The last thing you want is to have a leaky roof when the weather is bad, nor do you want pests seeking refuge from aforementioned bad weather in your home because they could get into it through the spots that need repair. If the weather is bad, can you obtain repair services for your roof? Or do you need to wait for it to clear up before a roofer can come out to repair your roof? Roofers have to mind their safety, after all, but you also need your roof fixed sooner rather than later.
Here’s what you need to know about roof repair and bad weather so that if you find yourself in a situation like this, you can have a better understanding of what to expect.
Roof Repair In Bad Weather: Is It Even Possible?
Technically, yes, it is possible to do roofing repairs in inclement weather conditions. Whether or not it is advisable is another story entirely. Bad weather can end up damaging your roof, after all. Plus, bad weather creates incredibly hazardous work conditions for the roofers.
In short: while if people really wanted to, they could do roof repair in bad weather, this is an incredibly bad idea, for a multitude of different reasons. You shouldn’t want or expect roofers to do any sort of roofing work in inclement weather. For both their safety and for the sake of your roof, it’s best to wait for a clear day.
Why Roof Repair In Bad Weather Is A Bad Idea
Now, if your roof has a leak or a hole in it, there are measures you can take to mitigate the amount of weather damage done until a roofer can come out. However, if your roof has damage to it, either as a result of the weather or pre-existing conditions that your roofer was going to fix, you’ll likely need to wait until you can have it repaired.
While it may seem annoying to have to reschedule or for a project to take longer than anticipated, trust the fact that it is for the best and that the end result will be so much better for having waited.
Here are some of the top reasons why roof repair in bad weather is a bad idea.
#1. It Isn’t Safe
Roofers take a lot of safety precautions in order to be able to do their job. Even on a clear, sunny day, roofing is dangerous work. Add in slipperiness from rain or snow, and the job gets infinitely more hazardous.
In addition to slickness, there are lots of other safety hazards that arise with inclement weather. Such weather can damage your roof in and of itself. If you’re in need of repairs already, damaged roofs can’t withstand bad weather as well as fully intact roofs can. Visibility can also decrease in inclement weather, which makes it difficult for roofers to see what they’re doing and where they’re stepping.
If there’s just some light rain, some roofers may choose to just work through it. However, this article is talking about bad weather. In the case of inclement weather, safety is a huge concern.
#2. It Compromises The Quality Of Your Roof
Of course, the safety of the people you hire is paramount. That said, roof repair in bad weather is also bad because your roof would suffer for it. Your roof is an incredibly important part of the structure of your home. Roofers pay a great deal of attention to detail in order to ensure that your roof is as durable and functional as possible.
However, if repairs are attempted in bad weather, this negatively affects the roofing materials, causing them to not last as long. Should roofers try to work through a storm, they’re more likely to make mistakes due to lowered visibility and inclement weather conditions.
Attempting roof repair in bad weather can lead to needing further repairs much sooner. It’s best to wait in order to ensure that the repairs are done properly and that the materials don’t get affected by the weather.
What Do Roofers Do If It Starts To Rain?
Roofers always have tarps on hand in order to protect their work and your home should the weather decide to take a turn for the worse. Roofers typically keep an eye on the weather in order to ensure that it’s a good day for the job, but Mother Nature can be very unpredictable.
If there’s just some light rain, your roofers may be able to safely complete your repairs. However, if the weather gets bad, they may need to come back another day to finish the work.
If you have an emergency situation, roofers may not be able to repair it right away in bad weather, but they can help to mitigate the damage by tarping up holes. This can protect your roofing structure and your home until the weather is good enough to repair the damage done.
Lifetime Roofing provides roofing services throughout Northern Utah. If your roof needs repairs, you can count on our team for quality workmanship. To learn more about our roofing services or to schedule a repair job, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!