Does That Cover It? 4 Roofing Tips for Homes in Coastal Areas

Does That Cover It? 4 Roofing Tips for Homes in Coastal Areas
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    Homes along the coast are up against a unique set of weather conditions, and the roof takes most of the assault seaside weather can dish out.


Extreme wind and rain, salty air, and the brutal rays of the sun serve up harsh treatment for your roof. Homes on the coast need to have upgraded roofing materials to withstand the weather conditions along the ocean.

Steel Roofs

While asphalt shingles are affordable, they are the worst choice for a coastal home; a tropical storm or worse, a hurricane, will rip asphalt shingles right off.

The same is also true of wood shake shingles. While the most costly roofing option, a steel roof is a way to go for a coastal home.

Steel roofs have superior weather resistance, are energy efficient, and will last a very long time. In the end, a steel roof will pay for itself.

Steel roofs are incredibly durable and a great choice if you live in a rainy coastal area.

They resist all the water very well, and special coatings increase their lifespan even longer than it would normally last.

Clay Tile Roofs

Right behind steel are clay roofing tiles. Imagine the lovely, white-washed Mediterranean homes with their red tile roofs. Clay tiles have been used for centuries in coastal areas.

While tile roofs withstand extreme weather conditions, individual tiles can be damaged and will need to be replaced. Also, clay tiles are very heavy, so you’ll need to make sure your home’s structure can support this type of roof.

Clay tiles are a smart choice to build your roof out of. They expand and then contract when they get warmed by the sun, allowing them to adapt to fluctuations in temperature very well. They also look handsome and attractive to all who see them, which never hurts.

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Slate Roofs

Slate is a type of flat stone, and like clay tiles, slate has been used as a roofing material for many centuries. Also like clay tiles, slate is very heavy, and like steel, slate is expensive. However, slate is invulnerable to both rot and weather.

Slate is a great material to build a roof from. It is dense enough to resist intrusion by moisture, but it also resists heat incredibly well. These unique characteristics make this a superb type of material to make roofs out of.

Roof Waterproofing

Your existing roof already has some waterproofing built-in. The underlayment, roof flashing, and gutters are all there to keep the water that seeps past the shingles out. However, these precautions don’t last forever.

If water is dripping through your roof, have a professional roofer check not only for damaged shingles, but also damaged underlayment and flashing. You can check for clogged gutters and clean those yourself. Getting your roof waterproofing redone is a great way to enhance its lifespan and durability.

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If replacing your roof with steel, clay tiles or slate is too costly, there is another option, roof waterproofing. This is common on flat roofs, and is achieved by applying a liquid roof system. These are liquid products that dry into a tough, waterproof membrane.

These can be made out of silicone, polyurethane, urethane, or PMMA. These roof coatings are also a reflective white, which reflects away the UV rays of the sun, keeping the roof cool.

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