Nov 26, 2017

Installing a Metal Roof in a Cold Climate Considerations

With the cold temperatures here in Minnesota and Wisconsin, there are some additional steps that should be taken when installing a metal roof to make sure it lasts as long as possible.  If you’ve ever had traditional asphalt roofing, following the below metal roof considerations and recommendations to not only ensure fewer problems during adverse conditions but will also save you time and money in the long run.

Pick the Best Metal Roofing Color for Design & Functionality

Color not only has an aesthetic value but it also plays an important factor in solar absorption, which helps the snow and ice thaw and melt. Choosing a darker color rather than a lighter one will help with this dramatically.  View our metal roofing color guide.

dark metal roof in cold climate

Your Design Should Account for Topography

Consider your surroundings and take into account any large trees that will provide shade for the metal roof. Such foliage causes extra snow accumulation and in some cases, ice damming.

Snow Bars or Guards

Snow bars or guards are devices that will allow the snow and ice on your metal roof to fall off in small amounts or even melt completely before falling to the ground. Their main purpose is to prevent the sudden release of snow and ice from your roof known as a roof avalanche. This is a very serious issue and could cause damage to anything below your roof in its path such as your LeafGuard® seamless gutters, plumbing vents, cars, pets or even a person if they were standing in the right spot when it happens. The areas you want to be most vigilant and consider installing snow bars or guards are high traffic pedestrian areas such as doorways and parking areas.

Roof Decking & Underlayment

If you are installing a metal roof on your home or garage you will already have a roof deck, but if you are installing on a post-frame building you may not. We recommend always having a roof deck installed so there can be an underlayment applied for ice dam protection.underlayment for metal roof installation

You Want a Cool Roof in Cold Climate

A “cool roof” is essential when installing one in the cold climate of Minnesota or Wisconsin. You want your entire metal roof, including the eaves, as ventilated as possible and very well insulated. Be sure to check there are no leaks that could occur.

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Residential Metal Roofing Reviews:

"The roof is spectacular! My husband is very happy with it. Perfect color and it will be much better with the trees back there. Thank you so much."

Shaloe N.
Oakdale, MN
February 7, 2022

"Excellent communication throughout! Great crew and quality of work. It was clear they had our best interests in mind, finished on time and under budget! Would definitely use them again."

Laura U.
Hudson, WI
March 19, 2021

"Very meticulous install of a metal roof, including some unusual angles. Quick install of gutters. Kept us informed along the way."

Loren M.
St. Paul, MN
September 4, 2020

"Our house had a split re-roof, part metal and part asphalt and a partial roof extension. Given the fall timing and asphalt (no winter application) and then COVID-19, construction/roofing was not able to start until June. Roofing done in two days and gutters in day and a half. All in all, everything went rather smoothly and results for this old house were exceptional. I would recommend Lindus Construction for all of the above applications - Thanks for a great job!"

Marcus H.
White Bear Lake, MN
July 10, 2020

"We have been very satisfied with the work that Lindus has done for us. Our roofing project was done a few years ago and couldn’t be happier with the result. We get questions about our roof all the time. We recently had snow rails installed above our doors and garage area, and so far they are doing what they were designed to do. I have not had to shovel the snow that would have slid off the roof and blocked the doors. The quality of the work was excellent !! Thanks Lindus Construction!!"

Greg & Gina G.
Prior Lake, MN
December 14, 2019

Everyone (the steel roofers, spray foam installers, and LeafGuard® installers) was very professional yet personable and friendly. They did a great job while overcoming some difficult problems presented by my old 1 1/2 story house.

Jack H.
Minneapolis, MN
September 11, 2019
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