When choosing to replace or install your roof, you will want to make sure that you pick the right conditions so that your roof is successfully installed to protect your home. The roof is the part of the home that is exposed to the most abrasive weather and therefore it is key to know what weather conditions could damage your home in order for you to protect it.
What Weather Conditions Affect Roofing?
When applying a roof, there are certain weather conditions to avoid and certain weather conditions that are perfect for the task at hand. Even when maintaining your roof, there are weather conditions that could cause issues.
Here is a list of different types of weather that could affect a professional roofing company’s ability to fit your roof and cause future damage to your roof:
- Extreme Sun
- Ice or Snow
- Gails or Strong Winds
Let’s look at these in greater detail.
Rain is one of the most common weather conditions that cause issues when roofing. Rain can lead to leaks and damage to your roof, especially if the moisture from the rain has access to the inside of the building. Rain can also cause structural damage if there are leaks in the roof. If you have experienced heavy rain, it is important to inspect your roof and see if there are any leaks. This way you can fix the leak quickly before it affects the structure of the building.
2. Extreme Sun
Once your roof is fitted, the sun can be one of the most consistent weather conditions that your roof is exposed to, especially if you live in a hot climate. Depending on what material your roof is made from, the sun can cause the roof to wear over time. For example, if your roof is made from shingles, exposure to the sun can cause the wood to become brittle and could cause cracks. These cracks can then lead to leaks in bad weather. With the extreme sun comes extreme heat which can be a cause of the cracks as the wood will expand and contract in the heat.
Hail is one of the most extreme weather conditions that is often paired with heavy storms. When hail lands on your roof it can be impactful and hit with a force that could cause damage to your roof. The force of the hail hitting your roof could cause damage to the granules of your roof.
4. Ice or Snow
Depending on what area of the country you live in, snow and ice tend to be rarer weather conditions that are seasonal and are not expected daily all year round. Even though these weather conditions occur less often than the sun, they can still cause heavy damage to your roof due to the exposure of moisture that will sit on your roof for long periods of time.
5. Strong Winds
Winds can cause damage to your roof as they can move the shingles or loosen them. When the shingles on your roof are loosened this could cause openings and possible exposure leading to cracks. If you live in an area prone to strong winds, it is very important to make sure that the right amount of sealant is used when the shingles are fitted on your roof.
What Is The Perfect Temperature For Roofing?
The best weather condition to work on a roof is light sun and a warm day. A temperature between 21 degrees Celsius and 27 degrees celsius is perfect for the job. Unfortunately, this is not the case every day and the conditions will depend on where you are in the country. If you have enlisted the help of a professional roofing company, they will know when is best to fit your roof and will have the expertise to fit your roof in not-so-ideal conditions too.
At What Temperature Should You Avoid Installing A Roof?
When the temperature drops below 0 degrees Celsius, is it not wise to start fitting your roof? Many people are surprised to know that fitting a roof during very hot weather is also just as difficult. When the temperature is above 30 degrees Celsius, the heat can cause issues with the adhesive used when fitting the roof. The heat can cause the adhesive to dry too quickly, meaning that the job can become more time-consuming and challenging.
It can be more challenging to fit or replace your roof during the winter colder months, but it can be done! The downfall to scheduling your new roof in winter will be selecting dates that avoid rain and general moisture. The professional roofing company will send an expert who will be able to work out when it will be warm enough to be able to easily replace or fit your new roof. The weather will need to be a certain temperature, especially if you are having shingles fitted to your roof due to the shingles needing to be sealed properly. The sealant used for shingles often needs to be thermally activated.
Tips For Installing A Roof During Cold Weather
Here are some simple tips to follow when installing a roof during cold weather:
- Clear loose leaves or tree debris that could hold moisture.
- Make sure to apply guardrails on the roof for safety reasons.
- Use hot boxes to heat sealants and other materials.
Always Pick Warm And Dry Weather To Have Your Roof Installed
No matter what season we are in, you can have your roof either replaced or installed. The key to having your roof installed successfully is to make sure that you choose dry and warm enough conditions, as this will allow your roof to be fitted quicker with fewer challenges. At RGB Construction, our dependable team has the knowledge and experience you need to get your roof in tip-top shape. We clean gutters, repair damage, and much more. Plus, if we spot any additional trouble areas, we will let you know and provide solutions. Call us today to schedule your free consultation or an appointment at 856-264-9093.