Modern winter is characterized by frequent thaws, periodic snowmelt, and even rains. In combination with frosts and clogging of drainage channels with snow and ice, conditions arise under which a soft roof works in an extreme mode in winter, which means that its leakage can occur at any time. In case of serious damage, roof repair can become an urgent task that needs to be solved as quickly as possible.
It should be noted right away that the roof repair of a soft roof in winter is not only possible, but in some cases, its implementation will be of better quality due to the lower air humidity and screed. Of course, negative temperatures make their own adjustments to the technological process, therefore, in order to achieve a high-quality and durable repair result, it is necessary to observe the technology of the roof repair of a soft roof.
Features of roof repairs in winter
As a rule, the repair of a bituminous roof in the winter period is not planned in advance, and the need for it arises in an emergency. Frequent thaws with frosts in the presence of cracks in the roofing carpet very quickly destroy its integrity, so there is a need to urgently restore the integrity of the soft roof in winter.
The main factor that affects the ability to perform roof repairs is the ambient temperature and the absence of precipitation. Repair of a soft roof in winter using classical technology is possible if the air temperature does not drop below -20 degrees Celsius. As preparation for work, the repaired area is completely cleared of snow and ice and thoroughly dried.
Drying the roof in winter is done with roof burners. In some cases, an awning can be installed over the repair site, in which case drying before repairing the soft roof in winter can be performed using heat guns.
Features of the restoration of a soft roof in winter on flat roofs on a screed
At low temperatures and the need to restore the screed, it is preferable to use sheet asphalt, which is better in terms of observing the temperature regime of laying sheet roofing material. It is also possible to use a cement-sand screed, to which potash is added in a ratio of 10% to the mass of cement.
If classic roll roofing materials are used for repairs, one should remember about their increased fragility at sub-zero temperatures. Therefore, they should be stored in a warm room and served on the roof immediately before laying, or use insulated containers. Roofing material with polymer plasticizers and additives does not need such a preparatory procedure.
Roof repair in winter is possible both over the existing coating and with its removal. Soft roofs can be installed over existing ones after removing blisters and filling gaps, cracks, and joints. When the restoration of a soft roof in winter is carried out with the removal of the old one, after dismantling, the repair of the roof begins with the restoration of the screed.
As a rule, in winter, the soft roof is repaired only in emergency areas, and if, during the inspection of the roof carpet, other areas are found that require scheduled repair, then the work is planned for a favorable season.
Repair of roofing on a wooden base
On pitched roofs with boarding, OSB, or moisture-resistant plywood, roof repairs in winter are not required so often due to the lack of conditions for prolonged exposure to water, which flows freely down the slope. However, even on such roofs, the soft roof is operated in more difficult conditions in winter, therefore, there may also be a need for emergency repairs.
In this case, the restoration of the integrity of the soft roof is carried out similarly to the warm season and is allowed at temperatures up to -20 degrees Celsius. Repair of the roof in winter is also carried out locally, only in places where a leak occurs by removing the damaged coating, using an element of abutments, and replacing them with new ones according to technology.
How to carry out restoration work on a soft roof in winter?
When in winter the roof of your house, summer house, or other object began to leak unexpectedly, you should order a roof repair as soon as possible. The work should be entrusted to specialists with experience in carrying out such roof repair work since they have certain features in comparison with similar work carried out in the summer.
Please note that restoring the integrity of a soft roof in winter is more expensive due to:
- The need for preliminary preparation of the site, cleaning it from snow and drying;
- The use of more expensive modern materials that allow installation in the cold;
- Application of additional equipment and accessories.
Nevertheless, our prices for repairing bituminous roofs in winter conditions are affordable and competitive in Moscow and the region. The cost of such work, in any case, will be lower than the amount of damage to the building and property in the event that the leak is not promptly eliminated.
How much does it cost to repair a soft roof in winter?
The cost of roof repair depends on a number of parameters, including:
- Damaged area;
- Roof base type and its condition;
- Used brand of roofing materials;
- Features of the work.
The final cost of the work is always calculated according to the estimate before the start of the work. So that you can estimate the approximate costs of roof repair of a soft roof in winter, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the average prices for this type of service.
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