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Residential Metal Roofing: Is It Right for Me?

When the contractor delivered the sad news that my roof needed replacing, that led to a discussion of material choices. I was surprised to hear that metal roofing was an option. Sure, it was fine for commercial buildings, but a home? My contractor told me that metal is used for homes more than people realize. The panels can be designed to look like just about any type of roofing you can imagine. After looking at some samples and finding out about the long life of metal roofs, I decided to give it a try. Fifteen years later, my roof is still in great shape. If you are facing a roof replacement in the near future, let me tell you more about metal roofing. I'm betting that you'll decide this solution is right for your home.

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Residential Metal Roofing: Is It Right for Me?

Why Metal Roofs Are Better Installed During The Winter

by Kelly Murphy

If you have previously owned asphalt roofs, you may believe that it is always a bad idea to install roofing in the winter. However, if you will have a new roof installed, it is actually a better idea to have your metal roofing installed in the winter. 

Metal Shingles Are Installed Differently

With asphalt shingles, there is a self-sealing adhesive strip that will not attach properly if you do not install your shingles during warm weather. However, because metal roofs are installed using different methods, you do not have to worry about metal shingles attaching properly.

Professionals Prefer Winter Installations

Many mental roofing installation professionals prefer installing metal roofs during the winter. Summer temperatures can become very extreme, and it can be even more uncomfortable on a metal roof. Also, for metal roof installation experts who are busy installing asphalt roofs during the summer, they will look forward to the winter work that comes from installing metal roofs.

Customers Benefit From Winter Installations

Because there are fewer metal roofs installed during the winter, you will be able to choose from a broader range of options when selecting a metal roof installation professional. You will have more control over what day your roof is installed. Generally, roof installation prices are lower during the winter.

Winter Installations Are Safer

Metal roofers typically find it easier to install metal roofs under snowy conditions than under rainy conditions. When it is snowing outside, the snow often doesn't obstruct visibility as much and the snow can be shoveled off. Rain is more likely to cause damage to the roof during installation.

Metal Roofs Handle Winter Better

Sheet metal is not as vulnerable to bending, cracking and breaking. For this reason, you can get away with installing these panels during the winter. Metal roofing is more-effective at shedding water and ice. For this reason, metal roofs tend to last longer in colder climates. 

Metal Roofs Are Easier to Repair

Metal roofs are much easier to repair in the winter than asphalt shingles. Because you will not have to worry about glues or adhesives, the metal shingle replacement process is a simple matter. 

Even though metal holds up better during the winter, you should consider installing snow guards or bars. These are designed to prevent the snow on your roof from falling off in a sudden avalanche, which can be inconvenient and even dangerous. You should especially install these in high-traffic areas.