Can your roof handle heavy snow loads? Especially in hard-hit areas such as Boston, there are numerous reports of snow causing roof collapse. Here's an informative graphic from FEMA to explain how snow can impact your roof:
A metal roof easily sheds snow, making it the perfect solution in areas with significant annual snowfall.
To learn more about installing an energy-efficient, snow-smart metal roof, visit the non-profit Metal Roofing Alliance.
As homeowners across North America brace for winter storms, many wonder if the snow and ice can create problems not just for driving, but also for their home. In fact, a buildup of snow and ice on a roof can exert vertical loads on a roof that can cause a roof to sag, or even fail. Although lightly packed powder snow weighs very little, slushy, wet snow can weigh over 62 pounds per square foot.
Even worse, an ice dam can form on the edge of a roof, preventing melted snow from draining off the roof. In some cases, the water backs up behind the dam, and leaks into the home, causing wall, ceiling and insulation damage.
Some homeowners resort to raking snow and ice off their roofs. While raking may provide a short-term solution, it can also create long term problems, such as removal of shingles or damage to the roof deck, leading to leaks.
Want to eliminate worries about snow and ice on your home? Install a metal roof – they’re perfect for cold weather climates!
By design, metal roofs shed snow quicker than most roofing materials. When the sun shines, its heat passes through the snow, hits the metal, and is reflected back. Just like snow melting on the hood of a car, the sun heats up a metal roof, allowing snow to melt over the entire roof surface. As the ice and snow melt from the bottom on a metal roof, there is an increased rate of shedding.
Is your roof Reindeer-Ready? While Santa and his elves are finishing up toy making and
preparing to pack the sled, there is an important job homeowners have to do to
prepare for the upcoming Christmas holiday -- make sure their roof can handle the load.
Turns out reindeer aren't as "tiny" as the classic
story suggests. The average adult
reindeer weighs at least 250 pounds.
Multiply that by eight (or nine, if you include the shiny-nosed
variety), and your roof could have a ton of extra weight to support this
Christmas, not including Santa and the presents.
If you want to be sure your roof is ready for everything
winter has in store, including reindeer, the non-profit Metal Roofing Alliance suggests the following roof review, which can be done without a ladder:
with asphalt shingles, look for black areas indicating cracking shingles.
with shake or shingles, look for pieces that are curled upward, split,
broken off or missing.
with slate roofs, look for black areas that indicate slate is missing.
heavy wear around the valleys, the areas where water runs off the roof
into the gutters.
Look at the
materials around the chimney and vent pipes and check for cracks, gaps and
missing or fractured caulking.
overhangs for water damage.
binoculars to check around the chimney, trim and other flashings for signs
of cracks, shingles that are coming up off the roof and general wear.
interior inspection for stained or discolored ceilings, which most likely
indicates roof problems.
"If your roof's not quite ready for the
threat of harsh weather and holiday landings, you may want to consider
installing a durable metal roof," said Bill Hippard, president of the
Metal Roofing Alliance "Most metal roofing is installed directly over the existing roof,
reducing installation time, and clean-up. Additionally, metal roofs have long-term
warranties and provide an eco-friendly, sustainable solution."
Residential metal roofing now comes in a wide
variety of styles and colors, ranging from traditional standing seam to shake,
slate and tile. For more information, or
to find a local metal roofing contractor, homeowners can visit
Considering a new roof? Wonder how your house would look with a different style of roof? With the Metal Roofing Alliance's new free roofing tool, called "My New Metal Roof", homeowners can now see a variety of roofing styles on their home with the click of a mouse.
The easy to use application, available at www.MetalRoofing.com, homeowners can easily upload a photo of their home, or use a set of sample houses, to "try on" a variety of roofing styles.
Metal roofing comes in a wide variety of styles and colors, so this new tool is the perfect way to experiment before choosing your favorite look. You can even save the photos or share them with friends to get a second opinion.