4 Features That Make Metal Roofs Ideal for Extreme Climates
Metal is fast becoming a top roofing material of choice for homeowners in areas that experience climatic extremes. In this blog, roof repair and installation company Sprague Roofing and Restoration discusses the qualities that make metal roofing systems ideal for all climates.
Metal Roofs Do Not Retain Heat — Metal is conductive and has low thermal mass. As a roofing material, metal doesn’t retain heat like other materials. When installed on an insulated roof deck, most of the sun’s heat stays outside and dissipates by sundown. In addition to helping reduce your indoor cooling costs in the summer, metal roofs also help minimize the heat island effect in the immediate area. Reflective coatings can also be applied to further reduce heat absorption.
Metal Roofs Efficiently Shed Rain and Snow — Metal roofs typically have smooth surfaces that efficiently shed rain and snow–this is true even for low-slope roofs. This feature helps keep the roof clear, even during heavy snowfall. With proper attic insulation, metal roofs are less susceptible to ice dam formation. Given its increased efficiency, your metal roof may require higher-capacity gutters; otherwise you may need gutter repair sooner than expected.
Metal Roofs Are More Durable — Metal roofs generally have better wind ratings and higher impact resistance than other types of roofs. Standard standing seam roofs do not have as many seams as shingle-style roofs do, and are therefore more resistant to tear-offs caused by high winds. Sheet metal also has slightly more “give” and doesn’t crack or split when hit by large hailstones.
Metal Roofs Require Less Maintenance — All roofs require some maintenance, but metal roofs have lower requirements compared to other sloped systems. This makes it easier to keep up with scheduled maintenance required by your warranty coverage. The repair process is also simple and takes less time, which is advantageous during emergency roofing situations.
Sprague Roofing and Restoration is your leading provider of roof installation and restoration services. Give us a call at (406) 200-9080 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Billings, MT, and Cody, WY.