Best Roofing Materials for Cold Climates

Utah is famous for its snow; light, fluffy, and a lot of it. It makes for great winter recreation but can wreak havoc on your roof. Choosing the right roofing material can make a big difference in maintaining the longevity of your roof.

The best option for cold, snowy climates is metal roofing. Lightweight and durable, it stands sup to the elements. Snow and ice slide off easily, deterring icicles that can be destructive to your roof, and dangerous to passersby. Plus, metal acts as an insulator, allowing air to circulate, which keeps your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. It’s important to note, metal roofing requires heavy insulation, so be sure to factor that into your overall cost.

If metal is your choice, be sure to install snow guards and heating cables, with prevent sheets of ice from falling all at once. Metal roofs have an average lifespan of 40-70 years, so while the upfront investment is a bit more, over the course of homeownership, it’s the less expensive option. Metal roofs are also fireproof, and when it’s time for a new one, are fully recyclable.

Alta Vista offers two options, Corten Steel Roofs, and Standing Seam Metal, Corten Steel Roofs have a chemically quickened outer layer of rust which gives greater longevity and strength and offers a rustic Western appearance. Standing Seam Metal roofing is made from a thick grade steel which holds up well. The metal panels connect through a raised interlocking, vertical seam that offers continuous protection.

Cedar Shake Roofs are another option. They hold up well in cold weather, have good insulating properties because they allow air circulation, and look great with natural sidings such as wood, stone, cedar-shake and board and batten.

The most cost-effective material, that also holds up well in cold weather, are asphalt shingles. Asphalt roofs have a 12-20-year lifespan but are less expensive to install and come in over 30 shingle styles to choose from. Alta Vista installs high quality CertainTeed shingles, known as one of the most trusted brands in the industry.

Regardless of your roofing material, when heavy snow falls, rooftop snow removal is important to prevent roof collapse. Regular freezing and thawing can cause defects in your roof, eventually leading to leaks. If shoveling your roof is more than you want to take on, Alta Vista also offers rooftop snow removal services.