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Live On The Beach? Choosing The Right Roofing Material

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If you live on the beach, you need to use a different type of roofing material to keep your house protected from water and wind damage you may receive. Follow the tips below so you can worry more about swimming in the ocean than your roof.

Choose a Metal Roof

Instead of the traditional asphalt shingles for your beach house, consider putting a metal roof on it. A metal roof is sturdy, and it is also resistant to termites, water, wind, mildew, and rot. It may also lower the cost of keeping your house cool. Metal roofs are also easier to maintain, and there are many types to choose from including:

  • Pre-painted: This type of metal roofing is made of interlocking panels that have been already painted in a variety of colors, including, green, red, blue, and green. You can find this roofing made from zinc, copper, aluminum, and steel. You can also find panels that resemble shingles, wood shake, and tiles.
  • Stone coated: Stone coated metal roofs offer many benefits, one of which is most beneficial for you. They can withstand high winds because of an interlocking screw system. This means if you have a hurricane, this roof will hold up better.
  • Water shedding: When water hits this metal roofing, it sheds it off. To get the most benefit from this you do need to have some slope in your roof.

No matter what type of metal roof you choose, you can put a water tight seal on it to give the roof even more protection from water.

Choose a Clay Roof

Clay roofs look nice if you have a Spanish or Italian-style home. They are durable, and resistant to water, fires, mildew, and rot. They stand up well to the winds from hurricanes.

If you have a Spanish-style home, clay tiles that have an "S" or "U" shape creates a unique interlocking design. Italian-style clay tiles are rounded on the top section and are flat on the bottom. The bottom piece of the tiles lie flat on the roof, and have flanges that keeps the water off the surface of the roof. The rounded top part overlaps with the flanges.

Clay roofing tiles come in a variety of colors, such as green, red, black, and brown. You can also find these tiles in a variety of sizes and shapes, which can make your roof look much more interesting.

Talk with a roofing contractor, such as Premier Contractors, to learn about different types of roofing, and to learn which type of roof would work best for your beach home.