Many people in Washington, Oklahoma are getting ready for the cold winter that is sure to arrive in the next month or two. If you live in Washington, Oklahoma with extreme winters you might be wondering why anyone would consider roof replacement in the fall or winter time. It’s really not as uncommon as you might think. Many roofing contractors offer their services year round even in cold and snowy regions like Oklahoma. Roofing homes in Washington, Oklahoma during the fall and winter months is no different for a roofing contractor than doing it any other time of the year, with a few exceptions. Some roofing contractors and their crews even prefer this time of year to installing a new roof. First let’s go over what makes roofing more difficult this time of year along with some of the misconceptions about installing a new roof in the fall and winter months.
First Misconception: It’s too cold outside for a roof replacement.
This really isn’t a good argument unless there is snow or ice on the roof. It may be turning cold soon, but the crews that do the installation of roofs would almost prefer this weather. Many people don’t realize that extreme heat is really a worse time to install a roof then with cold weather. The reason is that asphalt shingles can get so hot that it causes damage to the shingle when they are walked on during hot weather. This is not the case during the fall and winter months. So if you are worried about the crews that do the roof installation or the quality of the job, then you really shouldn’t consider fall and winter to be a deterrent to installing your new roof. In the summer time you can normally add 20 degrees to the outside temperature on the surface of the roof, and this can be too hot to properly install a new roof without causing damage to the shingles.
After explaining the primary reason why many people think roofing shouldn’t be done in the fall and winter months and why it’s really not a good reason, let me give you the four best reasons you should consider having your roof replaced during the fall or winter months.
1.) Ice dams causing leaks.
The winter time in Washington, Oklahoma tests your home and roof in ways unlike any other time of year. The most common cause of roof leaks during the winter is the dreaded ice dam. An ice dam is formed over the eaves of a house from built up snow melting and running down the roof only to refreeze at the very edge of the roof line. In Oklahoma, as well as other cold climate areas, roofing contractors use a product called “ice & water barrier” together with proper drip-edge flashing techniques to prevent ice dams from damaging your home and causing leaks. This technique, when done properly, provides added protection for at least three feet up from all edges of the roof. Many older roofs do not have “ice & water barrier” installed, but Camelot Roofing and Construction uses this as standard procedure. If your roof is leaking because of ice dams this could be a great time to have the roof redone properly and insure that ice dams will not be damaging your home any longer.
2.) Winter conditions, in general, make a bad roof worse.
If you had a bad roof before winter hit it is only going to be in worse shape once spring arrives. With the severe hail storms that we’ve had in Oklahoma in the last few years, many roofs have damage that may not be seen until the winter months roll around. There are many factors that adversely affect your roof in the cold weather. I already discussed ice dams but there’s more. During the winter as the temperature fluctuates it makes your shingles expand and contract causing curling and cracking in older shingles. Now let’s say some of your old roof shingles curl a bit, then you get a nice wet, heavy snow and the weight of the snow causes some of those curled shingles to crack. This can cause a potential new roof leak. When that wet, heavy snow then freezes it can possibly cause even more damage to your old roof shingles. The thawing and refreezing that occurs throughout the winter time is not good for your old shingles. Old roofs can start to have leaks during the cold winter months.
3.) Faster service on your new roof installation.
It’s a simple fact that Oklahoma roofing contractors are not as busy during the fall and winter months. What this means for a homeowner needing a new roof is that the roof contractor you choose might be able to install your new roofing in a matter of days from the time that you sign the contract as opposed to waiting weeks, or even months if you hold off until the spring or summer time. For many homeowners this reason alone should be enough to have your roof done in the winter time.
4.) Save money by taking advantage of a slow time of year for roofers.
Who doesn’t want to save as much money as possible, especially when it comes to an expensive home improvement project such as re-roofing. For the same reasons that you may be able to receive faster installation service on a new roof from a roofing contractor during the winter, you will also receive a better price than you would during the warmer months. Most professional roof installers will provide you with the same labor warranty for a roof installed in winter time as a roof installed any other time of year. The material warranty is provided by the shingle manufacturer and will be the same regardless of what season the roof was installed. At Camelot Roofing and Construction, we want to keep our crews busy and will give you a better price just to avoid having to lay off employees during the winter slowdown.
If you are ready to have a professional roofing contractor evaluate your home, then call Camelot Roofing and Construction at (405)329-7663. Our insurance specialists can meet with your insurance adjuster to make sure that you are represented properly and that any and all damage is taken into consideration.