When it comes to installing or replacing a roof, one factor that homeowners and contractors have to keep in mind is the weather. If you’ve gone this far in reading articles about roofing, you’ll know that water damage in the form of leaks can easily compromise your roof’s integrity.
A finished roof can easily protect your home from the different elements of the weather. In most cases, the formation of leaks is rare on finished roofs. However, unfinished or roofs that are still being worked on can be easily damaged when faced with heavy rain, snow, and even high winds. That said, the question still remains: Is it possible to shingle during the rain?
But before we can answer the question we have to know why are contractors not recommending on working on a roof while it’s raining. Then, we’ll discuss the necessary preparations needed to roof under such conditions.
Why Shouldn’t I Shingle In The Rain?
Let’s say that you’re coming home from a long day at work and when you get home, you notice that your ceiling is ‘sweating’. Then after a few months, you’ll notice that there’s going to be some dark stains and swellings on your ceiling that’s caused by water that’s trapped on your roof. So you contact your roofing contractor for an extensive inspection of your roof and they don’t find any leaks, but they still tell you that you need to get a roof replacement to remove the mildews and trapped water on your roof’s interiors.
What could be the cause? Then you realize that when your roof was being installed, it was raining and the water got trapped on your roof when the roofing process was being done. You wouldn’t want that to happen to your roof and spend another large sum of money, would you?
Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Shingle Under The Rain
To give you a simpler answer to the question: No, you shouldn’t shingle under the rain. Roofing materials usually cost thousands of dollars and you’re also going to be doing days worth of work in placing adhesives and nailings on your new set of shingles. If you’re going to be roofing under less-than-favorable conditions, you’re gearing towards a roof that’s going to be more susceptible to water damage. Additionally, it’s counter-intuitive to be installing your roof while it’s raining since your roof is there to protect your home from rain and other natural elements in the first place.
Moreover, roof cement and certain adhesives won’t stick if they are exposed to lower temperatures. In most cases, these adhesives will take a few weeks to settle; by that time, you’ll have multiple damages to your roof.
What Should I Do?
If you haven’t worked on your roof just yet, the best course of action is to wait for better weather conditions. If you have now started working on your roof, you can use sheets of ice and water protection or even a tarp to keep your roof dry while the rain subsides.
Additionally, if you’re not up for the task of going up to your roof because of potential hazards, you can have a qualified professional roofing contractor do the work for you. Having professional supervision can help mitigate water damage from the rain.
Hiring A Professional
Installing shingles on your roof is a relatively easy task than other roofing materials. However, when it’s raining, the process of installing can be a bit tricky and you’re faced with more potential hazards. If you’re not up for the task of shingling your roof during unfavorable weather, you can always have a licensed and qualified roofer doing it for you. In the long run, having a professional work on your roof can help save you thousands of dollars worth of repair and damages.
The bottom line is that you shouldn’t be working on your roof if it’s raining. If you’re on a tight schedule and you really need your roof done by the end of the day, you can always ask a roofing contractor that specializes in shingling your roof during not-so-favorable weather conditions. You can also talk to your roofing contractor that you want to have it rescheduled to a later date.
If the risk of damage from rain is too great, most contractors will place a tarp on your roof and will return to working on it once it’s now sunny. If ever you’re working on your roof when it’s raining and there’s an emergency leak, you should call your contractor immediately to avoid any further water damages. Once water gets trapped inside your roof’s interiors, this could result in more damages.