Most of the time, working on siding or roofing during the winter is not recommended. The cold temperatures, snow, wind and rain can affect the process of roofing repair and siding installation in Calgary. However, there are times where it not only cannot be avoided, but is also necessary. For example, when your roof or siding is damaged during a heavy storm, you can’t afford to wait until spring temperatures come around. Inclement weather can damage your home’s structure, and will cost you more money on your energy bills.
There are three major factors that affect winter repairs and installations: the weather, the materials and the people who will be doing the job. Here’s what to consider.
Temperature has a significant effect on roofing and siding materials. When it’s cold outside, the materials lose their flexibility. This can make them brittle and easier to damage. It also affects the installation process itself. For example, asphalt shingles have special glue at the “top” edge of each shingle, which is activated by a specific temperature. Since the sun usually can’t activate the glue, each shingle will have to be hand sealed.
Similarly, your roofing and siding contractors will need to adjust their installation methods—cold temperatures make it harder to cut shingles and siding properly, since they’re more brittle. Experienced contractors will know how to adjust their technique to get the desired results, even when it’s below freezing.
Tools and materials
The tools used to install roofing and siding are also prone to weather-related damage. For example, pneumatic drills can freeze up in the cold, so they’ll need to be drained and relubricated at the end of each day.
Tools that use compressed air are also prone to winter damage. Any moisture in the compressed air will freeze, which can block the lines and reduce the amount of air delivered. Nail guns are particularly prone to cold weather problems. If the air lines are blocked, nails won’t be driven as deep as they need to be. This can lead to damage later on down the road.
Finally, the labor itself can be a problem. After all, your Calgary roofing repair and siding installation contractors are humans, too, and working in subzero temperatures can be very difficult on the body. The last thing you want is for someone to cut corners so they can go inside faster. That means that any time you hire someone to work on your roof and siding during the winter, you should understand that the job will take longer than if it were performed in the spring.
However, there are a few benefits, too—your contractors are much less likely to be booked, and you might even receive a discount during the slow season. Plus, repairing or replacing your roof and siding is crucial to preventing heat transfer.
If you need winter roofing repairs or siding installation in Calgary, reach out to the team at Rhino Exteriors today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to working with you!