No matter how well you've honed your craft, roofing in cold weather is a challenge for many, even for a seasoned contractor. In addition to thinking about your safety, you must also consider the usability of supplies and equipment, which may be susceptible to the elements.

For most contractors, installing roof shingles is not that easy because of several reasons. One of these reasons is that the roof's sealant takes a long time to activate as most bonds are made to melt instantly on sunlight. In lower temperatures, certain types of asphalt shingles can become less flexible, and equipment may freeze.

Before proceeding with your next cold-weather roofing job, consider the following precautions and recommendations on installing shingles during the winter.

Using nails and nail guns 

If you are using a nail gun in installing shingles this winter, you should nail down through the double layer of shingle, being careful to use a straight, flush angle. There is a better chance that the nail gun you use will jam more frequently in cold temperatures than in normal ones during winter.

Nails need to be installed flush with the shingle, not overdriven or under driven. When the airline is obstructed by ice, pins may not be pushed as deep as they should, which introduces a risk for under driven nails. This situation will require extra attention from the roofer to continually set the depth adjuster on the gun.

Asphalt shingles 

As the temperature decreases, the asphalt shingle's material component may lose its flexibility and resistance, resulting in the shingles to be more difficult to bend and cut the shingles straight. Being more "brittle," they'll be more likely to be overdriven by nails when using normal pressure in the system.

Providing that the crew is extra conscious of that and takes the time to do it right, there are ways to deliver a proper installation. Another important consideration is if cold weather application increases the chances of blow-offs. All shingles are equipped with a self-sealant strip, a line of glue that activates with the sun and tabs the shingles together


If you are not careful enough, ice dams can occur in the roof, even if you are installing the roof. Be sure to install proper roof and attic ventilation in addition to a premium ice and water roof underlayment, which provides a second layer of protection in cold-weather conditions to prevent ice dams from happening.

Be sure that the deck is completely dry so the moisture doesn't cause wrinkling or buckling of the underlayment before installing your roof, as these moistures can be stored in the ceiling and affect its strength in the long run. This wrinkling can telegraph through the shingles, creating cosmetic and performance concerns.

Where can you get your shingles installed?

If you plan to have roof shingles installed during winter, you should hire a reliable roofing contractor like Universal Contracting of Florida. If you want to have the best deals this winter and a free quotation, you can go to our website at