Metal Roofs In Winter FAQS

For homeowners, winter weather can be concerning. Snow and ice can cause many damages to your home. As a result, many homeowners are left with expensive repair bills. In fact, this year in the US, Tennessee was hit with a massive winter storm bringing whiteout blizzards, stinging winds, and extremely frigid temperatures well below average. Many homeowners were left without power for hours. Many homes were left without water, due to pipes freezing and busting. This is why it is best to plan ahead when winter weather approaches. While snow and ice are typically the enemy of roofs all across the world, residential metal roofs actually provide much better protection from winter weather damages than any other types of roofing. This list of frequently asked questions will help you answer any questions you may still have about residential metal roofs.

If Snow Accumulation Occurs, Will It Be A Problem?

Most buildings and homes are constructed to withstand heavy snow. If heavy snow starts to build up on your metal roof, then you may need to have it removed. If a building or home has structural damage from problems like leaks, or wood-eating insects then it is best to keep your roof clear from heavy snow.

How Can You Tell If Snow Needs To Be Removed?

Typically signs that a roof is in distress are groaning or creaking noises. You may notice your ceiling start to sag, or ceiling tiles starting to come off. Another sign to watch for are cracked walls or jammed doors and windows. In any of these circumstances, you will need to contact a professional roofer for emergency evaluation of your home or building.

How Can I Properly Remove Snow?

Small amounts of snow can be removed by using a snow rake, if you’re able to reach your roof from the ground. If you’re dealing with heavy amounts of snow accumulation or if you can’t reach your roof from the ground, then it is best to consult a roofing contractor to get the snow removed for you.

Roofers have many ways to safely remove snow from your home or building. They have special safety equipment that they can use to remove snow without causing any damage to your home or building, homes around your home, or themselves.

Are Metal Roofs At Risk for Rusting During Winter?

A metal roof should not rust during the winter. In some cases, if two different types of metal touch one another, corrosion could start. If this happens, it could cause rusting. To best avoid this problem, it is best to have your metal roof installed by a professional roofing contractor. Additionally, any repairs done to your roof should also be handled by a professional.

Who Can Install A Snow Guard On A Metal Roof?

A snow guard should be installed by a professional roofing contractor. You should not try to install one yourself. Roofing can easily be damaged by someone who is not trained to work with the tools and materials. If you are wanting to have a snow guard installed on your metal roof, you should schedule a consultation with a professional roofing contractor. They will be able to recommend specific products and help you decide which products are best for your budget.

If My Current Roof  Needs To Be Replaced In The Middle Of Winter, What Should I Do?

You may be surprised to learn that metal roof installations during the winter are actually common. For other types of roofs, one heavy snowfall could result in the roof needing to be replaced. Emergency metal roof installations occur quite often during the winter months. Installing other types of roofing materials can be tricky during the winter, but metal roofs are much more winter friendly in all aspects. If you’re dealing with having to replace your roof during the winter, choosing a metal roof is definitely your best bet. Residential metal roofs protect your homes during the roughest parts of winter.


If you are concerned about your metal roof this winter, it is best to work with a roofing professional. Mighty Metal Roofing has over 25 years of metal roofing experience. Contact Mighty Metal Roofing today to get help moving your home forward with a new Mighty Metal Roof!

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