Snow Challenge: Metal Vs. Slate Roofing

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If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, you have to think about what effect the snow will have on your home. The wrong roofing material will allow snow to build up on your roof, which can cause a risk of roof collapse. Furthermore, as snow slowly melts over your roof, you have to worry about ice dams forming on your eaves and causing leaks. While slate is a beautiful and durable roofing material, metal is a better choice for a snowy climate. 

An Analysis of Slate

If you choose hard slate for your home, your roof could last for up to two-hundred years. While this is an impressive number, it does allow for the effects that snow can have on your roof. Slate is one of the heaviest building materials on the market. It is so heavy, in fact, that if you replace the roof on an older home with slate, you might have to build support into the roof structure just to make sure that your roof doesn't collapse under the weight of your roofing. If you must also worry about the weight of snow, you must further reinforce your roof. Such improvements to your home are costly and unnecessary since there are other materials on the market that will work better for a snowy climate. 

An Analysis of Metal

Metal roofing panels will not have the charm of slate roofing, but what they lack in aesthetics, they more than make up for in weather protection. For starters, metal is one of the lightest materials on the market, so you won't have to worry about reinforcing your roof to support the weight of your roof. Furthermore, metal has a naturally low-friction surface that will allow snow to slide right off. Thus, you never have to worry about the threat of collapse that comes as layer after layer of snow builds up on your roof. Neither are ice dams a problem in that a metal roofing panel extends from the eaves to the ridge of your roof, so there is no way for water to back up and run under your roofing. 

If you live in a snowy climate, then you need to pick a roofing material that will protect your home from the threats inherent to the climate. Metal roofing is well suited for snowy conditions, so you should choose it over slate, asphalt, or most other types of roofing. 

To learn more, contact a roofing company like Sky City Roofing

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2 September 2015

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