how to winterize your roof
April 14, 2022

Can a Roof Be Repaired in Winter?

Mid-Atlantic winters can be harsh, with freezing rains and substantial snowfall. Add to that fewer daylight hours. Let’s examine the in’s and out’s of winter roof repair.

Yes! The roof of your building can be repaired in the winter months. Even if snow is in the forecast, roofing contractors can repair or restore your commercial roof (they just might need to do a bit of shoveling first).

In fact, there are certain weaknesses that, if discovered in the winter, you should have a roofing contractor inspect immediately.

What are Common Winter Roof Issues?

Leaks are the most alarming roof weakness. Even small leaks or signs of possible leaks in your building’s roof could be cause for emergency roof repair service.

We handle roof repairs in all seasons and are dedicated to helping property owners solve whatever issues they have. That’s why we offer 24-hour emergency roof repair.

As a Home Advisor “Top-Rated” roofing contractor, the J. Smucker Contracting team of commercial roof professionals delivers the highest quality customer service and are on high alert during emergency weather situations.

The causes of leaks vary (read 4 Main Causes of Winter Roof Leaks) but the solution remains the same: request a free inspection or call us for emergency services.

Does Winter Roof Repair Costs More?

No, roof repair in the winter does not cost more. Commercial roof repairs are typically needed in the winter and the same as those needed in warmer months.

Letting those repairs go until temperatures warm up, however, can cost you more in the long run. Why? If you have a small leak in your roof in the winter, snow or rain seeps in. Then it freezes and expands.

This causes much more damage than if you just have your building’s roof repaired as soon as you spot the weakness. The leak will increase in size and could eventually threaten the entire roof system.

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Are There Winter Roof Repair Challenges?

Ice dams can form along roof edges, which prevents snow and ice from draining off a building. If the water backs up behind that dam, it could weaken any roof coatings or substrates already compromised by poor installation or age.

Occasionally, temperatures drop too low for certain coating products to adhere properly. Our commercial roof professionals can go over what roof types are best for your project and, if needed, temporarily repair your roof until conditions enable proper adhesion for the roof coating you desire.

Lastly, excessive amounts of snow that remain or accumulate from other storms could be a weight-bearing risk to your building’s roof. Know your roof’s weight limits and arrange the proper maintenance needed to avoid snow overloads.

Need help? Schedule a free roof inspection with J. Smucker Contracting.