Bad Weather is the Best Time to Learn About Snow and Ice

MARCO Bad Weather
July 28, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.

By MARCO Industries.  

Educate yourself on cold weather roof care.  

It doesn’t have to be a “natural disaster” for weather to wreak havoc on your roof. Snow and ice can be just as bad for roofing materials as hurricanes and tornados. Thankfully, metal roofs perform better in severe weather, so it is an excellent time to understand the many advantages of metal roofs.  

In many parts of the country, ice storms and heavy snowfall can claim an entire budget for roof repairs. The typical homeowner spends anywhere from 1% to 4% of their home’s value on maintenance and repairs every year. Improve your home and other buildings with a roofing material that will better protect your investment. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about metal roofing and winter. 

Q: Can snow and ice damage my roof? 

A: Winter precipitation can cause tremendous damage to traditional roofs. Metal roofs, however, are designed to shed snow and ice, causing them to literally slide right off your roof. With a metal roof, you won’t have to worry about ice dams, which can cause extensive water damage both inside and outside your home. You also don’t need to worry about ice and snow harming your roof or gutters since the roof itself is so durable. 

Q: How can I stop snow and ice from sliding off my roof and damaging things below? 

A: Metal roofs are designed so snow and ice slide off, eliminating ice dams and other damaging effects winter weather has on traditional roofs. In order to keep all that from sliding off on plants and cars and people below, your roofing professional can equip your metal roof with snow guards or heating cables to eliminate the risk of sliding ice and snow. 

You might also consider having guards like Marco’s YetiGuard™ Polycarbonate Snow Guard installed. 

Q: Can you replace a roof in the middle of winter? 

A: Yes! Wintertime metal roof installations are common as a heavy snowfall can be the last straw for other types of roofs. It can be difficult to install other types of roofing materials in winter, but metal roofs are much more winter-friendly. If you find you need a new roof this winter, metal is definitely your best option! 

YetiGuard removes the movement of snow and ice for safer roof loads and walkways down below. It uses the highest-quality polycarbonate for optimal strength and reinforced struts for additional holding power. As a result, YetiGuards are warranted for life (when installed according to manufacturer’s recommended layout). 

Made in the USA, YetiGuards are UV-resistant and fit most roof panels without rib straddling. In fact, the 1.5” base fits 95%+ of all roof panels. In addition, YetiGuard’s low-profile, 3″ x 5″ design with clear material is virtually invisible, making them not only the practical, low-cost solution, but the aesthetically pleasing solution, too. 

You can learn more about YetiGuards here

Have a question? AskARoofer

Find your local roofing contractor in the RoofersCoffeeShop® Contractor Directory. 

Original article source: MARCO Industries

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