Should you install a flat roof replacement in the rain? The short answer is, no. This is because first, it’s against building code to install water barrier membranes over wet substrate and second, unless there is proper ventilation, the moisture will likely get trapped in the substrate, leading to mold, mildew or rot. Not only will those conditions require additional repair but they are also unhealthy. Speaking of things that are unhealthy, any type of roofing work carries with it a certain amount of risk of slips and falls. This risk is increased exponentially in slick, rainy conditions making any roof repair work a serious safety issue.
What if it’s an emergency?
If it’s pouring down rain and your roof begins leaking, the best thing to do is contact a professional roofer who can install a tarp until the storm has subsided and a proper repair job can be done. Similarly, if roof repair work has already begun and rain is imminent, a reputable roofer will secure the roof with a tarp and wait until the rain passes to continue the repair or replacement.
In the case of an emergency, attempting to repair the roof yourself is not only dangerous, but unless you have all the necessary tools, materials and expertise, you’ll most likely end up calling a roofing contractor anyway.
When is the best time to have the roof replaced?
The best time to have roof replacement service depends on a variety of factors with weather being one of the biggest. For instance, according to NationalAtlas.gov, Arizona only receives an average of 12.5 inches of rain a year statewide. However, most of that rain comes from the “monsoon season” where afternoon thunderstorms are the norm between mid-July and mid-August. However, a roofing company familiar with local weather patterns has expertise with working around these brief storms.
So when should you schedule a roof replacement? Whenever possible, do not wait until the need for repairs has become critical. It can often take up to a couple of weeks for a roofing contractor to pull the necessary permits, get the appropriate materials from suppliers and make sure all the equipment is available and ready.
When deciding on what time of year to have your roof replaced, keep these considerations for each season in mind:
• Summer and winter. Traditionally slow periods for construction of any kind, you can often get quick service and lower prices during the summer and winter. Just make sure any temperature extremes won’t interfere with installation.
• Spring and fall. While weather conditions may be ideal – moderate temps, very little precipitation – spring and fall are extremely busy times for construction. You may not be able to get service right away and you may end up paying a premium.
Another thing to keep in mind when scheduling a flat roof replacement is this type of roofing requires regular maintenance. Make sure the roofing company you hire also offers a regular maintenance plan so you can get the most out of your flat roof.