Replacing your roof can be prompted by a number of things, such as damaged shingles or leaks. You are in control of several factors including the material to be used, the contractor, the color of the roof among others. However, there’s one factor that is beyond your control – the weather.
Is it safe to reroof during the rains?
Roofing during rain requires a lot of caution. Some contractors will advise you to wait while some will choose to continue with the work. Some cases might be dire and waiting won’t be an option.
You will have to talk to your roofing contractor and agree on the best approach to take. Most roofers also prefer working in cooler temperatures. As a homeowner, your decision to roof during the rain should be determined by the risks involved.
How roofers work in the rain
Roofing during rains demands a measured approach. Instead of carrying out a whole tear off for the roof replacement, you can agree with your roofer to do it in sections. This is applicable whether it’s a replacement or minor repairs.
On the flip side, roofing during rain can offer roofers an opportunity to see if the water is draining out as expected. They are also able to know if they have fixed the problem or not.
Replacing the roof in sections gives a chance for specific sections to be re-shingled one at a time before moving to the next affected area.
Demerits of re-roofing during rain
Shingles might not work properly with wet areas
Installing your roof during rainy weather might cause a roof to fail. This is because certain roofing materials and shingles may not work effectively with slick surfaces that have high humidity. Besides, if the wood is wet at the time of replacement, then it can easily trap the moisture of your roof – causing mold or other problems.
Installing a roof during rain may void your roofing warranty
Most roofing manufacturers give warranty to only their products and not the installation process. They give specific guidelines as to how their products such as shingles should be installed. This simply means that the manufacturer is not responsible for any damages that come as a result of poor installation.
For example, if a roof installer (with your permission) decides to install the roof during poor weather conditions, then the manufacturer has a right to void their warranty – causing expensive repairs on your part in the long run.
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