Cold Weather Shingle Installation

Old 11-02-06, 12:19 PM
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Cold Weather Shingle Installation

I realize winter is not the best time to install a new roof but I'm in the middle of an addition project and will need to get the roof on - probably in early December. What methods are there for getting the tar strip in the back of the composition shingle to melt & adhere in cold weather? Not only do we have sub-freezing temperatures here but we also can get high +50 mph winds during winter so it's important I get this right.

Old 11-02-06, 01:25 PM
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I install roofs in the winter all the time on new construction jobs..

There is no way to speed up the sealing process but I can tell you that they do not require much sun for them to melt together (may take a few days).

I would recommend hand nailing opposed to using a roof gun. If a nail gun "is" used make sure the air pressure is not set to high (test it and to see that the nail head sits flush and also make sure the nails are placed as per company instructions)..

My nail gun also has an adjustment on the head to set how far the nail shoots into the shingle some do not have this option.

Good Luck,

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