Roofing Challenges in New England: Addressing Weather Concerns & Solutions

Roofing Challenges in New England: Addressing Weather Concerns & Solutions

Understanding New England's Unique Roofing Challenges

In New England, the roofing landscape is as varied as the weather. This region experiences a full spectrum of weather conditions – from intense summer heat to frigid winter blizzards. These conditions pose unique challenges to commercial roofing. Understanding these challenges is the first step in ensuring that your commercial building remains protected, functional, and efficient throughout the year.

Weather Extremes and Their Impact on Roofs

The New England weather can be unpredictable and extreme. Summers bring heat and humidity, which can cause roofing materials to expand and contract. Come winter, heavy snowfall, ice dams, and freeze-thaw cycles can lead to significant wear and tear.

Summer Heat: High temperatures can cause materials like asphalt shingles to crack and degrade over time. Metal roofs, while more resistant to heat, can expand under high temperatures, necessitating specialized installation techniques to allow for movement.

Winter Woes: The weight of snow and ice accumulation can stress the structure of any roof. Ice dams, formed when snow melts and refreezes at a roof's edge, can create water pools that seep underneath roofing materials, potentially causing leaks and water damage.

Wind Damage: New England’s coastal areas are particularly susceptible to strong winds, especially during storms. Wind can lift roofing materials or debris, causing damage or leaving the roof exposed to other elements.

Choosing the Right Roofing Material

Selecting the appropriate roofing material is crucial for addressing these challenges. Here’s where our expertise at Dutton & Garfield, Inc. becomes invaluable:

Metal Roofing: For both durability and weather resistance, metal roofs are an excellent choice. They are ideal for handling heavy snow loads, and their reflective properties can combat the heat of summer.

Asphalt Shingles: While popular, they require careful installation and regular maintenance to withstand the region’s weather extremes.

Flat Roof Systems: Common in commercial buildings, these require special attention to ensure proper drainage and insulation, particularly to prevent water pooling and ice dam formation.

Importance of Proper Installation and Maintenance

A roof’s longevity in New England’s climate largely depends on two things: quality installation and regular maintenance. Proper installation by experienced professionals, like those at Dutton & Garfield, Inc., ensures that roofing systems are equipped to handle weather-related stresses.

Regular maintenance is equally important. This includes clearing debris, ensuring proper insulation, checking for damage, and ensuring drainage systems are clear and functional. These steps help prevent long-term issues and costly repairs.

Innovative Solutions: Retrofitting and Energy Efficiency

Retrofitting existing roofing systems with more durable, energy-efficient materials is a growing trend. This not only addresses weather-related challenges but also contributes to a building’s overall energy efficiency. In New England, where heating costs can skyrocket during the winter, energy-efficient roofing systems, such as reflective metal roofs, can significantly reduce energy costs.

Dutton & Garfield, Inc.: Your Partner in Roofing Solutions

At Dutton & Garfield, Inc., we understand the unique challenges of New England’s weather. With over 50 years of experience, we have developed and refined our roofing solutions to meet and exceed these challenges. Whether it’s a new installation, a routine maintenance check, or a complete retrofit, our team is equipped to provide the best roofing solutions.

We pride ourselves on our expertise with various roofing systems, especially our work with Butler® metal roofing systems, known for their durability and energy efficiency. Our comprehensive approach ensures that every roofing project we undertake is tailored to withstand New England’s weather extremes, offering our clients peace of mind and long-term savings.


The weather in New England can be tough, but with the right roofing solutions, your commercial facility doesn’t have to suffer. At Dutton & Garfield, Inc., we are committed to providing top-tier roofing services that stand the test of time and weather. If you’re facing roofing challenges or looking to upgrade your current system, don’t hesitate to contact us. Let’s work together to find the perfect roofing solution for your needs.