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February 2, 2021

Metal Roofing in the Winter

Metal Roofs_ Wagner Metal Supply

Metal roofing in the winter may not seem ideal upon initial thought, but this is a misconception. Installing a metal roof in the winter is done more frequently than you think. It is not recommended to install asphalt shingle roofing in the winter, so why would it work for metal roofing? This may pose some questions. Why would a company want to stay out in the cold to install a roofing system? Isn’t it dangerous to climb on a roof in the winter? Won’t the cold temperatures alter the integrity of the roofing system? No need to worry—Wagner Metals is here to answer all your questions regarding metal roofing in the winter! Prime metal roofing season is usually between early spring and late fall. Even though this is not the dedicated typical time to install your metal roof—it is still possible.

Lower Demand for Metal Roofing in the Winter 

Although a metal roof installation is uncommon and unusual in the wintertime, there are some benefits that come with it! When you choose a winter installation, you are more likely to get a quicker installation. How so? Well, consider the prime time to install roofs. Inquires usually begin to pile in during early spring. As the list builds, the build time will naturally get pushed back further and further. If you inquire about a metal roof in the summer, it will be pushed even later. Not many people think to consider winter metal roofing because of the weather conditions. Therefore, there is not much of a waitlist. What people do not realize is that metal roofing contractors work year-round. Inquiring, wait time, and build time can be potentially quicker in the winter.

Working Conditions for Metal Roofing in the Winter

To no surprise, it is quite uncommon to see a contractor working in the cold. There are two major reasons why. One, not all roofing materials are designed to be installed in the winter. Therefore, you may not see your typical asphalt shingle roofer doing their job in the cold.  Two, ice and snow can make the worksite dangerous for the contractor. We certainly need to ensure all contractors remain safe, but winter metal roofing is not as bad as you would expect.

 Just as you would in summer—contractors must properly prep the job site before they begin the installation. This could include shoveling, laying salt, wiping the roof decking free of any snow or ice, and more. Believe it or not—some prefer to work in the cold of winter compared to the heat of summer. Working on top of a roof in the heat of summer is unbearably hot and exhausting. Some prefer to work in the cold when they come properly prepared for winter weather.

Metal Roofing in the Winter—Material Integrity 

As previously mentioned, —not all roofing materials are suitable to be installed in the winter. Therefore, you do not typically see asphalt shingle roofers working in the cold. Some materials—like asphalt shingles—require a proper curing period. Shingles will cure in temperatures 45 degrees and higher. If they do not properly cure, they will crack, peel, and not properly adhere to the roof decking. Luckily, winter temperatures do not alter the integrity of metal roofing panels. Metal panels are one of the only roofing materials that are not negatively affected by cold temperatures. No matter the temperature—metal roofing can be installed!

F.A.Q

1.Why is metal roofing at a lower demand in the winter?

We experience quite the winters in the Midwest, so many people have the misconception that metal roofing contractors cannot work in these conditions. Also, other roofing materials are not suitable to be installed in temperatures below 45 degrees. Luckily, the winter weather does not affect whether a metal roof can be installed. Not many people think to consider winter metal roofing because of the weather conditions. Therefore, there is not much of a waitlist. What people do not realize is that metal roofing contractors work year-round. Inquiring, wait time, and build time can be potentially quicker in the winter.

2. Is it dangerous for metal roofing contractors to work in the winter?


Snow and ice can make a worksite dangerous, but with the proper preparation—it should not be a problem! Metal roofing contractors are trained to wear the right gear for the conditions, and they will make sure to thoroughly shovel and salt the worksite.

3. Will metal panels distort if installed in the winter?

Metal roofing panels will not distort in the cold temperatures of winter. Asphalt shingles are known to crack, split, and fall off when installed in colder months; however, metal roofing has no problem at all facing the elements of winter!

4.Does Wagner Metals Roofing and Remodeling install metal roofs in the winter?


Wagner Metals Roofing and Remodeling does install metal roofs throughout the winter months! Our roofing contractors install metal roofs year-round with phenomenal service. Call Wagner Metals Roofing and Remodeling today to begin your metal roofing installation process!