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Pros And Cons Of Metal Roofing For A Cold Climate

Metal roofing is often praised as the most durable, most wind-resistant, and one of the longest-lasting roofing materials known to man. (And, after all, it is made of metal. So it’s kind of like armor for your roof.) But before you sink hundreds of dollars into a new roofing system, you’ll want to know what you’re getting yourself into, both the pros and cons. And while one of the significant benefits for a metal roof in warm climates is that it saves AC energy in the summer, this isn’t such an overwhelmingly pronounced benefit in areas where the majority of the year is cold. So here are some pros and cons of metal roofing for those who live in a cold climate.


Metal roofing, if installed at an appropriate angle, is great at self-cleaning. It sheds snow and ice, preventing buildup, ice dams, and ice dam leaks. This is a big improvement over a roof that you have to go out and scrape off every time it snows if you want to prevent leaking. In addition, metal roofing is quite durable and can stand up well to strong winds, hail, and other forms of bad weather. Although it’s not literally impervious to all winds, it’s considered one of the strongest roofing materials for high-wind applications.

Of course, the metal roof can also help you keep your home cool and comfortable in summer, and if you live in a cool climate this may mean that you won’t need to use AC at all in the summers, which is a great eco-friendly improvement to your lifestyle.


Although shedding snow is great because it saves you work and prevents leaks from forming, it can also drop enormous piles of snow on you as you walk to and from your house. You can install snow guards to prevent this, but these prevent the snow from clearing off the roof by itself so if you use snow guards you may end up having to scrape some snow down manually if the snow gets too deep. Another con is that it tends to cost a lot to have a metal roof installed, although this expense may be offset by the value the roof provides both in the form of longevity (fewer roof repairs and replacements) and in the form of durability, summer cooling, snow shedding, and other benefits.

These are some of the pros and cons that a metal roof can provide in a cold climate. If you’re considering a metal roof, click here for info about whether or not a metal roof is best for you!