Metal Roofing in Nova Scotia

In Nova Scotia, residential metal roofing is ideal for both historic and new homes. Metal roofs are popping up all over the country, from the eclectic blend of heritage homes in the south shore to the ultra-modern clean lines of new builds in, and around HRM.

Slate-style metal roofing, which is available in Halifax, can be used to rebuild the roofs of Georgian-style type homes with architectural precision at a fraction of the cost of natural slate. New aluminum roofs with PVDF coatings are lightweight and maintenance-free, and they can be used anywhere near the coast.

Panels on all four sides of metal roof structures intended for long-term residential use can interlock.

In the winter, interlocking panels provide additional wind protection against high-speed Nor’easter winds.

There are a few metal roofing materials that can provide protection from severe weather, giving you some extra peace of mind as a tropical storm, or hurricane approaches.

With this in mind, it’s important to discuss with an expert so they can properly install metal roof. There are standard metal roofs, as well as other specific types that may not be as advantageous for your direct needs.

Things to Consider for Coastal Properties

The Ocean: One of the biggest challenges faced with properties built around the ocean, is they become vulnerable to the sea salt that permeates the air. This is why it’s important to look at all of the metal roofing products available to determine the best option for your situation.

Extreme Speed Winds: Environment Canada warnings for Nova Scotia Winds of up to 120 km/h have been recorded. Most roofing warranties will have a clause for high-speed winds; look for a commodity that is expected to withstand winds of at least 180 km/hr, if not more. Metal roofing is great for how it handles wind and extreme weather.

Moisture Retention: In Nova Scotia, humidity and moisture in the air appear to build up in the household, creating a variety of moisture-related issues. A metal roofing product tends to be more non-porous. This also helps with the proper ventilation needed to prolong the life of the house. HRM also has energy-efficient cool roofing materials that can help reduce heat-trapping in the home and lower cooling costs.

Does a metal roof attract lightning?

According to Metal Roof of Canada, “The short answer is, no, a metal roof will not make lightning more likely to strike, but it may make a lightning strike less dangerous if it occurs”. Lightning has a low-resistance approach to the earth thanks to the metal construction structure with a conductive metal roof and a conductive metal structural frame. A metal building can sustain less damage from a lightning strike than a building of comparable size and location made up of higher-resistant materials.

Do metal roofs make the house hotter?

Rare Manufacturer says that metal roofing can heat up when exposed to direct sunshine, so whether it heats up more or less than other roofing materials depends more on the color and form of finish/coating. Heat can be absorbed and kept by heavier materials such as slate, concrete, and asphalt.

Do metal roofs protect against hail?

When we look at inclement weather such as Hail, Forma Steel says that hail exposure to metal exteriors is no more of a problem than it is for other materials. In particular, metal siding and roofing outperform the majority of other exterior materials. Many factors influence the severity of hail damage on a roof, including metal thickness.

Is it OK to walk on a Metal Roof?


Metal roofs, in particular, can withstand walking on them better than ceramic tiles and other roofing systems. In general, walking on a metal roof 30 or 50 years after construction is almost as secure as walking on it the day it was built. Just make sure you speak with your metal roofing contractors beforehand to ensure your roof type can withstand your weight (without denting or damaging).

How Long Will it Last?

Metal roofs provide security knowing that they have a much longer life span than that of a normal asphalt shingled roof. The longevity does depend on a variety of factors, like the type of metal, and the environmental conditions of the location. To learn more, check out the link below to get more details on this topic.

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How to find the right Metal Roofing Company

If you’re in search of the right team to handle your next roofing project, make sure you speak with an expert who understands your vision, needs, and long-term goals.

Metal Roof Vs Asphalt Shingle Roof

There is no 100% right answer here. If your looking for a more low-cost roofing solution than asphalt shingle roofing could be a more important path for you. If you’re looking for more durable roofing styles then metal is going to give you the best longevity of the two. Metal roofs are more eco-friendly (since they have a life expectancy of 30-50 years. Lastly, repairs are easier for shingles roofs typically, as you can simply replace broken/loose shingles. It is a little different when it comes to metal, as they’re more likely to come as a large panel. Overall, both types of roof materials can more than adequately do the job.

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What are the disadvantages of a Metal Roof?

The biggest disadvantage of a metal roof in Nova Scotia is the material cost. Metal prices are going to be much higher than that of asphalt shingles or even cedar wood shingles. Per square foot, you will most definitely need to budget higher for this type of metal roofing system. You’re paying for premium quality, and the advantages certainly do outweigh the costs for most individuals. check out our blog “Metal Roof Costs” to get a better idea of expenses related to such a project.

Metal Roofing Nova Scotia Contractors

Elite Roofing Halifax., is one of the largest installers of residential metal roofing in Nova Scotia, Canada. We can help you choose the roofing system that is right for your home. We service all areas in HRM as well as parts of Atlantic Canada.

We’re well aware of how unrelenting the weather can be on your roof, and our product is tested and designed to endure even the most challenging of weather conditions. If you’re looking for an experienced roofing contractor, to help you with your metal roof installation, look no further than our team.

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Disclaimer:  This article intends to offer general knowledge on this topic.  While every caution has been taken to provide accurate information, it does not intend as professional advice.  Please consult with an industry professional in your area to obtain proper advice based on your unique circumstances.  Elite Roofing Halifax and its parent company will not be held liable in any way should you suffer any loss/damage because of the information in this blog.