Choosing Good Roofing For A Snowy Area

Snow can wreak havoc on a building. If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, the sheer weight of the snow can overwhelm your roof trusses and cause a collapse. As devastating as a collapse can be, it is not the only problem you have to worry about. As snow melts over your house, the melt water will run down over your eaves. Because eaves are not insulated, the melt water will typically freeze when it hits the eaves and cause an ice dam which can cause leaks. Ice dams can create small leaks, or they can cascades of water which cause thousands of dollars worth of ice damage. If you want to avoid the dangers of living in a snowy climate, you need to look into a metal roof. 

The Benefits of a Low-Friction Surface

Asphalt shingles, cedar shakes, and many other common roofing materials have one thing in common: they have a high-friction surface. Friction will keep your snow in place, which allows the snow to build up until it gets dangerously heavy. At this point, you either have to climb up on your roof and try to shovel the snow off or hope for a warm spell. In contrast, a metal roof has a low-friction surface that will allow snow to slide right off of your roof.

Help with Ice Dams

When ice builds up on your eaves, it can stop the flow of water and create a build up of water. Because shingles work as layers of shingles overlap the underlying layer, a build up of shingles can cause a real problem. As water builds up, it can run under the bottom edge of the shingles and then leak down into your house. Thus, you need to avoid any roof surface which does not create a uniform surface to repel water. When you use a metal roof, you will have a continuous panel of metal that will extend from the eaves until the ridge of your roof. This means that even if the snow on your roof doesn't slide off entirely, you still have nothing to worry about with ice dams. 

If you live in a snowy climate, you can't afford not to consider the dangers of snow build-up on your roof. A metal roof will help you to make sure that snow does not cave in your roof and that ice dams don't flood your house.  Contact professionals, such as those from Freedom Roofing, for further assistance.


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