Living in the south, especially along the coast, can be a dream come true. Coastal living is wonderful, with its beautiful scenery and sunny weather. The down side to coastal living is when tropical storms or hurricanes come to call. Becoming knowledgeable about the different types of roofing materials which work best in your area, will help you protect your home. Choosing the best type of roof for your southern home will save you time, money, and stress for years to come.
According to allseasonsroofinginc.com, these are questions which need to be answered when choosing the best roofing material:
These are the most popular roofing material choices:
Special Considerations for Beach Homes
Homes located on the coast need to consider the wind, salt, and humidity.
Wind-driven rain can be horizontal which can get under overlapping roofing material, causing additional damage. Constant sunlight and heat are also factors which impact the life of a roof.
Clay tiles work well for coastal living because they don't break down in the salt spray and stand up to high winds. Clay tiles usually carry a 30 year warranty, but it is not uncommon for them to last much longer, 50 to 100 years. Also, clay tiles allow a better air flow to the water barrier/underlayment.
Natural slate can be another long-lasting option. Fifty year warranties are typical. Natural slate is significantly heavier than other roofing materials which may mean your roof framing may need to be reinforced.
Both clay tiles and natural slate cost more than other roofing materials, however, based on their longevity, may prove to be a bargain. Another consideration is their structural integrity when hit by falling objects such as hail or tree branches, which may cause them to crack.
Wood shake roofs have a natural beauty which can hold up near salt water and can withstand winds up to 245 mph. Even though the installation cost is moderate, wood shake roofs have a lifespan of an average 30 years and take lots of routine maintenance. Wood must be treated to be repel insects, and installation is fairly labor intensive.
Inland Southern Homes
Inland, southern homes need to withstand a wide range of temperatures. If you decide on asphalt shingles, a wise choice would be algae-resistant shingles used in high-humidity climates. Metal roofs are popular in hot climates due to its ability to reflect heat and long lifespan. Terra-cotta, slate, and concrete tiles are all good choices in warm climates due to their heat resistance and longevity.
Southern living comes with all sorts of advantages. Lots of warm, sunny weather with beautiful scenery make southern living highly appealing. Choosing the right roof will keep your home safe in all the various weather conditions in your area.
Harper Roofing has been a trusted name in the Charleston area since 2009. Harper uses quality Owen Corning materials to build or replace your roof. Check out our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and our 5 star rating on Houzz.
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