Roofing Companies & Weather Changes

Is Your Calgary Roofing Company Ready for a Change in the Weather?

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It is no secret that the weather in Alberta can change in the blink of an eye in. It is one of the biggest reasons you want a good roof over your head in the first place. However, what you might not realize is that a quick change in temperature, precipitation, or wind can affect the quality of your roofing project – not to mention any potential damage it can do to your home underneath the roof.

With that in mind, here are three quick things you should know about roofing and weather, and what you should remember when choosing a roofing company in Calgary:

Rain is the biggest issue with roofing. Despite what meteorologists will tell you, there is such a thing as unexpected rain. Moreover, when those first few sprinkles start to show up, your roofing company has to act quickly, since portions of your home may be exposed to moisture, which could lead to mold, structural damage, and other issues down the road.

There are two ways roofers can deal with rain, proactively and reactively. Thinking ahead, they can have enough workers on your roof to quickly arrange tarps to cover exposed areas, as well as having the forethought not to open up big sections of your roof in the first place. The last thing you want, if a surprise rainstorm is entering your area, is to have one person trying to cover big parts of your house with a few small tarps. On the reactive side, your roofer can put down different coatings that act as a barrier of protection between the exposed roof and the rest of your house. It might not be as good as a finished roof itself, but it can get the job done in a pinch.

Wintery conditions require a bit of finesse. In a perfect world, your roof would only need repairs during pleasantly warm sunny days. In the real world, we sometimes have to make emergency fixes in below-zero conditions, complete with snow and ice. Although workers can bundle up and take care of themselves, roofing shingles are more vulnerable to the elements. In fact, several materials can become brittle, meaning that, unless the pressure on your roofers nail gun is set correctly, they can crack and break as they are installed.

One more factor in winter installation is that materials can slide off your roof and into the snow where they will not be seen again until the spring thaw. Since nails and pieces of shingles can be considered ugly at best, dangerous at worst, a quality Calgary roofing company will schedule a spring cleanup for any winter installation.

Heat can be hard on your roofer and his roofing materials. Keep in mind that the temperature of a roof in the summer is typically hotter than it is on the ground. Partially owing to the fact that the materials we use (like oil-based asphalt shingles, concrete, rubber, and metal) absorb heat and reflect back to you. That makes roofing potentially dangerous. At the same time, heating your roofing materials can cause them to lose strength and durability, so workers need to be extra careful not to leave scars, marks, and scrapes by dragging their feet since even a small amount of pressure will leave noticeable impact. Unless you hire roofing company that pays close attention to the details, hot weather could mean that your roof will be damaged before it is even installed.

If you do not want to have to worry about moisture, snow, and heat, then hire a Calgary roofing company you can trust. Otherwise, your next roofing job could be as unpredictable as the weather.