Here at William C. Rott, we love working in the winter and fully believe that any damage done by winter can also be fixed in the winter.
A lot of people think we’re crazy for repairing roofs in the winter. But here’s the thing: Buffalo needs someone to repair roofs in the winter. If your roof gets seriously damaged by the harsh weather, you can’t always afford to wait until the spring…
However, we’ve heard concerns such as: “If you repair a roof in too cold of temperatures, the shingles won’t stick to each other, and they’ll easily blow off.”
We’d like to set the record straight! Is it possible to properly repair a roof in freezing temperatures? The answer is a resounding “YES”!
Manufacturers often advise against colder temperatures for shingle installation in order to line up with the experiences of the typical roofer who installs their product. But the reality is, blow-offs are generally not due to time of install! More often than not, they are due to bad nailing and an over-reliance on sealant strips.
We, on the other hand, do not have these problems because we nail our shingles right. We’ve repaired roofs year after year in Buffalo winters, and we stand behind them. If someone has a blow-off, we can almost always show you the reason is that they nailed it too high. Or they nailed it too deeply.
To prove our point, we include coverage within the first year for wind damaged repairs up to wind warranties of the manufacturer, which are typically 90 and 130 MPH winds depending on the product chosen. Note, this is far beyond 56 MPH, which is considered severe wind force!
After 100+ years of experience, we’ve done plenty of roof repairs despite the Buffalo snow. Here are our 3 main reasons why we actually think it’s better to repair your roof during this time of year…
- Your shingles are more solid when it’s cold out. Any other time of the year, you can damage the shingles by scuffing them up. A winter-time job will last longer than others.
- Landscaping is dormant, so you don’t have to worry about protecting it as much during the winter.
- Lastly, it’s much easier to protect against snow than it is rain