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How will a metal roof stand up to extreme weather?

Question by K. Wallace from Rochester, New York

I live in an area with higher than normal wind and hail, and asphalt roofing tends to last shorter here than most other parts of the country. Will a metal roof stand up better to harsh conditions?

Expert Answer

Answer by Joe Miller
A metal roof can withstand decades of abuse from extreme weather like high winds, heavy snow, hailstorms, and even wildfires. Metal roofing has a 120-mph wind rating, meaning it can withstand wind gusts up to 120 miles per hour. Under high wind conditions, says architect Jim Mitchell, “Metal roofing systems have wind resistance and uplift resistance that is above the new building code requirement. That gives us a sense of relief in that we can use the best material to meet those criteria.” In locations that see heavy snow, metal roofing has been the choice of homeowners for years. It sheds snow fast, which protects the structural integrity of the roof. And it can eliminate ice damming at the eves, so water can’t back up and collect under the roof then leak into your home. If you live in a part of the country that is prone to wildfires, metal roofing can protect your home should burning embers land on your roof. If you live in a part of the country that is prone to wildfires, metal roofing can protect your home should burning embers land on your roof.
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