Having a home on the beach is a unique experience. Given the tropical weather, increased humidity, and the salt in the area, you have to make wise choices when it comes to the exterior structures of your home. The material you use on your roof is no exception to this idea. If you plan to build a new beach home or you need to update the roof on your current home, here are some of the material options you might want to consider.
Asphalt shingles are a popular choice for homes located inland as well as on the waterfront for a good reason. Asphalt is a relatively low-cost roofing option in terms of the initial investment, as well as ongoing maintenance costs. So, if price is a leading factor for you, asphalt will work well.
One drawback of asphalt is that it can fail when exposed to high winds, particularly storm-force winds. If your beach home is in an area that is susceptible to frequent hurricane or tropical storm activity, you might want to consider another option.
A slate roof will cost you slightly more than an asphalt roof, but the extra durability is well worth the higher investment. Slate is somewhat of a metallic roof. While moisture and metal don't always pair well together, when it comes to slate roofs, the extra moisture is not a problem.
The heaviness of the metal is also great for beating off wind damage. As a bonus, the slate will also do a great job at blocking out heat from the outside, which will, in turn, keep your home cooler. The colder your home, the lower your dependence on your cooling system, which can save you money.
Copper is another option to consider if you want moisture and wind protection. Copper, like slate, does not rust or corrode in humidity. However, copper reacts to moisture exposure by forming a green protective coating on its top known as patina.
The patina will not damage the copper roof, but it might cause an eyesore, so you might need to clean the roof occasionally. Given the weight of copper, it's also great for withstanding high winds.
Perform research to ensure you make the best choice for your needs. However, you should also rely on a professional. The installer you select to install your new roof can also help you determine which type of roofing material is best for your needs. For more information, contact a local roofing company like Newman Jerry Roofing & Remodeling Inc.
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