Moving To A Cold Region And Building A Home? Tips On Roofing And Radiant Floor Heating

19 October 2016
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If you are building a new home in a region that gets a lot of snow and ice, you need to take some things into consideration. Below are two things you should consider when building your home to keep you and your family warm when the temperatures are below freezing outside.


When designing your home, design the roof so that it does not have any valleys. This is because snow and water will accumulate in the valley and when the temperatures get below zero, this water and snow will freeze up. If this happens, you will have problems with ice dams in the valleys.

A metal roof would be a good choice, as metal is very durable and can easily withstand heavy snow. When the snow and ice melt, they slide off the metal surface. In most cases, a roofing contractor will install heating cables when putting on a metal roof in a cold region to melt the snow quickly. If you choose a metal roof, make sure the roofing contractor insulates the roof to help your home stay warmer in the winter.

If you do not want a metal roof, the best roof shape for a cold climate is hipped or gable roofing. This is because both of these roofing types do not have any valleys

Radiant Heat Flooring

Radiant heat flooring allows you to step out of bed on warm floors. During a home build is the perfect time to install this heating. There are two types of radiant floor heating you can choose from: electric and hydronic.

With electric radiant floor heating, electrical cabling is used. In many cases, the cables are attached to mats to make them much easier to install. The contractor will install the cables over the subfloor. Finished floor tiles that work great with electric radiant floors are stone tile and ceramic. Electrical systems will only heat the room they are installed in.

If you want to heat your entire home, hydronic floor heating would be a good choice. Tubing is installed underneath the flooring, water is heated by a boiler, and then the water circulates through the tubing. Because you are building a home, the contractor will likely embed the tubing in concrete. This type of floor heating works with most types of flooring, such as carpeting, vinyl and hardwood.

Talk with your builder as they will be experienced in designing a home for cold regions. Contact a company like Skywalker Roofing to learn more.