Metal Roof Takes on Extreme Weather of Alberta, Canada

MRA Weather in Alberta, Canada
August 1, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.

By Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA). 

When an asphalt roof was unable to keep up with the temperature fluctuations, Canadian couple replaced roof with a material as tough as they are.  

The project  

Alberta experiences some of the more extreme weather conditions. Located in “hailstorm alley,” during the summer monster hail storms regularly bring in high winds and large hail stones. A couple years ago, a summer storm resulted in about $80 million in damage, and as recently as this year, a massive storm wrecked up to $1 billion in property. When Alberta isn’t experiencing hail storms it endures heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures. These conditions would test any roof, but asphalt seems to especially falter under the stress of the regions weather, typically lasting only 10 years.  

The challenge 

In such a rugged climate, Alberta homeowners need roofs that offer better protection and are as tough and resilient as they are. That’s why the owners of a beautiful 6,400 square foot home located in the heart of Alberta recently decided to replace their old asphalt roof with heavy duty steel metal shingles. Sick of having to replace blown off asphalt shingles, deal with insurance claims and worry about whether or not their old roof would hold up when the next storm hit, the owners wisely chose a metal roof designed to last for many decades to come. The fact that quality metal roofs are stronger, more impervious and often earn a Class 4 impact-resistance rating—the highest level of protection against hail damage available—while helping reduce damage and prevent costly repairs made their decision an easy one. 

Spotlight on MRA members Ideal Roofing and GBH Enterprise 

For their new roof, the owners selected Volcanic Stone Wakefield bridge steel shingles manufactured by Ideal Roofing based in Ottawa. The new roof’s rich color not only adds beautiful curb appeal and matches perfectly with the home’s architecture, it also comes with great peace of mind, thanks to an outstanding 50-year transferable warranty. Given the complexity and steepness of the roof, a quality installation job also was essential to help ensure maximum performance. Installers from GBH Enterprise in Alberta made sure no detail was overlooked, including installing a heavy-duty membrane underlayment to the plywood prior to applying the steel roofing which adds an extra layer of protection. 

Thoughts from the experts  

“Doing your research and choosing a roof that is designed for the specific climate conditions in your region is an investment that will definitely pay off in the long run,” said Phillipe Laplante, sales manager at Ideal Roofing. “Not only is a quality metal roof stronger, longer lasting and able to withstand whatever Mother Nature throws at it, it’s also low maintenance and easy to care for, helping the homeowners save time and money year in and year out.” 

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Original article source: MRA 



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