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Why Rain Can Be Problematic for a Roofing Project

It’s common knowledge that moisture can create a host of problems for your roofing system. With that in mind, should you be worried if it starts to rain during your roofing project? The short answer is no, if you hired a professional residential roofing contractor. Any professional contractor worth their salt wouldn’t start a roofing project if there’s rainy weather in the forecast. 

However, the weather is unpredictable, which is why you can never rule out the possibility of sudden rainstorms. In the event a rainstorm hits your area while your roofer is installing your new roof, it’s standard practice for contractors to cover the exposed roof sheathing with a tarp and wait for the weather to clear up. 

How Moisture Can Affect the Installation of Your New Roof 

What about light rain showers? What’s the worst that can happen if a roofer continues working during a drizzle? Quite a few issues can arise. For one thing, your new shingle roof might be installed properly. Shingles won’t adhere to a wet surface. Most of your roof’s underlayers—roof decking, barriers, OSB boards and felt—are also vulnerable to moisture damage. And there’s also the issue of mold and mildew, which thrive in damp environments that can be created underneath your roof if moisture is trapped.

Why You Should Always Vet a Prospective Contractor 

The good news is you shouldn’t worry too much about such issues arising if you’re working with a professional roofing contractor. Slippery surfaces pose a significant safety risk, after all. As such, it’s only common sense that roofers avoid working during inclement weather. 

Still looking for a contractor? Here’s a vetting tip: The number of years a contractor has been working in the industry should give you a good idea of their level of expertise. 

All American Roofing, a company with nearly four decades of experience, offers a wide range of professional roofing services, including residential and commercial roofing services. To request a free consultation, call us at (918) 583-0100, (405) 787-0400 or (888) 786-0400. You can also fill out this form to get started. We serve homeowners in Oklahoma City, OK, and the surrounding communities.