Rubber Roofing in the Winter
The winter can be a troublesome time for roofing, especially when it comes to rubber roofing. It can not be installed and should not be fixed during the winter season due to many different factors. It can not be installed due to the adhesive used to “glue” down the seams. The glue should not be used anywhere under 40 degrees Fahrenheit, as it will not work as it is supposed to work, and therefore will lead to leaks, as well as the potential for the roof to blow off. These are all very serious issues that should be avoided at all costs. The risk for the roof blowing off is much higher than ever at this point and can be dangerous to everyone inside the home.
Rubber Roofing vs. Snow
A flat rubber roof typically can avoid issues during the winter, but there are a few things that could go wrong. These issues typically occur in the springtime, when everything starts to melt. The ice on your rubber roof could potentially be covered in snow, especially in the New England area, and as a result, cause problems. The problems are not with the weight of the snow itself, but with the process of freezing, and melting and refreezing that typically occurs in New England, due to rapid weather and temperature changes.
This all being said, the melting water, in coordination with the seams on the roof can cause water damage, as well as leaking into the home. One of the ways to avoid any of these problems is by calling your neighborhood roofing specialist to come take a look at your roof before the winter, so that you can determine what needs to be done to be preventative, instead of having issues in the middle of the winter.