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4 Common Roofing Styles

Metal Roofs

Metal roofing options are growing in popularity. The industrial look can give your home a modern edge and it’s very sensible to boot. They are most used down south due to their harsh weather and durable roofing needs. In climates where water damages most other roofing materials, metal is a winner. It’s a more expensive choice, but will pay for itself over time. The roof can last you up to 60 years vs. the most popular roofing material, asphalt shingles, that only last 20. Because of its light weight, it will also bear less weight on your home’s foundation and walls.

Asphalt Roofs

Asphalt shingles are the number one choice of homeowners in the U.S. They are the most readily available, affordable, as well as aesthetically pleasing to the eye. There are two categories of asphalt shingles, fiberglass and organic. Fiberglass shingles are less durable than organic, but less expensive and get the job done. As mentioned previously, you can expect a fiberglass asphalt shingled roof to last you approximately 20 years. Organic shingles are made of recycled felt paper. Both these options are coated with a water resistant coating and then sprinkled with ceramic pieces to reflect the sun’s UV rays.

Cedar Shake Roofs

Cedar shake are shingles made of wood coated with a fire resistant coating. It is an expensive option, but can look really beauiful and also help you save money on your energy bills going forward. In fact, you will make back your investment in heating and cooling because of the roof’s ability to insulate. This roofing option is durable and does well in high heat places, as well as in places where mother nature is extremely unpredictable (for example hurricanes, tornadoes, storms, etc). One major downfall is that this roofing option needs special installation, so before you commit to it be sure you find a roofing company with experience in cedar shake roofing that you trust.

Tile Roofs

Tile roof shingles are made of ceramic or slate and come in a variety of colors, but are most commonly purchased in a orange/terracotta hue. They are very durable and can last you 50-100 years or more. They withstand the elements well, specifically the heat of the sun, so they are popular choices in hot climates. This choice can also effect your heating and cool bills in a positive way, due to its good heat resistance.

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Are Metal Roofs Good in Winter?

This massive snowfall in most areas is a good reminder to homeowners the importance of having the ideal roof for the harsh weather during winter. Metal roofing are a great choice for people living in snowy areas as they shed snow loads easily.

Implications of snow to roofing

Though the weight per square cubic foot of lightly packed snow powder is very little, wet snow can weighs over 62 pounds per cubic foot causing many problems. The weight of the snow exerts pressure on the roof making it to bow downwards or sag.

Some home owners may opt to rake the snow off the roof but this is only a short term solution. Raking also causes significant damage to the roof.

Besides snow loads, home owners should also keep an eye on ice dams. Though icicles hanging along the eaves of a house look beautiful, they are a sign of trouble. This is because the same condition that leads to the formation of icicles; freezing weather and snow covered roofs also leads to ice dams, thick build up of ice along the eaves. Ice dams can loosen shingles, tear off gutters and make water to leak into the house.

The best way to prevent snow loads and ice dams on the roof is to install metal roofs.

Benefits of metal roofing

Energy efficient metal roofs beat the conventional roofing materials on a number of different counts:

First, they have a smooth top surface. When the sun shines, heat passes through the snow, heats up the metal and it is reflected back outside. This allows the snow to melt over the entire surface. The ice and snow melts from the bottom creating an opportunity for the snow to be shed faster compared to other roofing materials.

Also, metal roofing is impervious to snow and ice because of its interlocking design and because the surfaces are slippery and hard.

Another benefit is that metal roofs are durable. They last 40-70 years easily shedding snow, sealing out water and surviving high winds throughout their lifetime.

If you are looking for the best roofing this winter, consider installing metal roofs. They are available in different styles to match any home or neighborhood.