Roofing work is more difficult in the colder months, but not impossible – as a matter of fact, finding a good roofer might even be easier during winter. However, low temperatures and high levels of moisture can make roofing work performed in winter quite challenging, so here are some important questions to ask the roofer that you want to hire:
- Material handling – some materials, such as metal or cement, are not sensitive to temperature, therefore they can be handled equally well in any season. However, others, such as asphalt shingles, become brittle under a certain temperature and the adhesives used for various roofing processes also work only in a specific temperature range, so make sure to find out everything about the temperature-related restrictions of using your roofing materials;
- Special safety measures – using proper safety gear is very important, regardless the season, but it is even more important among slippery conditions;
- Available discounts – the colder months are off-peak periods for most roofers, therefore the contractor that you are planning to hire might be willing to work for lower labor rates and discounted prices are easier to find for roofing materials as well. Ask your roofer about the availability of such reductions.