Metal Roofs: Keeping Your Home Warm and Cozy in Cold Climates

Are you concerned that a metal roof will make your house colder in winter? Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. According to a study conducted by the U. S. Department of Energy, the surface of a metal roof will remain within five degrees of the average of an asphalt shingle roof, even in the coldest climates.

Metal is great for insulation because of its thermal conductivity, meaning it easily transfers heat to colder objects and absorbs heat from warmer objects. When sunlight hits your home (even in winter), it's absorbed by the materials that make up the roof. That heat is stored when the sun sets and combats the colder temperatures at night. Metal stores this heat better than asphalt shingles and wood, a property that helps keep the house warmer at night.

During the summer, the metal roof can also keep the house cool by absorbing the heat stored in the attic and, at the same time, reflecting the lights that fall on the roof. You can generally expect metal roofs to be warmer during the day and colder at night; however, the temperature of the roof surface doesn't affect the internal temperature of your home. In fact, metal roofs work quite well for winter climates, because they actually keep the air space under the roof warmer than traditional roofs. Contractors who install metal roofs should be careful not to align the joints of the roof, subfloor and roof in the same place. In the end, not only will metal roofs not lose as much heat as it seems, but they also lose much less heat compared to traditional roofs and can save you up to 20% on your energy bill. A metal roof is made up of multiple layers that work together to provide insulating benefits to your home.

It seemed that metal roofs did not release a significant amount of heat to the atmosphere from the house, nor were they significantly cooler to the touch, which ran the risk of cold air being transferred to the house. Because metal roofs can shed snow so easily, it's normal to worry that snow and ice will slip and cause potential damage to property and anyone passing by. Contrary to popular belief, metal roofs can save you money on your energy bills instead of costing you more. Many homeowners fear that all the heat they use to heat their homes in winter will simply be transferred directly through a metal roof and into the cold air outside. Thanks to metal roofs designed to remove snow, you won't have to worry so much about snow and ice damaging your roofing system. When many people think of metal roofs, they imagine a sheet of metal similar to that used in an economic shed or shack, with very little protection from the elements.

There are several types of felt subfloor, which both contractors and homeowners choose based on how flat it is under the metal roof. Metal roofs can go a long way to conserving energy and saving money by keeping your home warm and cozy all winter long. If you're planning to stay in your house for a long time or are looking to build a new home for good, a metal roof is one of the best outdoor investments you can make. So don't let myths about metal roofs making your house colder in winter stop you from investing in one - it's actually quite beneficial!.

Roberta Neubecker
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