Can Roofers Work in the Snow During Winter?

Roofing contractors work all-year-round regardless of season. You’ll find them making repairs during spring, replacing roofs during summer, and making sure roofs are in great shape during fall so they can withstand the harsh weather during the winter season. 

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This brings us to the question, “Can roofers work in the snow during winter?” Garlock-French Corporation explains the answers in this post.

Can They Work in Snow?

The simple answer to this question is “yes.” Whether the job is meant to replace or repair roofing, professional roofers will work on it because they need to. That said, there are some considerations that need to be made:

  • Worker Efficiency

Roofers need to stay safe while working on the roof. One of the major considerations here is the presence of snow and moisture on the roof. The former means roofers will need to work more to remove the snow before working on the roof. The latter means roofers will need to take extra care not to slip.

What’s more, the cold temperatures will mean that roofers will have to wear protective clothing such as winter jackets, pants, boots and more, all of which could add up to 15 pounds to the weight they have to carry.

  • Tool Efficiency

Roofers might be willing to work on the roof in the winter, but their tools might not. Some tools, like compressors and nail guns, might be rendered ineffective or even unuseable by the freezing temperatures. Roofers will need to give extra effort to make sure their work is of good quality.

  • Roofing material

While some roofing materials can be installed any time of the year, some roofing materials can’t. Rubber roofs shouldn’t be installed in cold temperatures because the adhesives used to seal it won’t work when it’s cold.

Asphalt shingles can be installed in cold weather, but it isn’t advisable to do so. These shingles can become brittle and crack in freezing temperatures. What’s more, shingles, which require heat to seal properly, might be blown off or leak unless the temperature rises.

The best roofing material to work with during winter is metal roofing. Residents will benefit from metal roofs because they can be installed regardless of weather, and are durable enough to withstand various weather conditions.

If you’re looking for reliable roofers that can work in snow, look no further than Garlock-French Corporation. We’ve served homes since 1932, and our decades of experience in working in various weather conditions assures you of good quality work. Contact us at (612) 722-7129 or fill out our contact form for a free quote.