Updated: Oct 4
Anyone who lives in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Maryland knows that East Coast winters can be brutal to properties. Home and businesses are susceptible to all kinds of weather-related issues caused by winter storms and conditions. Roofs are especially prone to damage from snow, ice, frigid temperatures and strong winds.
Luckily, there are a few different types of roofing materials and designs that withstand the harsh effects of East Coast winters. Below we’ll discuss a couple of more durable material and design options for your home or business.
Best Roof Materials for Snow
If you want to protect your business or home from the harsh realities of winter, then a metal roof may be the best choice for you. Not only is metal roofing extremely durable and able to withstand hurricane-strength wind, it’s also sturdy enough to withstand the extreme weight of heavy snow.
Metal roofing also absorbs the heat of the sun which helps quickly melt snow and ice. They can also be equipped with snow shields to prevent larger chunks of snow and ice from falling from the rooftop. These snow shields help reduce the amount of damage or personal injury caused by falling snow and ice. Plus, metal roofs help reduce utility costs by keeping properties warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
If metal roofing is not an option for your commercial or residential property, asphalt shingles may be a better choice. Like metal roofing, asphalt shingles absorb heat to better melt snow and ice. Available in multiple color choices, asphalt shingles are a cost-effective alternative to metal roofing.
Best Roof Design for Snow Load
Roofing materials are not the only things that help reduce the harmful effects of winter storms and weather conditions. The actual design of a roof can also play a helpful role.
Angled or sloped roofs, as opposed to flat roofs, may be a better choice for properties located in areas that face frequent winter storms and icy conditions. Without an angle or slope, the snow can remain on the roof for longer periods of time. And partially melted snow can reforce forming heavy layers of ice that can add even more weight to the roof. One of the best roof designs for snow load, an angled or sloped roof helps melting snow and ice more easily slide off of the property.
Now that you know which roofing materials and designs are best for protecting your property from winter’s harmful elements, it’s time to find a first-rate specialist to install your new roof.
For over 30 years, family-owned Cooper Roofing has been proudly serving property owners and managers in the Mid-Atlantic region. Our team of roofing experts has the skills, knowledge and assets to customize a construction, repair or maintenance plan that meets your specific commercial or residential roofing needs and budget.
If you’re ready to discuss your roofing options, we’re ready to help you! Contact us today for a free quote.