Winters in Ontario, especially in Ottawa, can be very hard on you and your house. Your roof protects you from the elements and keeps the heat in so you can have a dry, warm place to stay. Specialists can all agree that the heavy snow fall, icy conditions, and harsh winds that winter brings puts your roof to the test. That’s why you should select roofing materials that can withstand everything winter throws at it.
This is a great affordable option for your home, and one of the more common materials used by Ottawa roofers. A properly installed asphalt roof with regular maintenance can last 12 to 15 years. That being said, asphalt shingles can be damaged if they are installed at below freezing temperatures. It is also common for shingles to come off in high winds, get damaged from ice forming and from debris or snow build up. If you have asphalt shingles on your roof, it’s important to inspect the roof regularly and contact an Ottawa roofing company if repairs are needed.
Metal roofing is often paired with a higher price tag and tends to be more common in rural areas. This type of roofing should be installed by Ottawa roofing companies that have experience with the material. Metal roofing can be made of steel or aluminum, and installed as shingles or a standing seam.
When properly installed by an Ottawa roofer metal can last up to 50 years and often out lives the roof structure. This type of roof is well suited for areas with heavy snow fall and ice because of its snow shedding system. This means snow, ice, and other debris naturally slides off the roof with little assistance. Metal roofs have been able to withstand hurricane level winds so it will definitely perform well against the harshest winter weather. To maintain a metal roof, you need to make sure snow and debris are clearing from the roof.
This protects the coating on the panels, and prevents dents from forming. Both asphalt and metal have their positive and negative qualities. One thing that roofing companies in Ottawa all agree on is that proper maintenance plays a large role in how asphalt, and metal roofs perform in the winter. Performing inspections, cleaning gutters, and checking ventilation will help your roof battle the elements all year long, protecting your home and family from whatever winter brings your way.