Pros and cons of metal roofs for cold-weather cities

Midwest living has it's benefits. There is usually plenty of space to move around, housing is usually more affordable than some of the coastal cities. But there is one major problem; Midwesterners know that winter weather can get awfully intense. So if you’re building a home or simply trying to maintain it, special considerations should be made for snow preparation, and the earlier you can take care of any roofing problems the better. For a quick list of what potential problems to spot before winter comes check out this Winterizing Your Roof graphic with helpful tips on common roofing problems that cold weather can exploit.

Cold-weather home upkeep can be costly, but using high-quality materials upfront may save you time and heartache in the long run. Specifically, some roofing contractors recommend metal roofs for extreme weather conditions.

Despite the higher costs of metal shingles, Chicago roofing contractor Ryan Trela from Trela Roofing & Remodeling advises, “Homeowners should put the best roof on a house that their budget will allow. Metal roofs are a good long-term investment for people in cities like Chicago.”

However, one Indianapolis-based Angie's List member cautioned in a review that metal roofs also have at least one winter disadvantage.  “We found that without snow guards, the snow ‘avalanches’ from the roof when the snow begins to melt," the member wrote, "creating a hazard around walkways and landscaped areas.”

As with any large purchase, weigh the pros and cons of a metal roof for your family’s individual circumstances. Read member reviews and check out roofing contractor’s pages on Angie's List for your city for more information.


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