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Question DetailsAsked on 3/31/2018

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Is it better to remove a skylight and patch my roof while it’s still cool or better to wait for summer?

Our skylight is on a low pitch roof and has leaked on us a few times so we have decided to remove it. The contractor who has quoted on it, is telling us we need to do the work right away before it gets too warm outside as there will be less damage to the roof and existing shingles. Doesn’t it make more sense to wait for it to be warm so they are less brittle? We are in eastern Canada, so temps are still pretty cool here.

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Obviously, if reroofing then just remove it and fill in the sheathing gap during roof tearoff phase of the reroof.


If just removing the skylight, I agree - doing it during very hot/intense sun conditions just begs for roofing damage (assuming asphalt shingles) because there is going to be some shingle scuffing by toes while working. Though that issue can be significantly alleviated (on low slope roofs) by just spreading out a heavy canvas (NOT plastic) tarp or painters throw drape to minimize scuffing. But I would be leery of doing it (assuming not an emergency job) over about 85-90 degree air temp or during the most intense solar heating period of the day. Of course, scheduling the work to the cool part of the day or starting in early morning before the sun gets on it should take care of that - because removal and roofing over is likely only about a 4 manhour job or so, so with a 2 man crew just a couple of hours work should get it done.


And of course ditto to doing it below about 45 degrees, when working on the roof risks cracking shingles or cracking out along nails/staples.

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