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Rubber roof in winter -- help with installation

Ok..I have a deck over conditioned space on my project. I was hoping for a warm enough day to install the roof but we haven't had the weather break and I fear it won't happen until spring. The roof is 1/12 and 3/4" plywood and all new and there is a roof above the deck that is currently supported by long 2x4's to the earth. Do you think a tarp over the structure while setting the posts on top of the tarp to support the roof will make it through the winter? Any help is greatly appreciated.


Asked by Geoffrey Cook
Posted Mon, 12/02/2013 - 12:08
Edited Mon, 12/02/2013 - 12:55


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The answer depends on where you live. If you live in a dry climate where there is almost no precipitation during the winter, you'll probably be fine. If you live in a damp climate with rain and snow, you will have water indoors.

It's probably time to call up a roofing contractor who has experience installing roofing in cold temperatures.

Answered by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor
Posted Mon, 12/02/2013 - 16:26
Edited Tue, 12/03/2013 - 05:38.

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I think I would worry about wind as much as rain in these circumstances. Will the roof be held down adequately if you get a proper storm? We had one get lifted up just enough locally, to come off the temporary supports like yours, and the subsequent collapse was spectacular.

Regards, Tony.

Answered by Anthony Ratliffe
Posted Mon, 12/02/2013 - 21:15

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I'm in's not a large roof (6x14) and it would take quite a bit to upheave it...that said I'm going to call a contractor tomorrow to get their advice as well. I was thinking of two tarps hanging a few feet below the edges and attached well...running up the wall line under the roof area as well. I don't plan on finishing the room below it completely until spring so if it got a little wet it wouldn't be a big deal as there would be no drywall and it would have an opportunity to dry out.

Answered by Geoffrey Cook
Posted Tue, 12/03/2013 - 02:20

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