Roofing work in the winter is difficult because of the lower temperatures and the risks this can create. There are a number of problems that could occur if you have roofing work done in the winter, so the best thing to do is wait until the warmer weather to have any non-urgent work done. We’ll explain the difficulties you can run into in the winter weather with roofing and how you can prevent them if you do have to have roofing work done.
Condensation occurs when warm air hits something cold. With your roof, this could happen if the warm air in your home hits a cold roof deck. This can easily be resolved by installing a vapour retarder at the ceiling, so it stops warm air from rising into the roof space. You should also make sure that there is enough ventilation in your home, as condensation can turn into damp or mould.
Ice can be a major problem to roofing work in the winter. Tiles need to be flush to the rafters in the roof to make sure they are water tight. So if you’re having your roof replaced and water freezes in between the tiles and rafters, you could end up with water seeping through and getting a leak. Roofers can use heat guns or salt to help prevent this problem, but unless you need emergency repairs to your roof it’s probably best to wait until spring.
What about roofing work in cold dry weather?
Whilst your roof might not be affected by ice if there is a dry spell in the winter, there are still a few things that can go wrong if you get a replacement roof during colder months. Different kinds of roofs use different materials, and they can have different temperature requirements. This means that even if the weather is dry, you could still run into problems like roofing felt cracking, adhesives freezing or underlay becoming brittle.
So is roofing work in the winter worth it? Probably not. But if you have to carry out work in the cold weather, make sure you take precautions.