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Can I Install a Metal Roof During the Winter?

If you take the time to call around to roofing professionals throughout your area, and ask them if they can install a roof in the winter, most of them will probably say no. When it comes to materials such as asphalt, they rely on the pressure and heat of the season to activate the sealant strips in their shingles to create the necessary seal that keeps moisture and the elements out. This causes them to have a limited season for proper installation. However, with a metal roof, no such environmental factor is required.

Not only is a winter installation possible for a metal roof, it actually has its benefits over a summer installation.


Unlike an asphalt roof, metal roofs are not dependent on a temperature sensitive sealant to keep moisture out. A metal roof uses screws and flashing to keep the panels secure, and their edges water resistant. An asphalt shingle will have to wait until the summer to get the glue it uses to actually activate, and during that time, dust and debris will get pushed up under the shingles causing the glue to be less effective when the time comes to adhere.


It’s always important to make sure that you are working with a company that hires and trains professionals, and insures them. A knowledgeable crew knows the limits of the materials that they are working with and also knows how to install safely during the winter months. Homeowners may find that some roofing companies charge less in the winter months because they experience a slump in business when the weather is cold.

When you work with an experienced contractor, however, you can expect them to be busy year-round. While you might be tempted to take advantage of a lower price, remember that reputable roofing companies stay busy for a reason — they deliver a high-quality job that will last for decades. If your roof needs replacing now, and it can’t wait until summer, make sure you work with a company that will take the time to do the job properly. And if you’re concerned about how long your roof will last, you should only work with a highly experienced roofing company that stands behind its work with a quality warranty.