Should we get the roof on our Seattle-area home replaced this winter?
October 18, 2015 6:45 PM   Subscribe

We have a house in Seattle that will need a new roof at some point in the next year. Is it crazy to attempt to have this done this winter?

As stated above, we need to have our roof replaced and were considering doing it this winter. We have heard that we might be able to get a deal by having this done in the winter, as well as attempting to avoid competing with other home owners if we were to do this in the summer. Has anyone had a roof replaced in Seattle over the winter? And if so, any things we need to be aware of that we might not think of? Also, anyone have a good roofing company recommendation?
posted by friendlyjuan to Home & Garden (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
El NiƱo typically means a drier winter for the Pacific Northwest and "The Blob" means continued warm temperatures. So if you were to pick a winter to do it, this one seems like the best in the foreseeable future.
posted by cecic at 7:03 PM on October 18, 2015 [1 favorite]

I'm in Portland, OR and need to replace my roof also. The roofing companies I've talked with say they can work year-round.
posted by elmay at 7:09 PM on October 18, 2015

My roofer said summer was slower than winter as winter quickly gets booked up with urgent work because major leaks appear when the rain really gets going. I think it's less of a discount issue and more of a schedule issue.
posted by quince at 7:24 PM on October 18, 2015 [2 favorites]

Roofers are crazy, they will work in any season, a good roofer knows when to strip the roof, how to cover it if the weather turns... Get recommendations (if you were in Michigan I could help with that, but I don't think my friend Jim will work in Seattle!)...
posted by HuronBob at 7:24 PM on October 18, 2015

A buddy recently had his place done and the actual work took less than a day. He's fussing with the contractor over details (they stripped the top-side valley flashing or whatever it's called and didn't replace it) but in terms of can it be done between rainy days, the anecdotal evidence is yes.
posted by mwhybark at 7:33 PM on October 18, 2015

If it is asphalt or fiberglass shingles, they have a "seal tab" of asphalt on the bottom of the front edge. Heat causes this to stick to the upper top surface of the next shingle down. This keeps the shingles from blowing off in high winds. I'd think spring would be better for this reason.
posted by rudd135 at 4:07 AM on October 19, 2015

We had a roof replaced in Wisconsin in December, average temperature outside IIRC was just above freezing. The guys were cursing at the cold weather but absolutely not cursing at the business, as their business tends to be more small emergency fixes rather than the big jobs.

You definitely want to work with a reputable company, and they need to have some awareness of the weather. In our case, we were having a Decra metal roof installed (looks like shingles) and they carefully arranged a window of good weather so that they could have a crew come over and rip it all off at once, then have a few days for the much slower process of laying the Decra sheets, which interlock with each other. This could have turned bad if it hadn't been planned properly. Don't blindly trust them to look at the weather forecast and make sure you're comfortable with their plan.
posted by jgreco at 11:29 AM on October 19, 2015

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