Winter is coming–and so are the challenges of installing traditional asphalt shingle roofs, especially in regions where the temperature drops below 40° F.
The ideal temperature range for installing traditional asphalt shingles is between 70° to 80° F. When the temperature drops below 40° F, installations and repairs require adhesive products that need the sun’s heat for activation. That means that the window for asphalt shingle installations in the winter can be severely limited.
Additional challenges of installing asphalt shingles during the winter include:
The nature of shingles themselves in low winter temperatures. Asphalt shingles lose flexibility in colder weather, increasing material handling and layout difficulty.
Issues cutting asphalt shingles in cold weather. Asphalt shingles cut like hot butter in the summer, but like a block of ice in temperatures below 40° F. Cutting asphalt shingles below these cooler temps can be frustrating, and costly by adding additional labor and material waste.
Difficulties properly driving nails on the roof with pneumatic guns. Depending on the temperature of the asphalt shingles and the humidity in the cold air, over-or under-driving fasteners are a common problem during the winter months.
The sealant on asphalt shingles installed in cold weather does not activate right away. In fact, it may not activate at all until warmer weather returns. In the meantime, winter shingle blow-offs can occur, especially in areas prone to wind uplift.
Asphalt shingle manufacturers recommend hand-sealing every shingle to prevent them from lifting due to winter blow-offs. This can add additional labor costs, plus time to the project.
Hotboxes are usually required at the job site to keep shingles and adhesives between 100 and 120 degrees F to prevent freezing.
The risk for voided warranties increases when installing asphalt shingles below the manufacturer’s recommended temperature.
“You may end up with a faulty roof if you don’t adhere to these temperature requirements when installing a new roof or replacing an existing one. The risk for voided [shingle] warranties will increase when you try to replace or install the roof when temperatures are below 40° F.” – 4k Exteriors
By adding JINHU Metal Roofing to existing service offerings, contractors can provide a durable, long-lasting roofing option that can be installed year-round–regardless of temperature.
Keep reading to learn how easy it is to install and sell JINHU Metal Roofing products.
Winter Roofing Made Easy with JINHU Metal Roofing
- Getting started with JINHU is easy. They can be cut with ease in colder climates with the following:
- Steel roof panel cutter shear.
- Power saw with a circular blade designed for use with metal roofing, also known as a ‘cool cut’ blade.
- Tin or aviation snips.
When it comes to adhesives, JINHU products do not rely on sun-activated adhesives (or hand sealing) like traditional asphalt shingles. Our interlocking panels provide a secure, firmly anchored roof. And there’s no need to worry about over or under-driving nails with a nail gun.
The interlocking panels are installed with a #10 x 1.5” corrosion-resistant fastener with a 1/4” drive hex bolt head. This superior fastener is even approved for use in the high-velocity hurricane zone of Miami-Dade, Florida (when the fastening schedule is followed as outlined in the high-velocity wind install guide), which has some of the strictest building codes and roofing requirements in the nation.
It’s important to note that JINHU products are some of the lightest roofing materials on the market, weighing in at just 1.4 to 1.6 pounds per square foot (that’s less than half the weight of heavy asphalt shingles), making for easier maneuvering of materials when roof decks may be frosty or slippery. Additionally, the lightweight characteristics of a JINHU roof often eliminate the need for a complete tear-off for roofing upgrades and remodel, saving time, labor, and waste disposal costs.
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Benefits of JINHU Metal Roofing for Homes in Colder Climates
Engineered to withstand nearly anything Mother Nature has to offer, JINHU Metal Roofing provides both long-term protection and long-term value. Let’s start with protection from the elements.