Which Roofing Material is Best For Snow?

When buying a new home or renovating an existing one, it’s important to know how well your roof will stand up to the snow in your area.

Many times snow can creep up, making incredible stress or damage to your home. Having it properly fitted with the right materials is very important.

Taking time to get to know what is available can lead you to get the best options for your home’s roofing. Snow drops the temperature of the materials while also incorporating moisture and increasing the weight load that occurs on the household.

metal roofing is the best option for snow

Roofing Materials and How They Hold Up in the Snow

  • Asphalt is one of the most common and low cost options used for rooftops. It’s durable and lightweight, but its lifespan can be shortened in areas that experience a lot of snow.
  • Wooden shingles are a popular option that looks great when completed. Since they weather and retain moisture they’re unfortunately prone to cracking during freezing temperatures. Once a wooden shingles cracks, a replacement will need to be installed in its place.
  • Clay tiles are some of the longest lasting options available. Rapid temperature changes can cause them to crack, resulting in early replacement. They’re also very heavy on the roof, which could eventually cause sagging if the sheathing and roofing structure underneath has been compromised by water damage.
  • Metal sheeting is one of the lightest and most durable options available. Snow can easily be removed. If the roof (or a section of it) ever needs replacement, it can easily be done by removing the panel and replacing it with a new one within the groove.

Considering Lifespan of Your Roof Materials

Each roofing material has its own lifespan. Some can last for 15 years, while others can last for over 50 years.

However, one thing remains the same — no roof will last if the proper maintenance isn’t performed. On top of this, those who live in areas with excessive snowfall will usually see a decrease in roof lifespan.

With the average lifespan of a metal roof ranging from 30 to 50 plus years, along with the ease of snow removal, this is usually the best option for homes and businesses living in snowy areas.

We’re looking at you New York!


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