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What Makes Synthetic Shingles the Best Roofing Material for Cold Climates?

Homeowners who live in cold climates, like Dayton, have to be aware of the damage that chilly weather can have on their roof.

Your roof needs to stand up to the pressure of snow, ice, and wind—all while keeping your home warm and toasty. Unfortunately, not all roofs are created equal, and some roofing materials aren’t built to endure harsh weather conditions.

If you’re looking for the best shingles for cold climate performance, synthetic shingles installed by American Way Exteriors are perfect for your home—but we understand that you might be apprehensive about the steep cost of a new roof.

However, the longer you postpone that installation of reliable cold climate shingles, the more you put the safety of your home at risk.

Here are the potential threats that your current roof faces during cold, snowy weather.

Threats of Cold Weather to Your Roof

Roof Collapse

When heavy, wet snow and ice sit on top of your home for days at a time, it takes a toll on your roof. The combination of wet snow, unreliable roofing materials, and poor drainage can result in roof collapse—resulting in expensive damage and putting the safety of your family at risk.

If you hear creaking noises, notice it’s challenging to open windows or doors, or observe that your ceilings are sagging, immediately call a roofing professional. Avoiding roof collapse will not only protect your family and home but save you thousands of dollars on costly repairs.

Water Damage

Ice build-up on your roof can creep into your attic, causing frustrating water damage. This moisture can damage your drywall and insulation, which jeopardizes the structural integrity of your home. It also can create an environment for mold and mildew to grow, which can have a dangerous effect on your family’s health.

Water damage from a leaky roof is always a sign that it’s time for a roof replacement. Otherwise, you’ll continue to experience the same problems each winter.

Ice Dams

When you heat your home during the winter, your roof becomes warmer, and the snow on your roof melts. The melted snow drips to the cooler edges of your roof, where it refreezes into ice and forms an ice dam.

Ice dams are dangerous because they can begin to direct melted snow under your flashing or shingles. When this occurs, it’s common to experience roof leaks and water damage in your home.

To prevent ice dams, verify that you have proper insulation and attic ventilation, and choose a roofing material designed to tolerate snow and ice.

3 Reasons Why Synthetic Shingles Are the Superior Cold Weather Roofing Material

Cold climate roofing is durable enough to handle inclement weather and designed for snow and ice to slide right off the roof to prevent ice dams or roof collapse. Cold climate roofing will also work to insulate your home during the cold winter months, so you can stay warm and toasty inside.

Even though slate, asphalt, and metal roofing offer excellent benefits, these materials all fall short against cold weather protection. Slate roofing is difficult and expensive to install, asphalt shingles may not hold up in harsh storms, and metal roofing requires extra insulation.

That’s why synthetic shingles are considered the super roofing material for Dayton, Ohio, and other cold climates across the United States.

Here are three reasons why synthetic shingles offer superior performance in freezing temperatures:

1. Durable

With a Class 4 impact rating, 110 miles per hour wind-resistance, and Class A and C fire ratings, you can be confident that your synthetic shingles will stand up against snow, wind, hail, and fire.

They are moisture-resistant and designed to maintain their integrity through freeze and thaw cycles, so you don’t have to worry about ice dams, leaks, or roof collapse.

2. Energy-Efficient

Synthetic shingles are incredibly energy-efficient, so they insulate your house effectively during cold snaps. You’ll stay cozy inside without paying more on your utility bill.

3. Long-Lasting

Synthetic shingles are produced from a lightweight polyurethane material, making them affordable to install and maintain, even in freezing temperatures. Your roof investment will last as long as your home, so you’ll never have to worry about roof replacement again.

Are synthetic shingles right for your home?

Our "Homeowner's Guide to Synthetic Shingles" can help you decide.

Why You’ll Love Brava Synthetic Shingles

Brava synthetic roofing has all the fantastic benefits that synthetic shingles offer, along with these other unique features:

  • Eco-Friendly—Made from recycled and recyclable material for lasting beauty and durability.
  • Unlimited Colors—Can create any color for your shingles using a patented multi-coloring process.
  • Beautiful Design—Can mimic the look of slate roofing, wood shake shingles, and Spanish clay tile with three unique synthetic roofing options to create the perfect look for various homes, from Craftsman to Colonial styles.
  • Unbeatable Warranty—Built to stand the test of time, your synthetic shingles come with a 50-year limited warranty.

Install Brava Synthetic Shingles with American Way

We understand that you want a dependable roof that can stand up to the elements—even the freezing rain and snow that accompany winter in Ohio.

Our professional, caring team is ready to install long-lasting, weather-resistant Brava synthetic shingles on your home. You’ll receive expert installation of Brava’s high-quality roofing products, so you can have confidence that your roof will last for years to come.

Learn more about how Brava synthetic shingles can add unparalleled strength and beauty to your Dayton home.

Read Our Rave Reviews

American Way Exteriors has earned numerous positive reviews for our outstanding service. Read about our customers’ pleasant experiences working with us, then contact us today to learn how we can improve your home with new siding and roofing.

"Jake Preston is amazing! We had wind damage to our roof. Jake assisted us through every step. Making sure we had no unanswered questions. His professionalism and kindness is unmatched. The crew was respectful and detailed oriented. Thank you Jake and American Way!"

Michelle G.

"Replaced the existing siding on my home. Contact and price were discussed thoroughly during the initial discussions. Workers arrived at the scheduled time and were professional in the removal, new installation, cleanup, and onsite conduct. Communication between supervisors, installers and myself was on a daily basis and any issues were addressed immediately. Would not hesitate to use this company again or recommend them."

Beecher R.

"We chose American Way Exteriors to replace our old vinyl siding with Hardie board siding and trim. Throughout the entire process we found the team to be very professional and receptive to our questions about the project. They were constantly in touch with us about when work would start, what to expect each day of the project, and followed up to see if we had concerns. As the project began it was very apparent our house had suffered from poor installation by the builder years ago. The American Way team worked to fix the problems, keeping us well informed along the way. We could not be happier with the finished project both cosmetically and structurally. This is definitely a company we highly recommend exterior projects!"

Kathy G.

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