When it comes to winter, many enjoy the picturesque images of falling snow. When it comes to being a homeowner, one concern is when winter weather becomes less pleasant. Sleet, ice, and heavy storms can all wreak havoc on your roof. While snow and ice are a common enemy to most roofs, residential metal roofs provide much better protection from winter weather.
Despite this, many homeowners with metal roofs have questions when it comes to how metal roofs hold up to harsh winter weather. Here are a few FAQ’s about metal roofing in winter.
Will Metal Roofs Keep My Home Warm?
A properly designed and installed metal roofing system can go a long way in stopping fluctuations in temperatures between the attic and outdoor air. This helps reduce condensation build-up in the attic, which in turn impacts your attics insulation value.
Can Snow and Ice Pile Up On My Roof?
Residential metal roofs are specifically designed to keep the elements from damaging your home. Snow and ice will slide right off a metal roof. This makes metal roofs far superior to more commonly used shingle systems. Because the snow and ice slide off, you do not have to worry about ice dams forming. This will protect you from the extensive damage ice dams can cause to the outside and inside of your home.
When Snow and Ice Slide Off, Can Damage Be Caused To Areas Below?
The short answer is yes, but this can be easily prevented. You can install on your metal roof one of two things. Snow guards and heating cables will both eliminate the risk of sliding ice and snow, causing below roof damage. You can also combat this by having heat sources below your roof in an attic area that will keep the roof warm and melt any accumulation quicker. There are also custom metal roofing options tailored specifically for your roof that can help.
If My Roof Needs Replaced in the Middle of Winter, What Can I Do?
First, don’t panic. You may be surprised to know that mid-winter metal roof installations are not that uncommon. One major snowfall can be a disaster for other roofing types, meaning many homeowners turn to metal roofs during this time of year. If you need a new roof in the winter, metal roofing is the way to go.
Can Metal Roofs Rust During the Winter?
Yes and no. A poorly installed metal roof can rust. If two different metals touch, they can indeed rust. A qualified metal roofing contractor will know the best materials to use and will utilize best practices to ensure your new metal roof is installed properly.
Want to learn more about metal roofing and how it might be the right choice for you? Contact Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc., and let’s talk.