Can I get a new roof in the winter?

Posted on 28 January 2022

Are you wondering “Can I get a new roof in the winter?” If so, you’re not alone. This is a question asked by many property owners when they’re thinking of replacing their roofs. Fortunately, the answer is usually yes, especially if you hire experienced roofers who are confident working in all weathers. Read on to find out more about getting a new roof in winter.  

Can you replace a roof in the winter? 

Roofers in Grimsby

Whilst some roofing companies won’t replace a roof in winter, most will. Those that don’t are usually inexperienced and lack the skills to carry out the work safely in inclement weather. At Raven Roofing and Repairs, we can usually replace roofs every month of the year, using the right techniques and precautions every step of the way. We’ll guarantee the same standard of work whatever the season. 

Is replacing a roof in winter dangerous?

Winter roofing can be dangerous in wintry weather. This is because surfaces can become wet and icy, making them slippery and raising the risk of slips and falls. When working at height, the result can sometimes be fatal. Therefore, it’s important to hire an experienced roofing contractor to replace your roof. We can work in all conditions safely, making sure the risk of accidents is kept to a minimum.  

Are shingle roof replacements possible in winter?

Unfortunately, winter isn’t the ideal time of year for shingle roof replacements. This is because the low temperatures can lead the materials to harden or freeze, and eventually crack under the pressure of a tool or nail. The best temperatures to install shingle roofs are between 4 and 26 degrees C. If the cold weather falls below these temperatures, the shingles can become weak and brittle and more likely to break. To prevent this from happening, it’s best to store the materials in a warm place before working in sub-zero temperatures.

What about a metal roof? 

Whilst shingle roofs can be more challenging to install in winter, metal roofs are far less problematic. This is because the metal roof installation process is different. Unlike shingles roofs where the adhesive is affected in lower temperatures, metal roofs don’t use adhesive, which means the weather doesn’t impact the installation. Additionally, water can’t travel upwards on metal roofing due to its design. Snow simply slides off it too, reducing the risk further. 

Do roof replacements take longer in winter?

Roofing in The Winter

Due to the more challenging weather conditions, you can expect a roof replacement to take longer in winter. You should also keep in mind that roofers tend to be busier during this season due to the extra demand. Roofers usually get a lot more calls at this time of year due to the low temperatures and rain causing people to assess their roofs. After spending much of the year assuming their roof is fine, people will work out that it isn’t in great shape and call up their local roofer to help. Since roofers are very busy in winter and the weather isn’t ideal, you can expect your roof replacement to take slightly longer. 

The most common roofing problems in winter 

Adverse weather conditions in winter can be taxing for your roof, with rain, wind, snow and ice causing a multitude of problems. The biggest are icicles, ice dams, loose or lost shingles, damaged flashing, and damaged underlayment. These are all issues to be aware of once winter sets in. Many people think icicles are harmless, however, they can bring down gutters in some cases, with particularly heavy icicles causing significant stress to your roof and even contributing to rotting. 

Ice dams are just as concerning, and occur when the heat from the inside of your house isn’t distributed equally across the roof. So when the snow and ice melt, the water collects in cold areas, freezing to form an ice dam. Since these ice dams can prevent water from running off the roof, leaks can occur. Make sure to check your roof for icicles and ice dams in winter. If you notice any of them, call a roofing contractor as soon as possible.

Hire Raven Roofing in Grimsby and Louth

Now that you know the answer to “Can I get a new roof in the winter, you may be looking for experienced roofers in Grimsby and Louth. If so, look no further than Raven Roofing and Repairs. We’ve been installing and repairing roofs on domestic and commercial properties in the area for several years, building a fantastic reputation for ourselves. We’re a family-run company that is trusted by generations of families and businesses. Unlike some companies, we carry out roofing work throughout the year, using the best techniques and following the necessary health and safety precautions. 

Roofing installation and repair services 

At Raven Roofing and Repairs, we not only install roofs. We also carry out a full range of repairs, with no job too big or small for our team to handle. Whether you’re dealing with damaged shingles, broken flashings, rotten fascia boards or soffits, shrinkage, clogged gutters, wind damage or leaks, we can assist. We’ll carry out work promptly and to a high standard, returning your roof to the optimal condition as quickly as possible. If you suspect there’s something wrong with your roof, it’s important to get it inspected by an experienced roofer right away. This will help to avoid any smaller issues escalating into bigger, more costly problems. 

Contact us 

If you’re still wondering “Can I get a new roof in winter?”, talk to one of our team. Our roofers in Grimsby and Louth will be happy to discuss your roofing needs with you. We’ll let you know if we’ll be able to replace your roof in the current weather conditions. Call us on 01472 565 084 or 01507 640 072 or send us a message online to get in touch.


