23 Jul Can you get your roof replaced when it’s raining?
Summer is a good time to think about replacing your roof. But, what happens if it rains in the middle of the job? Can they just keep working? Understanding what will happen when it rains can put your mind at ease and give you reassurance that your Palatine roofing company is getting your roofing job done quickly and correctly.
Chicagoland’s Summer Weather
This is a great time of year to get your roof done precisely because of rain patterns. Most of the time, instead of prolonged rainfall, we get short showers, with the occasional overnight thunderstorm. At Aspen Exterior, we watch the weather forecasts to plan our roofing jobs for the times when rain is not expected.
Why Can’t Roofers Work in the Rain?
As anxious as you may be to keep your roofing job on schedule, there are good reasons for roofing contractors to take their time when it rains. First, working in rainy conditions can be dangerous. We make sure that our workers are safe during every aspect of our roofing job. Wet roofing sheathing, for instance, can be a cause of slip and fall accidents. When everything is done safely, everything goes faster.
Second, it’s important to ensure that roofing elements like the sheathing are dry when they go on. The sheathing is the assembly of flat panels that your shingles are attached to. The sheathing keeps rafters and roof trusses properly spaced and provides the strength that holds your roof together.
If your roof has a low slope, moisture caught between the sheathing and the shingles can cause bubbles and steam bubbles that can interfere with your roofing system. In some cases, moisture trapped underneath can lead to mold and mildew. Additionally, the synthetic underlayment that is often used forms a vapor barrier; if moisture is underneath, it will be trapped against the roof deck. Quality roofing companies in Palatine will be careful to exclude moisture to ensure that the job lasts.
If rain occurs at any point during the project, we wait until conditions are dry enough to continue without a risk of water damage later on. The American Plywood Association recommends waiting for moisture to go down to 5% or less. Following these recommendations means a better job that will protect your home longer.
Summer’s clear skies mean that this is the time of year to replace your roof and eliminate any worries about leaks or damage during our more intense seasons. Is it time for a new roof on your home? Give Aspen Exterior a call today. We’ll come out for an assessment and recommend the roof for you.
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