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season for roof replacement (complete tear off required)
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Wondering if anyone can tell me whether a roof can be replaced in the winter?  I'm in MI and the temps are below zero with windchill, plus we have about 7" of snow on the ground.  I desperately need…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John K. Dec 29, 2010.

 

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John K. replied to Anita Rosenberger's discussion season for roof replacement (complete tear off required)
"Buckets catching leaks in the attic for a few months is not ideal but it's a lot better than any alternative that involves being on a roof during winter.   Believe me, I've been there."
Dec 29, 2010
Anita Rosenberger replied to Anita Rosenberger's discussion season for roof replacement (complete tear off required)
"Thanks!  All good points.  We have pretty much decided to wait and hope that we can patch as we go once it warms up (tomorrow I think actually, should be about 39) and based on what you've said, I will check what the mfgr. of the…"
Dec 29, 2010
John K. replied to Anita Rosenberger's discussion season for roof replacement (complete tear off required)
"I've done my share of roofs and I do not understand why anyone outside of an unemployed roofer would be saying it's ok to do.   Even the instructions on the shingles say to not apply under a certain temperature ( I think 40F ).…"
Dec 29, 2010
KenK replied to Anita Rosenberger's discussion season for roof replacement (complete tear off required)
"I would feel that way as the last thing I would want is someone getting hurt.  I hope you're able to find a safe way to button up any leaks during the harsh MI winters."
Dec 18, 2010
Anita Rosenberger replied to Anita Rosenberger's discussion season for roof replacement (complete tear off required)
"agree, and the economy has been so bad, that is what I was wondering, if they just need the work so pretty much willing to do anything...but does concern me.  I'm thinking maybe we had better wait.  thanks"
Dec 16, 2010
Anita Rosenberger replied to Anita Rosenberger's discussion season for roof replacement (complete tear off required)
"this is what I'm worried about....safety and quality of work.  thanks"
Dec 16, 2010
KenK replied to Anita Rosenberger's discussion season for roof replacement (complete tear off required)
"I agree with the safety issue.  The economy is pretty bad, and winter is not an ideal time to put on a roof.  Hence, I could see a contractor wanting to get a job. Any job. Just make sure they'll licensed and have workman's comp."
Dec 16, 2010
Dennis M. Crookshanks replied to Anita Rosenberger's discussion season for roof replacement (complete tear off required)
"Yes, but it is not a good idea.   The crew doesn't really want to be there. The shingles are cold and crack easily. Nail guns, if used, regularly drive nails right through brittle shingles. Ice and water shield does not stick well. If you…"
Dec 14, 2010
Anita Rosenberger replied to Anita Rosenberger's discussion season for roof replacement (complete tear off required)
"Thanks - I'm a bit worried about their safety too - heavy winds on high pitched roof.  Just doesn't seem like a great idea but I can see what you are saying about the potential for rain damage during a warmer season."
Dec 14, 2010
Lair Tienter replied to Anita Rosenberger's discussion season for roof replacement (complete tear off required)
"You should be fine with having a rood put on now.  I agree it is not the ideal time and I bet your roofers would too.  It is painful to be out in that cold for hours on end.  I have had 2 neighbors, here in northeren Iowa where…"
Dec 14, 2010
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season for roof replacement (complete tear off required)

Wondering if anyone can tell me whether a roof can be replaced in the winter?  I'm in MI and the temps are below zero with windchill, plus we have about 7" of snow on the ground.  I desperately need a roof, and the roofer(s) is/are telling me that it is fine to replace now, and in fact they would rather sweep off snow than deal with the leaking in the spring.  But....I always thought you needed warmer temps for the glue or tar etc.  This is not really an "old" house so I apologize if I should…See More
Dec 14, 2010

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Tell us about yourself:
We live in a rural area on 26.5 acres which we purchased so we could run our dogs on our property. (sleddogs)
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
Our house was built in 1989 so not really "old" however it was built CHEAPLY....everything is falling apart, and everything was done so poorly to begin with. We've been replacing small things up until now, but now we have some major systems which need to be replaced and we are trying to figure out best way to go given the housing market (resale) and current economic conditions.

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