With the snowy weather around the corner, some Homeowners have started to question whether their roof is ready for the winter months ahead. Every year, we speak with Canadian Homeowners who regret not having their roofs replaced in the Summer when they had the chance. Sometimes you think you can hold off for another year or it just never crosses your mind. Either way, a roof leak is not something you want the stress of dealing with.
If you are thinking of investing in a new roof, consider installing a metal roofing solution. These are becoming more popular across Canada every year. In Ontario, the three of the most popular materials used for metal roofs are Copper, Steel & Aluminum. Out of the three, steel metal roofs seem to be the most popular among homeowners. Metals roofs are more fit to Canadian weather conditions and protect your home better than a shingle roof would. Slates of metal are unable to bend, crack, or deform like a shingle does over time. Albeit, they are more expensive than your basic shingle, but this is an investment that homeowners find worthwhile. Here are some of the benefits:
1. More Durability
Slates of metal are unable to bend, crack and deform like shingles do over time. Rain and snow will not damage the material, resulting in a longer lifespan. Shingles, on the other hand, begin to crack with the changing seasons and curl when the sun rests on them year after year.
2. Less Snow & Ice On The Roof
With its sleek metal surface, metal roofs will not hold ice and snow the same way a shingle roof would. It’s less likely for snow to pile up as it slides off the sides of your home better and faster than a granulated shingle would allow it to. Any snow that does sit atop your roof, when melted the sleek steel surface creates the perfect waterslide for easy water removal. This makes a leaky roof less likely and provides you with a sense of security knowing your home is in good protection.
3. Less Weight
Excessive snow and ice build-up can be very heavy for your roof. In turn, this puts a lot of pressure on the foundation and walls. You home can only hold so much weight until a collapse is inevitable. With a metal roof solution, the snow and ice will fall off easier than a shingle roof, resulting in less weight sitting atop. Shingle roofs always tend to accumulate more snow, tree branches, leafs, etc.
4. Animal Damage Protection
Every year, Professional Roofers receives calls from homeowners who are dealing with animal problems. They may not seem like much of a threat, but critters can actually do a lot of damage to your home. Raccoons, squirrels and birds are the main culprits. They can lift shingles, vent caps, flashing and make their way into your attic. Once they are inside, they will usually build a nest and invite their family and friends to join them. Usually, this happens once the colder months start to arrive and the animals are looking for a place to spend the winter. Once they damage your roof, it is more likely, if not inevitable, that you will have a leak soon after.
Metal roofing has proved to be more resistant to animal damage than shingles. Shingles are easier for them to damage, especially if the roof is old and the shingles have begun to lose their strength. However, they are unable to lift, damage or move the metal material. If your neighborhood is full of critters or trees that give them easy access to your home, we recommend considering a metal roof to avoid the unwanted guests and their costly repair fees.
Metal roofing solutions have become the new and improved method of covering your home. Its durability, stability and long lifespan have Ontarians deciding to make the switch. Why not receive a free quote today and see if a metal roof is the right option for you?