Factors to Consider When Installing New Roofing in Cold Climates

Ottawa Roofing

Signs of damage to the roof may point to the need of a new roof. Leakages from the roof discernible as bulges, discoloration, and staining are an ominous sign, and a new roof will soon be required. The inspection of the roof from close quarters will identify problems such as rusted flashing, missing or damaged shingles, and loss of asphalt shingle granules that call for re-roofing.

Different roofing companies and different geographical regions may lead to differences between replacement roofing materials. Homeowners in cold climates should consider the following factors when installing new roofing.

Lowering of Energy Costs

Failure to use the proper materials or poor installation will lead to the escape of a lot of heat during the cold days. Getting the right material and quality installation helps to keep heat trapped inside the home and effectively lowers energy costs.

A well sized, properly sealed and energy efficient roofing will maintain the heat in the home even during extreme weather. Roofing companies in Ottawa are experienced in cold weather designs and installations and will help you make the right decision dependent on your budget.

Ice Buildup and Snow Accumulation

The new roofing should have a sloped design to ensure that they effectively remove snow and ice. Blizzards may dump so much snow on the house and may influence where ice buildup will occur. A flat roof design will lead to the accumulation of snow, and the sheer weight can damage the roof and the home. Puddles from melting snow are also capable of damaging the home.

Which are the best materials for the roof in the cold climates? Metal is a good choice since it does a good job of shedding snow easily and quickly. Other benefits of metal are that it is durable and won’t surprise you with a leak.  Firon Roofing will carry out an inspection of the home and advise on the best designs for your roof. Expert advice will avert danger such as a huge pile of snow suddenly sliding off at the front door where it could hurt people.

Asphalt shingles are another good choice for the winter weather. The light, flexible shingles are strong and can support a huge amount of frozen precipitation. Asphalt is also a good insulator.

You may also choose to install slate tiles which are strong and durable. The slate tiles will hold up well to springtime hail and packed snow.

Winter Is a Challenging Season for Roofing

The inclement weather that is characteristic of winter presents big challenges for a roofing project. The roof becomes a slippery and dangerous surface. Ice becomes an important consideration since workers, materials, and tools can easily fall off.

A second challenge is that the snowy and wet conditions compromise the quality of the roof installation. Adhesives will often freeze upon installation, or the frozen shingles may snap when hammered into place. It is important to adhere to the recommended temperatures for installation from the manufacturers.

New roofing can be successfully installed during the warmer drier days of winter. Call Ottawa Roofing company, Firon Roofing today to get their recommendations and for the evaluation of guidelines where possible. You may choose to wait for even two months to get a good installation job and for the safety of everyone involved.