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FAQ: Winter Roofing

Winter is finally here in New England, which means that it is time for snow, and lots of it depending on your location. Old Timers Slate Roofing are your roofing contractors in Massachusetts, and we are here to answer some of your frequently asked questions on roofing during the wintertime. 


What Temperatures Are Too Cold For Roofing?

The best temperature for most roofing projects is between 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 26 degrees Celsius.) Once the temperature hits 40 degrees (4.4 degrees) or below, it is considered too cold to perform roofing jobs. This is because we use adhesive products during the replacement process that needs the heat from the sun for activation. 


What Type of Roofing is The Best For Cold/ Freezing Temperatures?

There are several roofing materials that make exceptional choices for the cold. Some of the top favorites are:

  • Slate Tile Roofing
  • Metal Roofing (The best for heavy snow.)
  • Shingles 
  • Slate Roof Tile
  • Clay Roof Shingles


Is It Cheaper to Replace Your Roof During The Winter?

Most roofing companies are busier from late summer to fall. Scheduling an appointment during the off-season of late winter to spring may yield lower prices and off-season discounts. 


How Do I Get A New Roof When I Can’t Afford One?

Life happens, and we understand that. There are several options for unexpected winter roofing repairs. 

  • Finance repair costs
  • Apply for a grant (applies to disabled people, older adults, and low to moderate-income homeowners
  • Refinance your home
  • Save the money (if you can wait some months)
  • Call Old Timers Slate

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Are Flat Roofs Bad For Snow?

While flat roofing offers many advantages, snow may sometimes not be one of them. Depending on where you live and how much snow that area gets per year, your flat roof may suffer during the winter months.


Can EPDM be Installed in Cold Weather?

EPDM is a synthetic rubber for roofing and other projects that can be used as extra protection or seal for your roof. EPDM can be installed during winter. However, depending on the timing of the installation, it could be dangerous, and the labor may take a bit longer due to the weather or condition of your roof. 


Still Have Questions? 

Your Roofing contractors in Massachusetts are here to help answer any of your questions about your roofing needs during any time of the year. Old Timers Slate has been family-owned and operated for nearly a century, meaning we will get your job done quickly, safely, and within your budget. Contact us today at (619) 625-2191 for a free quote or to schedule a consultation.