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Powerblanket Roofer Hot Boxes Redefine Winter Roofing

Powerblanket Roofer Hot Boxes
October 12, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

By Powerblanket.

With the lack of warm temperatures needed for proper installation, winter is not an ideal time for roofing activity. So what do you do when faced with crucial repairs and roof damage during those colder months? 

Most roofing materials use adhesives that require warm temperatures to properly cure and fasten, without which the failure of the roof would be imminent. Summer heat allows for proper adhesion of these roofing materials including asphalt shingle, EPDM membrane, peel and stick roofing, and modified bitumen. The challenges that arise when warm temperatures are not present lead to added labor and increased expenses for winter roofing.

The ideal temperature range to install asphalt shingles is between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (21 and 27 degrees Celsius). Colder than 70 degrees and the adhesive will not reach the ideal elasticity and will not create a perfect seal. When temperatures are warmer than 80 degrees, asphalt shingles can become overly pliable and are susceptible to damage during installation.

If winter installation is unavoidable, most asphalt shingle manufacturers require that a specialized adhesive is manually applied to each shingle for temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius). If shingles are applied below 40 degrees without the specialized adhesive, you run the risk of voiding the warranty.

EPDM = EPDM (rubber) membrane roofing is even more temperature sensitive than asphalt (composition) shingles. EPDM is joined together using an extensive amount of adhesive, and the adhesive must have high temperatures to be pliable enough to install and cure. Very thick and hard to work with even at high temperatures, manufacturers recommend temperatures be above 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius) for installation. That recommended temperature is not very practical unless you have a warm storage area available to keep the adhesive warm until the moment it is used.

     

Powerblanket Roofer Hot Boxes

While winter roofing is not ideal, Powerblanket makes it much easier than it has been in the past. Powerblanket has a solution for your winter roofing needs. The Powerblanket Roofer Hot Box will maintain the desired temperature of your shingles and/or adhesive on site, making the winter install much easier.

Inside Powerblanket Roofer Hot Boxes

Powerblanket Pallet Heater Hot Boxes saves money by keeping products from freezing without the risk of overheating. The Hot Box heater is easily assembled, taken apart, and reassembled. Hot boxes are ideal for cold weather storage, freeze protection, job site heating, transporting, remote location use, and winter roofing. Standard Roofer Hot Boxes hold products between 100°F and 120°F (38°C and 49°C).

Powerblanket Roofer Hot Box Heaters:

  • Preserve temperature sensitive material without scorching or burning

  • Heat materials and pallet products: adhesives, shingles, roofing tar, paint, caulk, and epoxies, etc.

  • Maintains an internal temperature as high as 120°F ± 10°F

  • Assemble quickly and easily.

  • Features front access door

  • Uses an internal robust steel frame

  • Custom sizes available upon request

  • Heated Dimensions = 64 cubic feet – 4’ x 4’ x 4’

  • Includes an internal fixed thermostat for hassle-free heating

  • ETL certified to UL and CSA safety standards.

Learn more about Powerblanket in their RoofersCoffeeShop® Directory.

Original article source: Powerblanket



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