Snow in 49 of 50 States – Why a Metal Roof Makes Sense

This week in the US, 49 of 50 states had snow on the ground.  Winter weather, including freeze and thaw periods as well as snow, can be really tough on your roof.  Unless you choose a high quality metal roof.   That’s because metal roofs are built to last – and they’re designed to shed snow and ice.  You can also add snow guards or heating cables to help to break up large snow and ice chunks to avoid the “avalanche” effect.

Snow blankets US

Even in areas that don’t typically see snow (yep, Florida, we’re talking to you), a metal roof is a wise choice.    Metal roofs keep houses warm in the winter and cool in the summer, which helps to save on energy costs.  And they stand up to the extreme weather that does impact Florida – high winds and coastal storms.

Learn more about the benefits of quality metal roofing on our website.  You can even test drive a metal roof to see how it would look on your house.

Naughty or Nice? Make Sure Your Roof is Ready for Santa

Your home’s roof takes a beating throughout the year.  Wind, rain, snow, sleet and leaves all take their toll.  Then, Christmas rolls around and a jolly old elf wants to park up there.

What’s a nice homeowner to do?  Invest in a quality metal roof, of course!  You’ll never have to worry about re-roofing again or the occasional sled landing.

Quality Metal Roofing

For more information on durable, eco-friendly, energy efficient metal roofing, visit our website: www.MetalRoofing.com

 

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Early Snows Surprise Many: How Metal Roofs Perform in Winter

The early winter storms experienced by much of the Northeast this past weekend remind us all, that like it or not…Mother Nature is in charge!  As of November 21, 2016 , Leader, Minnesota has 24 inches, Buffalo, New York 20-25 inches and Boston is reporting 15-20 inches of snow.  And it’s still snowing in many areas. 

Snow on a metal roof

This winter surprise is a good reminder to all homeowners to make sure their roof is ready for winter’s harsh weather.  Energy-efficient metal roofing is a great choice for snowy areas, as they easily shed snow loads.

Most metal roofs have a fairly smooth top surface.  When the sun shines, heat from the sun passes through the snow, hits the metal, and is reflected back outside.  The sun heats up the metal roof allowing the snow to melt over the entire roof surface.  The snow and ice will melt from the bottom creating the opportunity for the snow and ice to shed more quickly than other roofing materials.

Although lightly packed powder snow weighs very little per square cubic foot, slushy, wet snow can weigh over 62 pounds per square foot.  It is this heavy wet snow that causes so many problems.  The presence of snow and ice on a roof exerts vertical loads that can cause a roof to sag or bow downward.

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Some homeowners choose to rake the snow and ice off their roofs.  While it may solve the problem in the short term, chances are good that this will cause significant damage to a roof.  “If you rake an asphalt shingle roof, chances are you’ll take some shingles off along with the snow and ice,” states Dick Bus, president of the Metal Roofing Alliance.   “One easy way to avoid heavy snow loads and ice dams is to consider installing a metal roof.”

In addition to heavy snow loads, homeowners need to keep an eye out for ice dams.   Icicles hanging along the eaves of your house may look beautiful, but they spell trouble. That’s because the same conditions that allow icicles to form—snow-covered roofs and freezing weather—also lead to ice dams: thick ridges of solid ice that build up along the eaves. Dams can tear off gutters, loosen shingles, and cause water to back up and pour into your house.

Icicles On Roof

A homeowner who doesn’t have a properly insulated attic could be faced with an ice dam upstairs. Heat from the attic melts snow on the roof, and the melted water pools and gets in the house.

If you’re looking to replace your roof, consider installing a metal roof.  Find a quality metal roofing contractor here on our website.

Five Things You Need to Know About Metal Roofing

The demand for sustainable, eco-friendly and energy efficient home improvement materials continues to grow in North America. According to a new study conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics, the residential metal roofing industry saw a big jump in market share last year, moving from approximately 8% in 2014 to 11% in 2015.

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A new range of products designed for use on homes, with the added benefit of extreme durability, have resulted in continued growth for metal roofing in the residential market.

Country Manor Shake by Classic Metal Roof

“Metal is the perfect choice for homeowners who don’t want to think about their roof. For most families, a metal roof is a one-and-done purchase that provides years of eco-friendly, energy efficient protection,” says Bill Hippard, executive director of the Metal Roofing Alliance.

Five Things You Need to Know About Metal Roofing

  • Today’s metal roofs offer a variety of styles and colors to match any style of home, and can fit into any community. Metal roofing is available in traditional vertical seam profiles or can be manufactured to resemble wood shake, slate, shingles or clay tiles.
  • A metal roof is designed to withstand decades of abuse from all weather conditions including rain, hail, wildfires, and high winds. They also offer long term warranties, providing additional peace of mind.
  • Metal roofs featuring highly reflective coatings provide year-round relief from high energy costs. Many “cool” roofs even have Energy Star ratings that qualify homeowners for tax credits.
  • Metal roofs are NOT noisy in the rain. A properly installed investment grade metal roof has the same insulation and decking as any modern roof.
  • Metal roofs are environmentally friendly. Most metal roofs contain more than 25 percent recycled materials. At the end of its long life, metal roofing is also 100 percent recyclable. Traditional roofing products, such as asphalt, contribute 13 billion pounds of waste to U.S. landfills annually. Many metal roofs can also be installed over an existing roof, without tear-off and disposal.

To learn more about roofing, and see how your home would look with a new metal roof, check out the Metal Roofing Alliance website: http://www.metalroofing.com.