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How Will Metal Perform in My Climate?

[fa icon="calendar"] 02/23/2021 / by Kaylee Beattie

Metal panels have unbelievable strength and high-performing characteristics, but you may be curious as to how a metal roof or metal siding will perform in your specific environment. Whether you live in the rugged mountains or dry desert, we’re breaking down exactly how metal will perform in your climate. 

Residential Metal Roof in Moutains

Wet, High Precipitation Climates

A leaking roof is a homeowner’s worst nightmare. No matter if you have to replace or simply repair a leaking roof, it’s going to cost you time and money. If you live in an area that experiences high amounts of precipitation, metal can be one of the best roofing solutions for you. Metal panels shed water like a pro, and don’t retain any moisture.

A variety of Bridger Steel’s metal panels for roofing are also equipped with anti-siphon grooves. An anti-siphon groove is a continuous channel formed into a panel’s edge, which creates a break in the panels and prevents the “suction” effect that usually transfers fluid between materials. Panels like our ⅞” Corrugated, Purlin Bearing Rib, and Tuff Rib all feature this anti-siphon groove. 

High Wind Environments

Although wind can be random, some areas are prone to wind more often than others. If you live in an area with frequent wind, or high-speed winds, roofing can be tricky. Shingles and other materials can lift. Metal roofs are a structurally sound roofing solution that hold up well in windy conditions.

There are multiple panels available from Bridger Steel that have stellar ratings for wind uplift. The ASTEM-E1592 test evaluates and confirms a panel’s structural performance under uniform static air pressure. Panels including our 3” Trapezoidal, 2” Snap Seam, and Tru Snap are all rated for wind uplift and recommended for those types of environments. 

When it comes to choosing the type of panel, whether it’s exposed or concealed fastener, can also affect a roof’s performance in high speed wind areas. Hidden fastener panels provide a more rigid connection to a home’s substrate. However, depending on the clip system needed to secure the panels, it may restrict your roof’s movement against other types of weather. Exposed fastener roofing systems secured over solid substrate are a great solution for protection against wind.

Heavy Snow Load Roofing Solutions

Heavy Snow Load Environments

Heavy amounts of snow over a short period of time can cause extra stress on your roof. One of the biggest concerns with heavy snow loads on a roof is protecting a home’s moisture barrier. As snow slightly melts, it will refreeze on your roof before sliding off. While this happens, it’s crucial your roof is able to maintain its moisture barrier.

Metal roofs are designed to hold and withstand heavy snow loads. Most of Bridger Steel’s metal roof panels are equipped with anti-siphon grooves for superior weather tightness and protection against water intrusion or snow melt. Metal panels are also significantly lighter weight than asphalt shingles, so the added extra weight of snow doesn’t add as much extra stress on your home.        

Hail Prone Environments

Hail damage to a roof is no joke. It can be detrimental to your entire roofing system, and your budget. While there is no 100% hail proof roof, metal panels come pretty close in terms of hail resistance. When it comes to a metal roof’s best defense against a hail storm, the thicker the metal the better. The term for a metal’s thickness is gauge. Bridger Steel typically recommends 26 gauge because the panels will be able to resist punctures from hailstones better. A thicker gauge also means there are stronger seams between panels.

Another factor that can help protect your roof from damage is the tensile strength of the panels. Tensile strength refers to the resistance of a material to breaking under tension. A higher tensile strength means your metal roof will hold up better to dents and other types of surface damage compared to a lowed tensile strength. Although, when it comes to steel, a lower tensile strength doesn’t necessarily mean your roof will be punctured, rather, it will just deform or even slightly stretch. 

One of the last factors to consider for hail-prone areas is the type of metal panel profile for your roof. Corrugated panels have a naturally wavy design that can help easily hide imperfections and even deflect hail. Our top recommendation for hail resistant roofing is our ⅞” Corrugated metal panels because it has a UL 2218 impact rating. If you’re interested in a Standing Seam roofing option, we most often recommend our Mechanical Lock panels for hail resistance. It has a double-seamed rib that can help provide some of the best protection possible from a seamed metal panel. Overall, metal roofing is one of the most hail-resistant options available in the roofing market.

Extreme Temperature Metal Roofing

Extreme Temperature Fluctuation Environments

A lot of areas experience extreme temperature fluctuations. The mornings and evenings can be frigid, while temperatures quickly rise during the afternoon. Many materials struggle to adapt with these fluctuations — shingles are likely to crack or warp. Metal, on the other hand, is actually designed to flex and adapt with changing temperatures, and withstand cracking or warping from that. 

A lot of a panel’s ability to expand and contract with changing temperatures lies in its clip system. Clips are used in most (not all) concealed fastener panels. There are fixed, floating, and slider clips. Both slider and floating clips are ideal for areas with dramatic temperature shifts. Slider clips have a piece that slides and allows for thermal movement. Floating clips are able to “float” and allow for expansion and contraction. Panels like our Mechanical Lock are designed to flex with changing temperatures. Overall, metal is a great choice for those living in areas prone to dramatic temperature swings.


Wondering about which panel we’d recommend specifically for your environment? Get in touch with one of our Product Specialists today. Our team can make expert recommendations for your home, including recommended gauges and colors or finish to match your desired style. Fill out our Get A Quote Form to get the process started.

Topics: Metal Roofing, residential

Kaylee Beattie

Written by Kaylee Beattie