Can Your Roof Wait Out The Winter?

Installing a shingle roof in the winter can raise many questions.

We are often asked, “Is it okay to install roof shingles and accessories in the winter?” Homeowners often wonder “Will the shingles seal down properly?”   As a professional roofing company, we have personal guidelines that we adhere to when cold weather installation is necessary.

While immediate seal down is most likely not going to occur in these colder temperatures, shingles will eventually seal down completely. Direct sunlight on a new shingle roof is required to ensure proper adhesion.  Most asphalt shingles are manufactured with a thermally activated asphaltic sealant, which bonds the shingles together once applied to the roof and exposed to a few weeks of sufficient heat from sunlight.   It should be noted however, that the north slopes may require summer heat to seal down since the sunlight will not directly reach the roof surface.

If colder weather application is necessary, ambient temperatures above 40 degrees are preferable.   Asphalt shingles tend to become less flexible in cold weather and will be inclined to keep the shape of the surface where they have been stacked.   Precautions will need to be taken when handling the shingles as well as nailing them.   The roofing crew will want to ensure the shingles are flat, as a nail could potentially break through the surface and decrease wind resistance resulting in a blow off.  Pneumatic air pressure adjustments may also be needed.

Additionally, woven and closed cut valleys as well as the ridge cap shingles will necessitate special attention as those areas require shingles to be bent. Bending shingles in the colder temperatures could result in shingle damage.  Breakage can be minimized by storing the shingles in a warm area such as the garage prior to application.

Potential safety hazards for the roofing crew need to be taken into consideration as well. Slippery weather conditions lead to ice on the ladder rungs as well as the roof itself and pose a considerable hazard to the roofing crew.   Installation during slightly warmer months will result in a safer working environment, decreased fatigue and higher crew production.

Can the installation of your new roof wait? In most situations the answer is yes, roof replacement can wait until late winter, knowing spring and sufficient heat from sunlight are just a few weeks away.

Library: Children’s Room


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I have always had a great fondness for books. I could easily lose an entire afternoon in a Barnes and Noble slowly wandering through each section browsing the titles.  Over the years I have tried to instill a love of the written word in my children by frequent trips to the local public libraries.   There have been hot summer days where I shoved the entire contents of my desk into a bag and set up shop in the library while the kids explored all that the library has to offer.

Recently an opportunity presented itself to The Professional to work with a local library as they revamp their beloved Children’s Room.  To say that I was excited about this might be an understatement.    To have my hands on the written drawings and plans for the future Children’s Room was glorious.

For The Professional this is all in a day’s work.  For the girl in love with the library this is dreamy!

Here are a couple of before shots of the Children’s Room.

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The library project is schedule to conclude late next month for a grand opening just in time for the Summer, 2014.  The kids (and maybe a parent or two) are going to love the awesomeness coming to the Children’s Room!

Morning Shower

Does your morning shower take forever to heat up?

If you answered “yes!” I have some advice for you!

A hot water recirculation pump would be a great weekend DIY project. It will circulate hot water to a mixing valve installed using your cold water supply side.   

The pump is easily mounted on the supply side of the hot water heater, 120v power will need to be supplied for the pump.

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The mix valve is then installed in the cabinet.

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The timer can be set for anticipated hot water demand periods and set to “off” when you leave for vacation.

The cost for this DIY home improvement is around $275.00.

Fresh Ideas & Helpful Homeowner TIPs. Yeah…We Nailed It!

My husband John started LJS Home Improvement Contractors in 1995. At the time he was working a full time job as a facilities maintenance technician for a local bank. He would work evenings & weekends and scheduled vacations from his full time job when bigger projects presented themselves. Several bank mergers and a lot of discussion later we decided that John would pursue LJS full time in 1998.

LJS has grown over the years and diversified it’s services in response to the economy as well as to meet the changing needs of the industry. We now specialize in roofing, water damage restoration, interior and exterior remodeling as well as new construction.

A year ago I joined John full time at LJS to handle the administrative end of things. I have always felt like an ‘average home owner’ standing next to a home improvement professional. I continue to be surprised at the things that are common sense to John with respect to home ownership, but are things I would never think of on my own.

Through this blog I hope to be able to share some of his ‘everybody knows that’ nuggets because I, for one, know that ‘not everybody knows that!’

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