Spotting Roof Trouble Early

Spotting Roof Trouble Early

The 3 Best Roofing Materials For Cold And Wet Climates

by William Gerard

When you are looking to renovate your roof, there are many different materials you have to choose from. However, you need to consider your local climate and weather conditions to be sure you are choosing the right materials. Here are some of the best roofing materials for cold and wet climates, from rain to snow and ice.

Slate Tile

One of the best roofing materials you can get is slate tile. Slate tile is manufactured from natural stone, which makes it very hard and durable. It can last a long time without cracking and getting damage from ice and snow. It holds up very well in even the coldest of climates. If you frequently get sub-zero temperatures, slate tile will not contract and expand like some other roofing materials. It also doesn't experience rot, mildew, or rust due to heavy and frequent rains. However, because it is such a heavy material, you might need to add reinforcements to your roofing structure before having it installed. It should be considered an investment since while it lasts a long time, it also costs a bit more than other roofing materials.

Metal Shingles and Panes

Metal roofs also tend to be good for colder climates and areas with a lot of hail, rain, snow, and ice. With a metal roof, much of the snow and ice is going to slide off, which helps reduce your risk of ice dams forming. The metal is also very durable, so it can handle the extra weight of the snow and hailstorms. While it isn't impenetrable, it tends to handle more hail without damage than asphalt and wood roofs. While it can rust if it isn't taken care of properly, metal doesn't experience mold and mildew from excess rain like wood can.

Cement Tiles

While slate tiles are often better for colder climates, they can be a little pricey. Cement tiles are the next best thing for your roof. Cement can handle nearly all extreme weather conditions, from snow and hail, to heavy rainstorms, heavy winds, and even extreme heat. Like slate, the cement tiles are heavy, so you need to make sure your roofing structure can handle the extra weight. These might be a little more difficult to install than other roofing materials, so make sure you have a professional roofing contractor install them for you.

Your roofers can give you additional recommendations when you are looking for the best material for your local climate.


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Spotting Roof Trouble Early

Do you know how to tell if you have problems with your flashing, loose shingles, or damaged tar pitch? Well, I didn't either until I experienced some of those issues on my own. One day, I realized that my roof was leaking and that I needed to find a solution fast. After contacting a professional roofing company, they were able to solve my troubles and teach me the signs of trouble. I want you to avoid the same types of hassles, which is why my blog is filled to the brim with information about roofing and home ownership. You never know, these tips could really come in handy!