Use Metal Roofing To Keep Fire And Ice At Bay

Living on the edge of civilization has its advantages. If you are a fan of hiking, biking, backcountry skiing, and other outdoor sports, living on the fringes of a forest gives you all the access you could ask for. On the other hand, building a house right next to a forest creates certain dangers. Heavy snows can spell disaster for a roof, and with a forest comes the risk of forest fires. Metal roofing can protect you from both of these dangers. 

No Need to Worry about Snow Build-up or Ice Dams

Asphalt shingles, clay tiles, and wooden shingles all have a high friction surface, and the friction between your roof and the snow can keep the snow in place. The more snow builds up on your roof, the more you have to worry about roof collapse. You could climb up on your roof and shovel the snow off, but when you do this, you put yourself at risk of falling off. 

A second danger with roofing shingles is that any snow that melts over the body of your house will freeze on your eaves. As layer after layer of ice freezes over your eaves, you have to worry about water building up behind the ice and then leaking under your shingles. 

Metal roofing will help you in two ways: 1) Metal has a low friction surface that will allow snow to slough away, so you don't have to worry about shoveling your roof to prevent roof collapse. 2) A metal panel is only solid sheet of roofing, so there is nowhere for water to run under your roofing. Thus, even if ice dams do form, you don't have to worry about leaking. 

No Need to Worry about Fire Danger

Asphalt and wooden shingles can easily ignite if a stray spark from a forest fire lands on your roof, but a metal roof will not ignite. Thus, if you live in a fire prone area, a metal roof is a safer choice. 

Asphalt-shingle roofs abound. This is mostly because asphalt shingles are the least expensive roofing material on the market. Before you choose a roof for your home, you should consider the location of your home. If you live in a forested, mountainous area, an asphalt-shingle roof may not be the best choice. While a metal roof will cost more than asphalt shingles, you will get better protection for the money you pay. For more information, talk to your roofing contractor (such as Aerial Roofing).