Three Great Roofing Materials For Coastal Zones

If you live along the coast, the roof of your home has to put up with a lot. From the wind-driven rain of seaside storms to the salty air, these conditions can wreak havoc on a roof that's not up for the challenge. When it's time for a new roof, choose one of these super-durable roofing materials that will last for decades and require few repairs.

Clay Tiles

Clay tiles are often favored among coastal homeowners because of their baked, beachy appearance, but their good looks are only one of their many assets. Clay tiles are heavy, so they won't blow off your home when a strong wind blows off the coast. They're also impervious to the salt (unlike some metals and asphalt roofs that may break down in the presence of salt). Though the classic, terra cotta color is popular in coastal areas, you can find clay tile roofs in most any color or pattern. There are even some that are made to look like wood shakes. Clay tile roofs often outlast the buildings they are placed on. Your flashings and gutters will still need to be cleaned and replaced periodically -- but the tiles themselves don't need any real maintenance.


There's a myth that metal roofs are not well-suited to coastal areas, and this is indeed true of the more common steel roofs. However, metal roofs made from aluminum will withstand the salty air without corroding. The large panels of metal roofing are less likely to be lifted up by a strong wind than are smaller, lighter shingles. Furthermore, metal roofing is not flammable, which is certainly a benefit if, like most, your coastal area gets very hot and dry in the summer. An aluminum roof can last 50 years or older. Today's metal roofs are not the tin hats of yesteryear, either. They can be painted most any color.


What could be stronger than stone? Slate roofing is made from natural stone, which can certainly stand up to the salty air and high winds of coastal zones. If your home has a very natural look, slate is the ultimate choice since it, too, is entirely natural. Slate can last 150 years or more, and you won't have to worry about replacing slate tiles after storms since they're too heavy to blow away. The only real downside to slate is that it's very heavy. You'll need to have your home looked over by a structural engineer to ensure it can support the weight of a slate roof.

For more information, contact a company like Alpen Roofing.