Friendswood Roofing: Article About Roofing Rainy Day Protocols
Although homeowners and contractors try to schedule a clear working time frame for a roof installation, the weather can still be unpredictable. Because the roof is the one barrier to moisture damage in the property's interior, contractors must be observant of daily weather patterns. If rain is imminent, there are certain protocols Friendswood roofing professionals follow to protect the structure and overall project.
Before workers even arrive at the job site, the project supervisor will verify the daily weather. If forecasters are calling for a 30 percent chance of rain or more, contractors usually contact the homeowner to discuss rescheduling options. This high chance of rain isn't worth sending all the workers to a site for a few minutes of productive work. Installers can get more work done on a day with only a 10 percent chance of rain.
Once a roof project is underway, it becomes vulnerable to moisture infiltration. Even if sunny skies are forecasted, roofers will cover all exposed roof areas each night. Dew, fog and other moisture-driven weather phenomena can still damage roof decks even with a waterproof membrane installed the previous day. When workers arrive in the morning, they remove these tarps to work normally for the day.
The new roofing materials are naturally immune to water damage from any rainstorms.
Roofers from Brinkmann Quality roofing Services of Friendswood can answer questions about slate roofs or gutters and downspouts.
However, some questionable contractors may stack shingles on a roof and leave them there over several days. If high winds persist overnight, those shingles could be knocked to the ground. Reputable contractors make sure all materials are on the ground and secured overnight. There's no concern about items falling off the roof and harming residents or property.
Even with the best forecasting, rain can suddenly occur during installation hours. To combat this possibility, roofers only remove sections of roofs they are currently working on. They do not remove all the old shingles and underlayment at one time, exposing the roof deck to possible water damage in a sudden rainstorm. These sections are actively worked on, but if rain occurs, roofers can quickly cover the area with tarps to prevent any damage.
To avoid most weather issues, homeowners can schedule a roof installation for late spring, summer or early fall. These time periods tend to be the driest for most areas, but local forecasting is critical. Be patient with contractors if rain does surprise the workers. The job will be completed as soon as it's feasible to do so.