Homes along the Gulf Coast are up against a unique set of challenges as weather conditions constantly vary throughout the year. The roof of your home takes most of the assault that the weather dishes out during these seasons. From extreme winds and heavy rain to harsh sun rays, roofs on the Gulf Coast endure harsh treatment due to the unpredictable climate. This means your roof needs endurance-boosting features, which may cause you to choose one of the following materials for your home:
While asphalt shingles are the most affordable roofing option, they are not suitable for a home along the Gulf Coast. When a tropical storm or hurricane hits, the asphalt shingles can be ripped off the roof, and the same situation occurs with wood shake shingles. Steel roofs are the most suitable roofs for homes along the Gulf Coast. Steel roofs have superior weather resistance, are energy efficient and are long-lasting. Even though roofs are expensive, they pay for themselves in the long run because they are strong and last a long time.
Clay Tile Roofs
Clay tile roofs are a cheaper alternative to steel roofs that have been used in coastal areas for centuries. The roofs can stand up to harsh weather, but individual tiles may need to be replaced every so often because they don’t last as long as steel. When compared to other roofing materials, clay tiles are also very heavy, so you’ll need to make sure that your home’s structure can handle the weight. If so, clay tiles are the way to go, as they are adaptive to temperature and are pleasing to the eye.
Slate is a flat stone tile that, like clay tile roofs, has been used for centuries for coastal housing. Slate is a heavy and expensive material, but it is invulnerable to rotting and extreme weather conditions. Because of this, slate tiles almost never need to be replaced. This means that over time, they pay for themselves. Slate is the perfect material for your next roof, as it is dense enough to resist moisture and heat. These characteristics make slate an ideal roofing material.
Your existing roof already has some waterproofing built in, as the underlayment, flashing and gutters are there to collect the water that seeps through the shingles. However, those precautionary measures will not last forever. Getting your roof’s waterproofing redone is a great way to enhance your roof’s lifespan and durability.
If you are looking to have your roof inspected, repaired or redone, 4U Roofing is here to help. With years of experience along the Gulf Coast, 4U Roofing knows how to take care of all your roofing needs, especially in regard to enhancing the durability and longevity of your roof. Call 4U Roofing today at (251) 235-2222 to speak to a professional or schedule an appointment.