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Roofing in the Winter Part 1: Shingles

The blustery winter season is well on its way. If your roof is looking worse for wear, you may be in the market to have it appraised and/or redone. You’re most likely wondering which roofing options would work best in cold weather. Here are some thoughts to get you started.Shingles Asphalt shingles are among the most common and economical options out there. Shingles are durable and pleasing to the eye. During cold temperatures, however, they can be a tricky product to have used in your roof installation. Asphalt shingles come with a strip of adhesive that is used to connect them; they are then nailed into place following instructions that come with the product. A big reason shingling a roof in the winter can be a difficult task is that the warmth of the sun is what causes these adhesive strips to solidify and create the bond that keeps the shingles together. Many professional roofers have ways to make a winter shingle roof installation possible, though. These roofers use tar to attach the shingles to your roof, adding an extra bond that the adhesive strip alone couldn’t achieve in low temperatures. However, tar can be rather fickle in temperatures under 40 F. The cold temperature makes the tar more viscous and difficult to spread. This could mean that during a winter storm, the roof you just paid to have redone could end up sitting in your neighbor’s yard if not installed properly. Installing a winter roof isn’t as big of a problem for experienced professionals, though. A seasoned pro will know to keep the tar warm, allowing it to flow evenly and adhere to the roof deck and other shingles. If you’re looking into replacing your St. Louis roof, the highly experienced team at Promax Contracting is the perfect choice. With 25 years of roofing experience, we know how to make your dream roof come to life. For a free estimate and inspection on any St. Louis, MO home contact Promax at (314) 770-0700.