Not all roofs work equally well in every climate. A cold climate is one of the toughest for a roof to withstand. If your area regularly receives sub-zero temperatures, then it is important that your roof is made of the proper material.
The best roofing materials for a cold climate include:
Metal – Metal roofs are a great choice for a cold climate as they are very durable and prevent snow and ice from settling and forming dangerous icicles. Best of all, metal roofs can be fitted with snow guards and heating cables, which allows chunks of snow to fall down in smaller pieces instead of all at once.
Cement – Made from a combination of sand, pigments, and cement, cement tiles are incredibly durable and can stand up to severe weather. They come in many different colors and styles and are therefore good for both longevity and aesthetic considerations. Cement tiles are also great at keeping out the cold.
Solar Panels – If you are interested in making your home more energy-efficient, then you’ll be glad to hear that solar panels are another excellent roofing choice for a cold climate. They are strong, durable, and, because they generate heat, they are able to melt off snow and ice.
Other Cold Climate Design Considerations
A good roof functions best when paired with attic insulation which helps to stop heat from escaping your home. Properly installed doors and windows can further help to make your home more energy efficient. Vinyl siding, because it is much more durable than traditional wooden siding, is also a good option for homes in a colder climate.
T. Simpson Roofing has over 25 years of experience with the cold climate of Simcoe County, York Region, and the Greater Toronto Area. Our expert roofers know what it takes to build quality roofs and perform lasting roof repair, and our go-to siding contractors and eavestrough installers can help ensure the longevity of your entire home. We can also put the finishing touches on getting your home cold-climate ready with professional attic insulation and window and door installation. Best of all, we offer a free quote on our services, so there is no reason not to contact us and see what we can do for your home.