Roof structure and materials are dependent on the kind of weather conditions a region has. When you live in a cold climate there are precipitation factors to consider such as snow that might occur for several months in a year. Hence, protection from snow, as well as insulation factors, is most important when you need to build a roof in a cold climate condition.
There are certain roofing materials that are more suited for the cold climate than others. Besides the design or structure of a roof, you need to consider the materials that would deal to keep energy costs low for your home as well as sustain through the climatic conditions.
- Metal roofs
Metal roofs are popular structures of buildings or homes in cold climatic conditions. The material proves durable as well as can bear the onslaught of snow, wind and rain or sleet that cold climates are prone to. Usually slanting metal roof structures are made so that the snow or ice slides off easily.
- Cedar or asphalt shingles
Asphalt shingles are a popular choice in colder countries as it is a cheap and durable option. These also work well for climates where it rains a lot such as Vancouver area and Surrey, BC. Your home would be adequately protected from snow and strong winds over the years when you make your roof out of asphalt shingles. In order to create a wooden roof structure, you can opt for cedar shingles which are costlier roofing materials.
- Cement or slate tiles
Such roofing material tends to be durable and strong as well as fireproof materials to opt for your home or building roof construction. Cement tiles which are fire proof are often installed in offices or commercial buildings where fire hazards and safety standards are paramount. Though slate and cement tiles are durable, strong and fireproof, these are heavy construction materials. Hence, you need to ensure that your building can bear the weight of such roofing material, especially as per the kind of ground or foundation of your building.
- Solar panels
Many homes and buildings, even in cold climates, consider using solar panels for roof construction. This is opted for with a view to increasing energy efficiency of a building. The panels can be active or passive ones which either help to capture solar energy for transforming to electrical or heating energy or simply act as passive panels that absorb the sun’s heat and prevent snow from accumulating on such roofs.
No matter what kind of roofing material or structure you opt for, check for longevity and durability options at the time of construction. For exemplary roofing Surrey residents choose Surrey Roofing.