Is it okay to roof my house in the winter time in Georgia?

Roof with ice on it during winter

Ahhhh. The holidays are over and the decorations are put away. Goodbye 2020 and hello 2021! It’s finally time to sit back, relax, and cozy up to the fire this winter. Hey wait! What’s that dark spot on the ceiling above the fire place? Don’t tell me that’s a leak! Oh man! I guess I’ve got to call a roofer, but it’s awfully cold outside. I wonder if they can even put a roof on in this weather?

Does this scenario sound familiar? Just when you thought it was time to kick back and relax this winter, you notice a leak and it’s pretty bad. You’ve been putting off getting that roof looked at for a couple years, and now your procrastination is coming back to haunt you. But the temperature is barely above freezing. Is it safe to re-roof your home right now? Well, fortunately for us here in Georgia, our winters aren’t as cold as in other parts of the country. So, while we will see our share of colder temperatures, for the most part, it’s usually safe to install shingles in metro Atlanta in January and February.

Most shingle manufacturers recommend that their shingles be installed when the outside temperature is at least 40 degrees or warmer. One thing to keep in mind is that while the outside air temperature may only be 38 to 40 degrees, the temperature on your roof can be 5 to 20 degrees warmer, depending on how the sun is hitting it. Our average temperature in Georgia in January is right at 52 degrees and 56 degrees in February. According to one local meteorologist, temperatures are expected to be a little warmer than normal this winter and precipitation to be near normal. So, if you’re thinking it is time for a new roof, here are some things to consider when dealing with a roofing project during the winter:

  • How long has your contractor been in business? An experienced and reputable roofer has most likely “been there; done that.” They will have experienced roofing in all kinds of weather and will know how to handle most every situation that comes up. A newer roofer may not know all the necessary precautions that need to be taken during colder weather.
  • What shingles will your contractor be using and are they certified with that manufacturer? While certification is not necessary to install shingles, it does ensure that the contractor has a relationship with the manufacturer and is up-to-date on all the latest installation tips and techniques.
  • What is your contractor’s “plan” for roofing your home? While it is safe to roof during the winter months, shingles will not properly seal in temperatures that are below freezing. If it’s not an emergency, an experienced roofer will wait for a few days of favorable temperatures before starting your project.

So, whether you’re experiencing a problem with leaks, or your roof just looks old and worn out, now may be the best time to think about moving ahead with re-roofing your home. The winter months are usually a little slower for most contractors, so they may be able to get to your job sooner (weather permitting!) And winter can be the time to get the best deals on a new roof. Traditionally, the major shingle manufacturers announce price increases for the Spring and Summer ahead of the storm and hurricane seasons. So, the price of shingles could be going up soon! For more information request a free estimate today.