the underlayment and shingles)
  • Underlayment (asphalt-soaked paper or synthetic fabric)
  • Water and ice shield (self-adhesive rubber that needs a dry surface)
  • The roofing crew’s rubber-soled boots

Wood sheathing needs to stay dry to be effective. Otherwise, water soaking into the wood can lead to rot or cause mold and mildew in your attic. Underlayment and water and ice shield are water repellent but become dangerously slippery when water falls on them. Worker’s boots normally create a good grip on the sloped surface of your Florida roof; in rain, that grip disappears. 

Roofing is one of the most dangerous occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Residential roofs are almost always categorized as “steep-slope” roofs, meaning they have a pitch or angle well above that of commercial roofs. With each uptick in angle, risks of slips and falls increase. 

Add slippery surfaces and slick work boots to the mix and you have a recipe for major injury or even worse. Most roofers, then, will reschedule your shingle roof installation for a dry day. 

As an understanding, compassionate client, your help with that scheduling will make the new date and new roof a breeze for everyone

Ugly

Things can get downright ugly for shingle roof installation in an emergency. Some roofers may be willing to dispatch an emergency roof repair crew, knowing weather conditions are less than ideal, but they are unlikely to install a roof in foul weather. 

A really great residential roofer will work with you to at least temporarily secure your storm-damaged home, possibly using tarps to protect the damaged areas of your roof. 

After a bad storm (as the weather stays humid but warm), and depending on the size of the roof, its pitch, house height, and your selection of new roofing materials, your roofer may attempt the installation to stay on schedule. 

No reputable, trustworthy roofer will install a shingle roof in conditions that could void the manufacturer’s warranty or waste your major investment in a new roof

Some unscrupulous roofers might try to get the job done no matter the weather. They are interested in the fast payment, not in your satisfaction. That is why you must avoid storm chasers. 

Brr!

Florida tends to avoid drastically cold temperatures, ice storms, or even snow. On the exceedingly rare instance that your shingle roof installation is scheduled for a truly cold, wintry day, expect a call the day before your shingle roof installation. That would be your roofer, ready to reschedule. Shingles perform poorly in cold weather. They can be so brittle they will snap and crack instead of staying pliable. The adhesive on their backs needs warmth to soften and stick to the other shingles. 

Any moisture from hail, sleet, ice, or snow is also unhelpful for the roofer. If you waited a few years before deciding on full roof replacement, you can wait a few more days. Your new roof will perform optimally if it is installed in warm dry weather. Avoid the rare, unusually cold or wet Florida winter’s day.

Mark Kaufman Roofing in North Port, Florida is your trusted source for all aspects of residential roofing. Contact us today so we can help with all of your roofing needs!

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