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Need a New Roof.

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I spent the last 7 years of work in the North Country of NY, where snow is measured in feet.
Many homes up there have the steel roofs.
I had some damage in the wind storm last weekend and it appears as if my 25year old shingles may need replacing.
I live in a Lake Effect Zone and was wondering if snow packs on to these roofs and then comes sliding down.

Those steel roofs sure look nice.
Any one have any pros and cons from first hand experience.
I know they cost about 3 times what shingles do.
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I am going to do my house in steel when the shingles go.

I have steel on my garage, it is 4/12 pitch and the snow sits on it initially, but as soon as the sun comes out it all slides right off in big chunks, and it isn't even heated in there.

My shingles hold snow terrible, two years ago I had to shovel it off 4 times.
If u go standing seam, put seam mounted snow bars on it so people don't die from snow and ice coming off there :)
If u go standing seam, put seam mounted snow bars on it so people don't die from snow and ice coming off there :)
+1 Ya' better have sno-cleats or it will get ugly for you.
by the way, as an architect I generally love metal roofs. i just had to do a complete tear off on my own home and went with shingles though as i'm not planing to stay here much longer. if was a house I was planning to stay at, i would go metal if i could afford it..
If you choose to go metal Be careful on the contractor you use. Lots of issue's with erie construction. Stay away from them and Sears. My experience was not good. Good Luck.
When we built our garage in 1974 we put corrugated aluminum sheet roofing on. It's still on there today and still looks great. Snow slides right off unless we get an unusual winter when the temperature never gets above 25 or so. I don't know if aluminum corrugated is still available in the marketplace but it proved to be a very wise investment for us.
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