Each season comes with a change in weather. Heavy snow, extreme rain, cold and hot temperatures may affect your roof. One type of roof may work for heavy snow, another for extreme cold or hot weather and fail to withstand other weather conditions.
So how do you select a roof that can withstand different weather conditions?
There are several roof types that can handle and withstand a four-season climate.
Asphalt Shingle Roofing
Asphalt shingle is made of either paper fiber mat or fiberglass covered with asphalt. It is resistant to cold weather, wind, fire, and moisture. It's affordable to repair and is not easily damaged by sunlight.
It must be treated with a protective coating to prevent cracks and decay. When modified with a rubber-like compound, it will handle high winds and hailstorms.
If you are looking for durability at a cost, slate roofing will work for you. Made of natural slate rock, it will keep away moisture, insects, and will not let in heavy snow and rain.
Extremely energy efficient, it will keep your household cool, in warm regions. It has one disadvantage though; for it to last, it has to undergo regular inspections for its underlayment.
It can also break under your weight if you walk on it. You will need a roofing contractor who will put in reinforcements to hold its weight. In extremely hot climates, their life may be reduced significantly.
Like slate roofs, Clay tiles can withstand the sun, rain, and wind. They are extremely resilient to moisture, insect activity, cold and hot weather. For it to last longer, your roof will need reinforcing as clay is heavy.
Also, its underlayment will need regular replacement every eight to ten years. Clay tiles will crush under your weight and you will need to replace any broken pieces.
A metal roof is more versatile. While it is costly to buy, it has a low maintenance cost. With upward running seams to the rooftop, it will cause snow to glide down; will reduce cooling cost by reflecting heat and help in melting snow during winter. It is also fire resistant, will not rot or crack and does not rust. Unfortunately, with extreme temperatures, it becomes loose requiring you to adjust fasteners.
Before you settle on any roof type, you are advised to seek the opinion and help of a roofing contractor, like Premier Tri-state Roofing Inc. Choose a roof that fits your budget and is also capable of handling the vagaries of weather.