How Will Your Roofing Company Handle Rain?

Your home's roof is meant to keep the rain out. As such, you might have a few concerns regarding the possibility of rain while roofers are working on your home. Will the rain get in with the old roof off? Can the roofers even work if it's raining outside? How does this all work? Take a look.

If rain is expected, roofing companies will reschedule.

Roofers obviously prefer not to work in the rain. It's hard to keep the underlayment (the wood that underlays shingles) dry if it is rainy, and walking on a wet roof is quite dangerous. As such, your roofing company will probably want to reschedule your installation if rain is expected. Many roofing companies, when they schedule your service, will schedule a pre-planned rain date in case this happens. If your roofing company does not schedule a rain date automatically, you can always ask them to do this if it makes you feel more comfortable.

When surprise rain comes, roofers use tarps to protect the roof.

The thing about weather forecasts is that they are never 100 percent correct. There are times when there is no rain in the forecast, but a surprise shower rolls in. Good roofing companies are prepared for this. As soon as they see the clouds coming, they will cover any areas that aren't shingled with tarps. The tarps will be attached in such a way as to prevent the rain from seeping beneath them. 

Something to keep in mind is that after a surprise rainfall, roofers cannot go back to work immediately. They need to wait for the shingles to dry and for the tarp to dry. Don't be surprised if, after it rains, your roofers go home for the day, let the rain pass, and come back the next day when everything is dry.

Protocols have to be followed to maintain warranties.

When your roofers resume working on a roof after some rain, they may have to remove any materials that got wet, use fans to dry off underlayment, or take other protocols. This can take a while, but it's often necessary to uphold the warranty on your shingles. Shingles that are installed over moist surfaces are prone to rot and mold, so the warranty won't hold up. Be patient with your roofing company as they are just doing what's needed to give you a great roof in spite of the weather.

Now that you know a little more about what roofers do in the rain, you're ready to get a roof put on your house. If you have any additional concerns, reach out to a residential roofing company.