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Shawn Bosworth
Chris and his apprentice were brilliant! Came out in the miserable rain and made my roof water tight again. I had several quotes from other roofers, cowboys trying to milk my desperation for silly money. Chris was honest, fair and reasonably priced. Highly recommended, thanks!
mark appleby
Extremely Happy with Job!Chris, Quickly assessed the roof and gave options on what could be done.Once Date Agreed, delivered on time with a very professional looking job. Job was in Feb and Chris and Team went out of their way to get the job done even though weather was bad at end of week. They left Work area very clean. Highly reccomend them!
Bev Barley
Thanks for doing a first class job would highly recommend Chris for a job well done
Robert Meadows
Mike Downs
Fantastic, would recommend to anyone who needs roof work. Polite, helpful and super fast. Thanks so much.
Lisa McMahon
Had a leak from my roof. Chris came out the same day althoughthe weather wasn't good. He surveyed the roof and found the problem immediately (a tile had slipped), took photo's before and after replacing the slipped tile. I asked how much I owed him - he said there was NO charge as it was a quick repair. What a lovely, kind, genuine guy! Would highly recommended him and his company.
Roland Packer
We recently had the roof on our extension replaced by raven roofing. Chris and his young helper couldn't have been more helpful. Work done to a very high standard. Quote honoured to the penny. Genuinely nice people and a real pleasure to do business with. Will definitely call them for the services they offer, when needed.
Michelle Packer
Can’t recommend this company enough. Did a great job on our roof , very friendly team , punctual, good quality work and good value for money . Many thanks
Carol Howden
Very friendly team and carried out a great job. Arrived and just got on with the job. Looks great
andrew engeham
Competitive price and excellent workmanship.Highly recommended.
Keith Brown
Great company great service
John Hornsby
Came on time very Satisfied with wat was done. Will be using them again if needed
Omer Khalifa
renegade jokerrr
Fantastic service! Nice and friendly guys! Very quick work! Great customer service! If I need any repairs in the future i will use Raven again.
Margaret Dabb
After being let down by another firm i rang Chris in desperation. Within an hour he arrived, looked at work, discussed, priced and booked a date. Arrived on time, everything ran like clockwork even in the awful heat they had to work through. Very well organised, very tidy, would have no hesitation in recommending his work. Many thanks
Zoe Gibbons
Can’t recommend Chris and his team more, they were all friendly, polite and efficient and left my patio tidier than it was before! Nothing was too much trouble and good quality work and price. I’d definitely recommend Raven Roofing to all my friends and family.
Alan Grosschmidt
Would Recommend Raven Roofing.We had new gutters and facias fitted all round the house.We were really pleased with the completed job.I did point out a minor oversight, which Chris promptly dealt with.The quote for the job was very competitive and I doubt you could get it done cheaper.So deserves 5 Stars.
Andrea Goforth
Was very happy with the prompt, professional, and friendly service provided by this company . They were so quick to help me out and repair a badly storm damaged roof. It is such a joy to have a service provider come when they say they will! Reasonable price and good quality workmanship too . Thank you, Raven Roofing .
We had the tiles down the gulley re-bedded.Very professional and cleaned up afterwards. Really friendly and very kind guy and we will definitely be using Raven Roofing again in the new year to do our guttering! Thanks Chris 👍🏻
Mike Prior
they repaired a dislodged tile free of charge. Just asked To be remembered for other works and telling my friends
Sally Melton
Had a skylight fitted. Excellent service, fitted my job in even though extremely busy. Was absolutely delighted the attention to detail was perfect. Made sure everything was tidied up and taken away. Thank you again. Would highly recommend.
Ali Wickham
Peter Hogarth
These guys did a great job repointing my roof gulleys
Pamela Blow
Samantha Blow
Excellent service, I would highly recommend :)
Derek Coates
Chris promptly repaired the front guttering which is now ok.
Lee Popham
Rang raven to come and fix my roof after last months storm, came next day and repaired, very happy with service and price, will definitely use again.
Mark Barnard
Very good reliable service all work guaranteed
kevin langley
When we needed urgent roof repairs, Raven Roofing & Repairs came to the rescue. Great quality work undertaken by true professionals.
Steve Nowell
I recently had repairs done to my roof. The response and service were excellent, nothing was too much trouble and the work carried out effectively and efficiently
Kelly Brewer
Excellent service, recently had repairs carried out on my house roof, Chris was really friendly, work carried out to a great standard at a great price 🙂
We have used Raven Roofing several times for small repairs as we didn't want to go to the expense of a new roof, but recent torrential rain forced us to accept we needed a new roof. We were dreading the bill but Raven Roofing were very reasonable (not sure if I'm allowed to say how much).The scaffolding arrived and was put up promptly, Raven Roofing arriving a couple of days later to start work, the only delays were due to bad weather and Raven Roofing contacted us to let us know about any delays which we really liked, usually builders don't bother. Raven roofing were polite, friendly and courteous at all times.Out roof was completely stripped and replaced in a week, all rubbish was removed and the gardens left looking tidy.The roof itself looks fantastic...we are very very pleased and highly recommend Raven Roofing.