There is an ongoing debate of whether or not to install shingles (or carry out roof repairs, in general) during the winter. The truth is that winter roof repairs are possible, but not as easy as shingle installation in warm weather. The freezing temperatures affect different aspects of the work.


Some roofing tools are affected by the low winter temperatures. Most of the affected instruments are those that use compressed air in their operations such as nail guns and compressors, or tools that use coolants or oil.

For example, oil becomes too viscous at low temperatures, and this reduces the efficiency of any rotating parts that need oiling. However, the biggest problem occurs when condensate freezes and blocks the operation of different parts of the compressors such as filters, pipework, and even dryers.

The result and extent of the interference depend on the affected tool. For example, nail guns may not drive the nails as deep into the roof. Otherwise, the shingles become weak.


Apart from the tools, even the human laborers working on the roof may be affected by extremely low temperatures. The low temperatures necessitate the use of warm (but heavy) clothing, which may make working and maneuvering on the rooftop difficult. As a result, the crew's morale may be affected.

Although professional roofers hold themselves to very high standards, they are still human beings that may be tempted to cut corners to finish their work fast if the working conditions are less than favorable. Even those who do not succumb to the temptation may still be affected because they may be forced to work slower than they usually do.


Lastly, you should also know that extremely low temperatures also have an effect on shingles. For one, shingles become more brittle than usual at lower temperatures than they are at normal temperatures. This means that they must be handled more carefully too because they can easily break in that state. Additionally, the low temperatures also reduce the bonding properties of the shingle adhesive, which may lead to shingle loosening by wind.

These challenges may winter shingle installation difficult, but not impossible. All it means is that the roofers will have to work harder and take extra precautions to install your roof properly. For example, they may have to apply roof cement under each shingle as they are installed so that bonding can occur immediately. Therefore, it is better to winterize your roof and only repair emergency roof problems during the winter. Talk to a professional like MAK Construction Corporation for more information.