Beach homes often look dreamy and cozy against the backdrop of waves and sand. But they also need to be sturdy to stand up to the salty air, heavy rains, and high winds that are common in coastal areas. The roofs of these homes are no exception. Standard asphalt shingles that you'd use on an inland home simply won't last. Here's a look at three roofing materials that do work well on beach houses.
When you think of metal roofing, you probably picture steel or aluminum roofs. But these materials don't stand up all that well to salty air, and they're also so light that a high wind can sweep under the end of a roofing panel and lift it off the roof. If you like the idea of a metal roof, go with copper for your beach house. The metal won't break down when exposed to the salty air, though it will take on that green color you recognize from the Statue of Liberty. Copper is also very heavy, so the high winds will be no match for it. And since copper roofs can last for centuries, you never have to worry about replacing your beach house's roof again.
Many beach homes have a natural, earthy look, and if yours is among them, you may want to go with a slate roof. Slate roofs are made from slices of natural slate. They're literally as hard as a rock, so you don't have to worry about the wind and rain damaging them. Sand blowing across the slate roof won't be an issue, either. You can choose from an array of natural colors from tan to almost black; there are even slate tiles with a purplish tint. The main downfall to slate is that it's very heavy. You'll want to have a structural engineer look over your home and ensure it can support the weight of a slate roof before making this investment.
Clay tiles also have a rustic, natural look that fits right in along the beach. They are more prone to cracking in hail or heavy rain than the other roofing options on this list. However, it's easy to have just the cracked tiles repaired without having to replace the entire roof. Though the most common option is that classic terra cotta color, you can find tan and brown clay tiles, too. They don't react poorly when exposed to the harsh, salty air, and they won't blow off in a heavy wind storm.
For more information, contact a roofing contractor (such as Pyramid Roofing Inc).