Can Roofs be Repaired in The Rain?
You may not be concerned about whether your roof can be worked on when it rains during these hot, sunny days. You might want to reconsider if you live in Marin, Sonoma, or Napa. Contractors of all stripes are very busy as a result of the devastating fires of the last few years and the subsequent rebuilding efforts. Roofing contractors fall into this category. This year's fire season could make things even worse, with wildfires raging across the state.
The COVID-19 pandemic is also adding to the already strained schedules and availability of construction crews. It also complicates efforts to increase the number of people who enter the trades through formal apprenticeships. For years, there has been a skilled labor shortage, with no clear solutions in sight. To put it another way, you might not be able to get on a roofing company's calendar until after the rains start this winter.
So, back to the original question: can you work on your roof while it's raining? You might be surprised to learn that yes is the answer. It is possible to repair or replace a roof while it is raining. A flat roofed structure would be an exception.
Roofers' safety is always a top priority, and roofing in the rain necessitates caution. However, it should come as no surprise that roofers consider working in cooler temperatures to be a benefit. Working in the rain is a viable option in the summer sun and high heat. The contents of your home are a top priority for you as a homeowner.
In the Rain, How Do Roofers Work?
Working in the rain necessitates a cautious approach. Rain, in fact, can allow a roofer to see if the water is draining properly or if it is pooling in areas that could indicate a problem. If the roof is being repaired in large sections, the areas that still need to be repaired can be tarped.
That works whether they're repairing a small section of your roof or tearing it off to replace it entirely. In either case, the work can be done in stages, focusing on the roof's damaged sections one at a time.
When a roof is torn off in sections, the individual sections can be re-shingled before moving on to the next. Working one section at a time allows the roof to remain intact, essentially throughout the project, if it is started on a sunny day and rain is forecasted the next day. Your roof will remain secure even if the forecasted rain turns into an unexpected high wind and thunderstorm. As a result, the contents of the house are safe.
Every year, predicting how much rain we'll get in the Bay Area becomes more difficult. Northern California is experiencing a moderate drought. However, if we get heavy rains this fall and winter, that could change on a dime. If you're concerned about possible leaks or your roof hasn't been inspected in years, the first step is to schedule an inspection. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), as we mentioned in an earlier post, recommends that a roof be inspected twice a year.
We recommend flexibility when considering a roof replacement because even weather experts have trouble predicting rain. A light shower will not halt the process, but a heavy downpour or windstorm may cause delays.
We understand that many homeowners are concerned about staying safe during the shelter-in-place period, which includes restrictions on who is open for business and who is not. Construction crew guidelines are updated on a regular basis. As we mentioned in an earlier post, the Booth & Little team is well-informed. Another useful resource for the construction industry during COVID-19 is Marin Builders Exchange.
If you feel overwhelmed and need help and need a roofing company in Atlanta?, give us a call.
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