If you're like most modern homeowners, you're probably well aware that roofing options exist for keeping homes cool in areas where hot summers are the norm. Cool roofs have been all over the media for several years now and are commonly featured in home-and-garden magazines and blogs. However, not much is said about roofing options for those living in cold weather climates. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways that your choice of roofing materials can help your home interior stay cozy even in the worst of weather. Following are three roofing strategies designed for those who live in areas where cold, wet, and windy winter weather plays a significant role.
Many people associated charming, steeply pointed roofs with the residential and commercial architecture of alpine villages, but this style of roof actually serves to provide more than just a picturesque appearance. In areas with high snowfall rates, a deeply sloped roof ensures that heavy snows don't pile up on a roof to the extent that it caves in. Whatever snow accumulation ends up sticking can be easily removed using a long-handled roof broom — thanks to the steep slope, snow slips right off. Sloped roofs also protect against the damage that can be caused by standing water, such as leaks and the development of destructive fungal colonies.
Metal roofs are recommended for use as roofing materials because snow and ice buildup slides off them easily. They are also extremely long-lived, capable of lasting up to 70 years if well-maintained, and they are a good option for those who live in geographical areas known for frequent high winds. One of their drawbacks, however, is that they may be too efficient when it comes to shedding ice and snow accumulation — if you decide to go the metal roof route, make sure to have snow guards installed to prevent mini avalanches from occurring. Be sure to choose rust-resistant metal for maximum performance and longevity.
Just like white roofs reflect solar heat and therefore keep home interiors cool, dark roofing material absorbs available heat and helps keep homes warm. Dark colored rubber roofing is a a popular option for homes situated in cold climate areas because it provides insulation as well, but this option should only be used in areas where summer temperatures rarely get above the 70s — otherwise, the benefits may be offset by uncomfortably high interior temperatures during summer. If you would like discover more about how your choice of roofing materials can help keep your cold climate home toasty warm, please feel free to contact your local roofing company at your earliest convenience.