Disadvantages of Winter Roofing

Many people feel that doing work in the winter is an easy thing to do, many times they ignore the dangers or disadvantages that these bring and these circumstances always repeat themselves over and over again, during the peak months of winter, a client brings in a task to our company or contractor, we do the complete evaluation and it results in a complete change and installation of the roof. 

At that point, he proceeds to request that it be suitable for durability all winter until spring if possible. So we must take a look at the things that usually affect this practice: The labor, the capacity of the workers, the tools that are used on these, and the Roof Shingles that are used. 

In this article, we explain this topic for you.

The Labor Force

The first thing is to understand that the people who work in these projects are human beings and not machines, maintaining good morale is important for the efficiency of the work as in any job, otherwise, these workers will cut off roads to make the job easier. In particular, these shortcuts at work are given to get home faster, and having to scrape off the ice where you are going to work does not help when you start working either. 

Adding that there cannot be a day without snow to remove will make the job more strenuous for people, having to constantly clear the area and any type of precipitation will make the surface slippery and more difficult to work on, as well as putting workers at risk. 

The temperature is not only an aggravating factor, as it is a purely physical job, the person not only carries his work equipment but also clothes to keep warm, safety boots, among others, while going up and down a roof. All this combined with the fact that you must use your hands and feet to work makes the equipment on these parts of the body suitable for use but not to protect you from the cold so penetrating that it can fall from 20 degrees Fahrenheit. 

The Tools You Use

Many times workers use different tools for the job that comes up when they are fixing or installing. Several of them will not be affected by the temperatures in any way, but there are cases such as air compressors and nail guns that are very affected by them. When the compressor releases or compresses air through the system, the moisture inside can become water. If the temperature is at a freezing point, the water will quickly freeze and create an obstruction in the airflow system that the worker needs. This affects the nail guns because the current they need to install correctly is not strong enough and will not go as deep as the nail is required to go. It is so important that the worker must constantly check the airflow and adjusts it, and those with the compressor must ensure that there is no moisture or ice in the system.

The Roof Shingles Used

People always wonder if laying tiles during the winter is plausible or not, in a short form, it is possible to do it but you have to take many precautions when doing it, the asphalt material that is in the tiles can stop being flexible or resistant enough, due to the temperature drop that can progressively occur in the work, it will be more difficult to bend and cut them. If the tiles are more rigid when nailed with the pressure used in the gun, it will cause them to break or be in a very large point of tension, this will make the point of the tiles much smaller when adjusting the pressure.

Although workers are generally aware of this problem, they take extra care when installing the tiles to ensure that nothing is too loose or too tight, but even with this, the cold wind can cause the tiles to break. All tiles are equipped with an insulating adhesive that is activated by the heat of the sun so that the tiles remain attached. Although these various tiles are designed to be activated at different temperatures, this will depend on the company that produces them. If they do not have adequate adhesion, a sealant, usually cement, must be applied manually underneath the tile to avoid any inconvenience

All this has to be foreseen before starting work, ensuring that the tiles are suitable for application on the roof, the contractor must ensure that workers can make use of them, have the necessary tools for proper installation, or have a backup if they present any inconvenience. In the end, it is also up to the leader to ensure that employees can work safely and comfortably to do a good quality job.


For the installation and viability of a roofing job, these three factors must be taken into account, which to a great or lesser extent affect not only the work, but also the workers who will often not do an adequate job due to the risks of the job or the bad weather, and a poorly done job will not only generate problems in the short or long term but is a latent risk to their safety.

If you want to hire a company or group for winter roofing try to find professionals with experience in this area that can advise you and give you a service that can ensure your roof and your family in the winter that can often be so hard and difficult, do not skimp on spending and much less exceed your contractors because your safety and good work depends on them.

Be aware of these problems and be prepared for them. Installing a roof before the winter season will help minimize risks for everyone and be a much less expensive investment.