Protect the house from the elements. That’s the purpose of a roof, so it needs to be strong and durable, especially in a place like Cedaredge, which gets nearly 60 inches of snow annually. Understandably, some roofing material handles the load better than others.

A Proper Roof for Winter
While you’re toasty warm inside, the cold, wind, ice and snow are beating up on your house and rooftop. Can it take the abuse? If you have asphalt shingles, the answer is yes because this material can handle most weather conditions. Another sturdy option is metal roofing.

Wood shingles and shakes provide sufficient protection, if the wood is cedar, redwood or another high-quality material. Inferior quality products make this roofing material susceptible to rot in wet or damp climates. Slate roofing is strong enough to handle the weight of heavy snowfall, but it’s also a heavy material. A house with this material may need extra reinforcement, and slate can be a bit pricey. But, slate lasts more than 100 years, and other roofing materials will need replacement several times during slate’s century long lifespan, so the cost might balance out over time.

A Professional Opinion
Professional roofers understand how weather affects a rooftop. With their guidance, homeowners can properly match roofing materials to the climate where they live. And, an experienced roofer can help find materials that work for local weather and fit the homeowner’s budget.