Homes in cold climates need to be designed so residents can stay comfortable even when it’s snowing and freezing outside. Homeowners will need to pay attention to their roofing if they want to minimize or entirely avoid problems during winter. Here are some roofing design ideas for homes in cold climates.
Use a Gable Roof
Gable roofs are strong and capable of shedding snow very easily as compared to other, more complicated roof designs. These roofs don’t have areas where snow, ice, pine needles and other winter-related debris can accumulate, and are, therefore, spared from the problems piling debris brings to roofs
Use Metal Roofing
Homes in cold climates will benefit from metal roofing. Metal roofs shed snow easily and are very durable regardless of the climate.
Designate a Snow Shedding Area
Speaking of snow shedding, it’s a good idea to provide a place for snow that’s been shed from the roof. These spaces should be directly below the roofline, but wide enough so that it would be safe to walk near them.
Every single opening in the roof, whether used for skylights, chimneys and other things, is a potential moisture entry point. While it’s good to have such features, especially when they’re necessary, leaving the openings unsealed can lead to a roof leak. Avoid them as much as possible.
Place Chimneys and Vents Near the Roof Ridge
If chimneys and vents need to be installed in the home, it would be best to place their openings at the highest point of the roof. This will help prevent water and snow from entering the chimney and vents as well as the openings that were made on the roof to accommodate them.
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