When you live in an area that has cold winters, you need to winterize your home to keep you warm throughout the cold season. When winterizing your home, one important area is the roof. If your roof doesn't keep out the elements during winter, you'll need to work harder and pay more to keep your home warm. Metal roofing is a great choice for homes in areas with cold winters.
If you plan to replace your roof soon, or you are building a new home, a metal roof can be a good option. Metal roofs offer several benefits for homes in cold climates.
Metal roofs can withstand harsh winter weather
Winter is rife with harsh weather types like hail, snow, and storms. All these types of weather can cause damage to a roof. For instance, hailstones can damage an asphalt shingle roof, leaving it full of holes and knocking off the protective layer of granules on the shingles. A metal roof will withstand wind, hail, and heavy rain throughout a long winter. If snow does accumulate on a metal roof, its strength can withstand the weight.
Metal roofs won't degrade because of moisture
Some roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles can break down over time when exposed to moisture. During the winter, when snow and ice might build up on your roof, moisture may be an ever-present problem. A metal roof has a protective layer of paint that helps to prolong its life and protect it against moisture and harsh UV light.
Metal roofs can prevent snow accumulation
One of the problems with roofing materials like asphalt shingles or terracotta tiles is that those materials have a rough surface, which encourage snow accumulation. Metal roofs on the other hand, are smooth, which means that snow will slide off them in most cases. One common misconception about metal roofing is that it can make your home cooler in the winter, not warmer. However, roofers know that as long as there is sufficient space between a metal roof and the roof deck below, which creates a layer of insulating air, a metal roof won't transfer cold or hot temperatures into your home.
If you live in an area that has cold winters every year, then you need a durable roofing material like metal to keep out the cold weather for many years to come. Learn more about your metal roofing options today.