Temperate Colorado Springs winters mean homeowners can knock out projects in winter that you can’t in colder states – but what about roofing? Can I replace my Colorado Springs roof in winter? Let’s learn about the most common roofing materials in Colorado Springs and if you can safely install them in winter. You’ll be surprised how much you can get done on your roof without waiting for spring.
Can You Install Asphalt Shingles in Winter?
You can install asphalt shingles in winter if you meet the manufacturer’s required minimum temperatures. For most materials, minimum temperature required is 40 degrees ambient.
Most roofs have a higher ambient temperature than the surrounding area so while it might be 37 on the ground, the roof could be at 43 degrees and viable for install. Temperatures above 40 ambient allow the adhesive and bonding agents to cure and seal your shingles down.
Can You Install Concrete Tiles in Winter?
Concrete tiles are a great material for winter installation since they only require mechanical means of attachment. There are no glues or asphalt involved, just bolts and battens. The only real temperature limit is what your tile roofing crew is willing to tolerate.
Can You Install Metal Roofing in Winter?
Both metal panels and stone-coated metal tile are perfectly happy being installed in the dead of winter. Like concrete tiles, most metal roofing uses mechanical forms of attachment like bolts that aren’t affected by temperature. If the crew is happy to replace your metal roof it doesn’t really matter how cold it gets.
Can You Install Flat Roofing in Winter?
Installation of flat roofs is not recommended unless daytime temperatures reach 50 degrees or above. Most flat roofing involves a combination of adhesive and mechanical attachment, but the adhesive portion needs nice warm temperatures to work its best. Installing flat roofing in cold conditions can lead to unsightly wrinkles and bubbles.
Replacing Your Roof in Winter in Colorado Springs
Winter in Colorado Springs brings a lot of nasty weather but most days in the ‘cold’ months are surprisingly pleasant for roofing. Tiles and metal require virtually no minimum temperature, but you want balmier conditions for asphalt shingles and flat roofing.
Watch the weather, pick a great local company for installations, and get your roof replaced even if you think the calendar says you shouldn’t. Come spring you can relax while your neighbors wait in line for roof replacement.