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How Do Metal Roofs Stand Up in Extreme Weather?

Jan 04, 2022

Parents and their two young children stand outside of their suburban home.Metal roofs are one of the most durable and lasting roofing options that you can choose for your home. They perform well in all climates and are designed to hold strong in all types of extreme weather. More and more homeowners across the nation are opting for a metal roof on their home for this very reason. But how exactly will your metal roof perform in your specific climate and the inclement weather you deal with?

What to Expect from a Metal Roof in Different Types of Extreme Weather

Depending on where you live, you’ll experience a variety of extreme weather events throughout the year. While some will see high winds and heavy rains, others will deal with extreme heat and relentless sunlight. The good news is, a metal roof can handle all of these situations, providing your home with the durable protection you need. Let’s take a look at some of the most common types of extreme weather conditions individually.


Hail can wreak havoc on your home, as the hail stones fall and make impact with your roof. This impact can cause dents, marks, and unseen damage beneath the outer layer of traditional roofing systems. Metal roofs are extremely impact-resistant and hold up well during hailstorms. In fact, among all types of roofing systems, a metal roof offers the highest level of protection from hail and other types of impact. You won’t have to worry about a hailstone being able to penetrate a metal roof.

High Winds

High winds that can accompany many types of storms can also have a destructive effect on a roof. Other types of roofs can easily lose shingles, shakes, tiles, or other pieces, leaving the rest of the home exposed to further damage. On the other hand, metal roofs typically feature an interlocking design that makes them highly resistant to lifting in strong winds. Metal roofing can typically withstand winds of 140 mph or even more, depending on the design and construction. This makes them a great option for any area with high winds.

Extreme Heat

For areas of the country that regularly deal with extreme heat, there are a couple performance considerations to take into account. First, the excessive exposure to harsh sunlight can prematurely fade and deteriorate certain types of roofing. Second, the energy efficiency of the roof becomes much more important in extreme heat. Metal roofing is actually one of the best types of roofing in these conditions as well. While asphalt shingles, clay tiles, and other materials absorb the heat and dry up quickly in these conditions, metal roofing is designed to deflect the sun’s rays. This offers homeowners a more energy-efficient option that will help keep the rest of the house – including the attic – cooler than other types of roofing.

Freezing Temperatures

On the other extreme, many homeowners are in climates where freezing and below-freezing temperatures are common. The durability of a metal roof offers great protection for cold, winter climates. Snow and ice can more easily slide off a metal roof, helping to prevent excessive weight on the roof and home’s structure. A properly insulated metal roof will also help keep your home warm and comfortable inside.

Investing in a New Metal Roof

The exceptional performance of a metal roof in all types of extreme weather makes it a great investment for your home. Metal roofing will also stand the test of time, with a lifespan that can be double that of the standard asphalt shingle roof. At Erie Metal Roofs, we proudly offer and install stamped metal roofing that offers the gorgeous aesthetic of dimensional shingles, wood shakes, or Spanish tile to provide an attractive appearance along with the exceptional performance you desire in a new roof. To learn more about our metal roofing, contact us today to find your local Erie Metal Roofs.

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