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There is a lot to think about when you’re renovating a home. You need to make many decisions, starting with what contractor to use and how much money you want to spend. It helps if you have a clear vision for how you want your home to look when you’re done. If you’re not sure what it is that you want yet, take some time to look through my blog. I’ll discuss everything from home additions to flooring materials to appliances and fixtures. These articles will help you get a sense of the possibilities for your home renovation, and help you narrow down your options. Eventually, you’ll decide on the renovations that are right for you.

Home Renovation Happenings

Living In The Snowbelt: Three Types Of Roofing That Are Better Than Asphalt

Pamela Gonzales

Asphalt shingles are popular in areas such as the northeastern and midwestern United States. Though this roofing material does a decent job of holding up to the temporal climate in these regions, it can suffer some damage when heavy snow storms come. If you don't want to have to make roofing repairs in the coming years, it may be worthwhile to look past asphalt and choose one of these other more snow-resistant roofing types instead.

Clay Tiles

Clay tiles have long been popular in coastal regions since they're so good at standing up to high winds. However, they're a good choice in areas with heavy snowfall, too. They now come in colors other than the terracotta usually associated with tile roofs, so your house won't stick out like a sore thumb if you go with clay.

Clay tiles are heavier than asphalt shingles, so they are less likely to be lifted off the roof's surface by thawing and re-freezing water. They're also not susceptible to rot, so you don't have to worry about the long-term moisture exposure that comes with frequent snowfall. Should those snow storms bring heavy winds with them, you know the heavy tiles won't blow off.

The major disadvantage to a clay tile roof is the cost, which tends to be higher than that of an asphalt roof. However, since you won't have to worry about repairs after heavy snowstorms, you're likely to break even in the end.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is a particularly good choice for older homes that cannot support a heavy roof. Its light weight panels mean that you don't have to worry so much about heavy snow accumulation. In fact, most snow will just slide off the roof rather than piling up on it, since the metal is slippery. This will mean fewer leaks -- ice dams on the edge of the roof will become a thing of the past, so you can put away your snow rake for the season.

Water won't dislodge large metal roofing panels as it thaws and re-freezes, as it can with shingles. Metal roofing is also more affordable than many roofing options, although it may cost marginally more than an asphalt roof. Today's metal roofing is a far cry from the tin roofs you might see on some old barns and sheds. Most modern metal roofs are made from specialized, non-rusting metal compounds and they come in many colors and styles, so you can choose one that looks great with the rest of your home design.

The primary downfall to metal roofing is that, when it rains, it can be noisy. Of course, this is not typically an issue in the winter since snowflakes won't make noises as they land.

Slate Roofing

If you want a roof you can have installed and never have to touch again, even after the worst of winters, then slate is an excellent choice. It has a very classic look, which allows it to blend in well with the classic homes that are common in the northeast and midwest. Slate roofs can last more than 100 years, and most companies offer a warranty of around 100 years -- so on the off chance that you do need a roof repair, it will likely be covered.

Like the other materials on this list, slate won't be peeled back by re-freezing water and snow. It won't bend or buckle under snow pressure. Since it provides such a heavy layer of insulation between the home and outdoors, ice dams also won't be a concern.

The downfall to slate is its cost. It tends to be the most expensive roofing option, but when you consider the long life expectancy and warranty, it just might be worth the cost.

To learn more about these roofing choices, speak with a roofing company in your area.