Spotting Roof Trouble Early

Spotting Roof Trouble Early

What Kinds of Roofs Withstand Snow the Best?

by William Gerard

Even if snow looks beautiful on the ground and on tree branches, it does cause some hardships. This is especially true when you live in an area that receives regular, heavy snowfall in the winter. You need to be particularly aware of how snow can affect your roof. If you need a new roof soon, choose a roofing material that can withstand heavy snow. The following are three top options.

Architectural Shingles

While ordinary, 3-tab shingles offer average protection in a snowy climate, architectural shingles are above average. These shingles have unevenly sized, non-uniform tabs, which makes snow less likely to build up on them in excess. They also tend to be thicker than 3-tab shingles, which makes them less likely to peel off the roof if a little snow or ice works its way under a corner or edge. Architectural shingles are generally the most affordable of the three roof materials described here, and they have a very versatile look that works well on most homes.

Standing Seam Metal Roofing

There are a few styles of metal roofing, but one that works particularly well in snowy areas is standing seam metal roofing. As the name suggests, the panels of these metal roofs are connected via raised seams. This way, if snow settles on the roof, it will generally stay below the level of the seams. This helps minimize the potential for leaks. Snow also tends to slide right off the roof since the metal roof is slippery. Standing seam metal roofing is very long-lasting, and it's relatively affordable considering its lifespan. However, it has a modern and sleek look that not everyone likes.

Concrete Tile Roofing

Concrete tile roofing is really common in hot, coastal areas, but it can work really well in snowy areas, too. While concrete tile is the most expensive of the roofing options discussed here, it is also incredibly tough. It won't get pried off the roof by ice. High winds from blizzards won't bother it, either. There are also many colors and styles of tile, so you can pick one that coordinates with your home's current appearance. 

When your area receives a lot of snowfall, you need to take that into account when picking a roof. Architectural shingles, standing seam metal roofing, and concrete tiles are all good choices. Consider your budget and the appearance of your home as you decide which option you prefer for your residential roofing system.


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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!