Winter is a Great time for a Metal Roof

Metal Roofing Installed All Year Round

When the cold weather sets in, most roofers head south for the winter.  Well, maybe not exactly south, but they get off the roof and do other projects like snow removal or interior remodel projects.  In case you are wondering why, it has more to do with the materials being used than it does with the worker that’s up on top.

Today we want to look at why most roofers aren’t going to get up on the roof in the winter.  And why metal roofing is a whole other beast that can be done no matter what time of year it is.

Why You Can’t Put Shingles On in the Cold

Most houses have asphalt shingles on top of them.  They go on quickly and they’re not very expensive.  While many houses will be just fine and not have any worries with them (until the next hail storm rips through the area), if they have been installed in the cold, they are setting themselves up for big problems.

Shingles are nailed to the roof, but they also are self-sealing.  Looking at the back of the shingle, there is a line of “glue” on it.  When the shingle is in the sun, this heats up and adheres the shingle to the one below it.  This helps to keep them solid on the roof and they won’t blow away when the next big wind comes.  Skip to the 3 minute mark in the video below to see it.

If they’re installed in the winter, however, it’s not warm enough to seal the shingle down.  A big winter storm comes, and you lose half your roof.

Why Metal Goes on Easy in the Cold

Metal is a different story.  There are no sealants that require the sunshine to ensure proper adhesion.  While there are areas that need to be caulked and sealed, these are generally able to be sealed up when the weather is a wee bit chilly out (just keep the caulk in the truck and it stays nice and pliable).  Everything else, gets screwed down or snapped together.  No wind worries here.

But wait, there’s more!  Winter is usually a less busy time in the construction industry.  That means that you might not have to wait quite as long to get a roof on your house if you choose to have a metal roof installed.  Of course it depends on the winter too.  If the wind is blowing and the snow is flying, there’s no way we are hoisting giant sails made of metal onto the roof.  They’ll just blow out of our hands and turn into flying guillotines at that point.  Then everyone is sad.

Call Beartooth Metal Roofing in Billings, Montana

Metal is better in every aspect.  But it’s not for every home.  If you’re ready to upgrade to a roof that will last forever, will be a work of art on top of your home, will lower your bills, and will increase the value of your home, then it’s time to call Beartooth Metal Roofing at 406-834-0084.