If you live in a cold climate – or you experience cold temperatures during the winter months – then you need to consider cold weather roofing that can withstand the low temperatures, along with potential ice and snowstorms. Fortunately, there are many options available to fit your style and budget.
Roofing in Cold Weather: Preferred Roofing Materials
Asphalt is an extremely popular, commonly found roofing material that is both affordable and durable. Well-suited for cold weather climates, asphalt is a cold-weather roofing material that you may wish to consider. The styles and options are endless. Not only can you decide if you want 3-tab or architectural shingles – where architectural offers a more dimensional look. But you can also choose from a wide array of colors that perfectly match your home’s siding, bricks, stucco, etc. Although architectural shingles tend to be a bit more expensive than a 3-tab style. Asphalt (regardless of style) is still one of the most cost-effective materials on the market today.
Metal is an excellent material for cold weather roofing, thanks to its ability to remain durable, even after exposure to repeated snow and ice storms. Metal roofs are extremely long-lasting, too, and can last up to 80 years. Plus, if you love the clean, sleek look of metal, this type of roof can enhance the curb appeal and modernize the aesthetic of any exterior.
Concrete and Clay Tiles
Concrete and clay tiles are sturdy yet heavy, so be sure your home can withstand the added weight from these long-lasting roofing tiles. Concrete is an excellent material for roofing in cold weather, due to its ability to stand up to cold temperatures. However, you will need to consider the freeze-thaw cycle. So make sure the specific concrete or clay used for your roof has been proven to withstand those cycles (bobvila.com). Because not all tiles are created equal, this is an area where you will want to include a knowledgeable company to help you select a tile that won’t crack or break down under harsh cold weather conditions.
Eco-Friendly Solar Roofs
While green roofs and cool roofs are popular and are environmentally friendly styles that are well-suited for warmer climates, a solar roof is a terrific option for cold weather roofing. Even in cold areas like Toronto and Vancouver, solar roofs “performed better than both green roofs and cool roofs in the area” (modernize.com).
While those committed to doing their part for the environment may love the sound of a solar roof. There is one drawback: price. The cost per square foot for a solar roof runs anywhere from $21 – $25 (installed), compared with asphalt shingles, which run from $3.50 – $5.50 per square foot. However, if you have the ability to finance it, this can be an excellent choice that is eco-friendly as well.
When Cold Weather Hits
Once you have a top-quality roof installed that is appropriate for cold climates, it is still important to stay on top of upkeep and maintenance, so that you can get the most life out of your roof, with minimal repairs.
Here are some simple ways to preserve your cold-weather roofing:
1. Be proactive
Before the temperatures drop, and before the first frost, take time to assess any roofing needs you may currently have. Not only will this preventive measure allow you to fix any issues before the problem becomes bigger. But warmer temperatures are also the ideal time for roof repair and replacement. While it is possible to fix or replace a roof in cold weather, some materials are not meant to be installed below a certain temperature.
2. Make sure that snow and ice are cleared from your roof
Snow rakes can make this task simple and easy. Likewise, you can prevent a potentially dangerous situation by knocking down any long, pointy icicles. That can quickly turn into sharp objects that could harm an unsuspecting person below the icicle if it breaks free from your roof.
3. Be on the lookout for ice dams
If you notice ice near the edge of your roof that isn’t melting or sliding off – or if melting snow and ice is refreezing in your gutter, beware. Over time, it becomes more difficult or impossible for snow and ice to slide off the roof – resulting in damaging moisture to your home’s siding and foundation (coldwellbanker.com), as well as damaging your home’s interior.
4. Pay attention to any potential leaks or moisture creeping into your home
Leaks and moisture are red flags, no matter the cause. When your roof is the culprit, you’ll want to address the issue right away, to prevent further damage where the leaks occurred, and to prevent the buildup of dangerous mold and mildew.
5. Include the experts
Sometimes you need an expert to inspect your roof to assess your needs. Experienced professionals know what to look for – and they are better able to detect potential issues that many homeowners miss. Of course, you will want to hire a trustworthy company that will give you an honest assessment of your roof’s needs. Fortunately, Mid-Atlantic Remodeling Company is a perfect choice, if you live in Baltimore, Maryland – or the surrounding region.
Roof Repair Maryland: Mid-Atlantic Remodeling Company
Mid-Atlantic Remodeling Company has been a preferred Baltimore roof repair company, thanks to our knowledgeable, professional staff and quality contractors. We know the best materials and styles to use for roofing in cold weather. We provide a customer-friendly experience, with quality installation and superior materials, that are delivered on time and at an affordable price.
If you’re in need of a roof repair, complete roof replacement. If you’d simply like to have us inspect your current roof and assess any potential problem areas. Call us today at (410) 918-0563. Or, visit us online at https://midatlanticremodelingco.com/.