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What is the best roofing material living in the united kingdom?

What Is the Best Roofing Material for Cold Climates?

If you live in an area that consistently experiences low temperatures, or has a high chance of frost and snow, then you need to invest in a roofing material that is up to the challenge. We discuss the best roofing materials for cold climates.


Slate is a popular roofing choice for homes in any climate due to its beautiful natural appearance, but it is also one of the best roofing materials for cold climates due to its ability to withstand extreme temperatures and weather conditions such as storms, hail, and strong winds.

A pitched slate roof will allow snow and ice to slide off, but it is important to have your roof inspected by a professional before you choose this material, as it is very heavy and your roofing structure may need extra reinforcement first.


Metal is one of the best roofing materials for cold climates due to its resistance to most weather conditions, including strong winds. Metal roofing is very durable and has a long lifespan of at least 40 years and possibly much longer. Metal roofs are also completely recyclable, making them an eco-friendly option.

Snow and ice will quickly slide off metal roofing but, even before it does, most metal roofing options are lightweight. This means the combined weight with the snowfall won’t be too much stress for your roofing structure to handle. It is worth noting, however, that metal roofs in colder climates will probably need extra insulation to ensure the home is thermally efficient.

Wood shakes

Wood shakes are a great choice of natural material for cold climates due to their insulating properties and natural weather resistance. They also allow excellent air circulation throughout the home, making them much more energy efficient.

You can usually expect wood shakes to last around thirty years and they are a fantastic option from an aesthetic perspective too, coming in a range of different designs and colours. They are also a more affordable option than some other roofing materials.

Fibreglass asphalt shingles

Fibreglass asphalt shingles are a popular roofing choice due to their reliability, affordability and how easy they are to maintain. They are also one of the best performers in consistently cold climates, especially if you opt for thicker cut shingles. Fibreglass asphalt shingles hold up well against cold temperatures and are resistant to snow and ice, but if you live in an area with consistently strong winds or gales, you may be better off with one of the other options from this list.

The downside of this roofing material is that it will need replacing more regularly than the other options on this list. The expected lifespan of these shingles isn’t as long (although it is usually still a very respectable 15-20 years) and they can become worn out from general wear and tear.

There are a few different options available when it comes to choosing a roofing material for cold climate homes. The best choice will usually depend on the specific climate your home experiences, for example if it is prone to frost and snow, or whether strong winds and consistently cold temperatures are more of a concern. It is always best to have a roofing professional assess your property before you make a final decision! Contact us for more information


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