Sun can bake the volatiles out of asphalt shingles, making them brittle and prone to cracking. The weight of snow can overwhelm roofs made from clay tiles, slate, cedar shingles, and other roofing materials. While there are many different types of roofing materials out there, and they each have their strengths and weaknesses, if you know that your roof will have to contend with inclement weather, your best choice of roofing material will be a metal roof. 

Wind vs. Metal Roofing

Clay tiles and slate shingles are hung on a roof with special hooks. Cedar and asphalt shingles are attached to your roof with nails. While the weight of clay and slate will help them, each of the above materials can be wind damaged. Installers screw down metal panels. Unlike shingles, which have a loose bottom edge that can get caught by the wind, metal panels will present a unified, well-anchored roof covering, so they can resist even a gale-force wind. 

Snow vs. Metal Roofing

The problem with most roofing materials is that they have a high friction surface. Thus, even as snow begins to melt, the friction between your roofing material and the snow will keep it in place. Metal has a very low-friction surface. When snow starts to melt, it will slide right off of your roof. Gone are the days of climbing up on your roof to shovel away snow. 

Solar Heat Gain vs. Metal Roofing

Roofs receive a huge amount of UV rays from the sun. These rays will heat up the roof, and then heat from your roof will seep into your home. As your home heats up, your AC system will have to work harder and harder just to keep your home cool. A metal roof will reflect UV rays away from your home. This will help to keep your home cooler; in fact, a metal roof can decrease your cooling bills by up to 25%

Metal roofs cost a little bit more money than asphalt shingles, but they will help you to save money on repair costs and on HVAC costs. If you know that your roof will have to deal with all the fury that mother nature can throw at it, you need to consider function over anything else. The best way to keep your home safe when the worst happens is to protect your roof with a solid, durable metal roof.  For more information, talk to a professional like Lawson Brothers Construction.