Slippery Slope: The Benefits Of A Metal Roof

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If you take the attitude that any roof can protect your home from rain, then it really doesn't matter what type of roof you buy. In fact, you should feel free to buy whichever roof comes cheapest. The problem with this approach is that rain is only one of the threats that a roof must protect your home against. You also have to worry about snow, fire, and wind. If you want solid protection from whatever weather comes your way, then you want a metal roof. 

A Metal Roof Gives the Slip to Snow

If you have a rough roofing material such as asphalt or wooden shingles, your roofing can create friction with snow and allow it to build up on your roof. This can cause a couple of problems. For one, the snow can build up until there is enough weight on your roof to cause it to collapse. For another, as the lower layer of snow melts, the meltwater can run down your roof and create an ice dam on your eaves, which can lead to leaks. Metal roofing has a low-friction surface, which will allow snow to slide right off of your roof. Thus, there is no need to worry about the effects of snow on your roof. 

A Metal Roof Quenches Fire

If you have a wood-burning stove, stray sparks from your chimney can ignite your roof and cause a house fire. Similarly, if you live in a wooded area, you should be worried about the effects of a forest fire. While fire is a concern with some roofing materials, such as asphalt or wooden shingles, you don't have to worry about fire if you have a metal roof. 

A Metal Roof Weathers Wind

A strong wind can catch light roofing materials and rip them right off of your roof. While metal is one of the lighter materials that you can use on your roof, it comes in long metal panels, which are adhered to your roof with decking screws. Because of this fastening method, a metal roof can withstand high winds without ill effects. 

If you live in a mild climate, you might not have to worry about the effects of extreme weather, but if you live in an area that is prone to erratic weather, you will want to make sure that your roof is up to the challenge. Metal roofing will stand up well to harsh weather. 

For more information, contact Save On Roofing or a similar company.

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