My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!
Snow comes down in fluffy flurries. When you watch snow fall like flakes of cotton from the sky, you might not think that those tiny snowflakes could ever cause your home to collapse, but in areas where snow builds up several feet deep, building collapse can be a real concern. In order to make sure that your home is safe, you need to choose a roof that will help you to minimize the risk of collapse.
Pay Attention to the Weight of Your Roofing Materials
People often focus on the look and cost of their roof. While you should not feel like you have to choose the lightest building material that you can find, you should be wary of putting an extremely heavy building material on your roof.
For example, slate can weigh as much 26 pounds per square foot. Slate can be heavy enough on its own to collapse a roof, so before you put slate on your roof, you need to make sure that your roof is up to the weight of the slate plus any snow build-up you might have to contend with. In most cases, you can save money and protect your home by going with a lighter building material.
How Rough Is Your Roofing Material
Asphalt shingles have a texture similar to that of sandpaper. This rough surface creates friction that allows snow to build up on your roof. If snow builds up to dangerous levels, you might have to climb up onto your roof to shovel the snow off. Climbing up onto a snow-laden roof only puts you at risk.
A metal roof will have a low-friction surface that will allow snow to slough off. By preventing snow from building up in the first place, you never have to worry about putting yourself in harm's way to protect yourself or your roof collapsing before you have a chance to get up on your roof. Metal roofs are lightweight and have a low-friction surface; thus, they are ideally suited for cold, snowy climates. They might cost more initially than an asphalt-shingle roof, but you purchase peace of mind with the higher cost.
Snow can be beautiful, but it can also be destructive. If you want to avoid the dangers presented by snow, you need to take time to make a careful choice for your roofing material. Simply rushing towards a pretty roof or an inexpensive roof will not ensure that you get a roof that will protect you from roof collapse.
To learn more, contact a company like Homestead Roofing Co. with any questions or concerns you have.