Homes in different geographic areas and different environments all have unique needs. Some need to adjust to hot or cold temperatures, some need to withstand stronger winds, etc.
When it comes to your Jersey Shore home, your roof has unique needs as well. It has to combat potentially high winds, humidity, and salt from the ocean. With this in mind, it's easy to understand some materials just won’t work for a roof in this environment.
Wood Shake Roofing for Your Jersey Shore Home
Wood shakes are a durable option that a lot of people choose to go for. A lot of people appreciate the wind resistance and the natural wood look. They have a lifespan that’s much longer than asphalt and are a greener choice than asphalt as well.
The problem with wood shakes is the number of cons that go with the pros. Replacement roofing cost aside, they require a significant amount of maintenance. You’ll have to clean off leaves and brush from your roof to allow your shakes to breathe. As we know, moisture is a huge enemy to wood. It leads to rot, mold, mildew, etc. So your wood shake roof needs a lot of sun to dry and to breathe. So if you live around trees that will shade your roof, wood shakes might not be the best call.
Clay Tile Roofing for Your Jersey Shore Home
Clay tiles are known for their strength and their longevity. They last decades longer than asphalt and are solid options for hot climates. Plus, they’re energy efficient, relatively low maintenance, you have numerous options, and they’re immune to insect damage and rot.
The obvious issue? The weight. Your roof structure would have to be able to support tons of weight, literally. This contributes to why the installation is a bit more difficult.
Though they can withstand high winds, some hail, and fire, they can crack and chip from impacts like tree branches and such. This could lead to leaks and other issues.
Metal Roofing for Your Jersey Shore Home
In terms of the best option for a roof for your ocean home, I’d say it’s a metal roof. First, the weather protection is outstanding. Well constructed metal roof installations can withstand hurricane level winds, drain snow and water most effectively, and reflect more heat from the sun.
This means all of those potential problems you can foresee with the roof of your shore home can be avoided. You won’t see any leaks or tiles chipping away. It will virtually last a lifetime. And plus as the heat gets reflected off the roof, you’ll save tons of money on cooling costs in the summer.
When choosing a roof for your Jersey Shore home, there are a few points you need to keep in mind. You want a roof that will prevent leaks, maintain stable internal temperatures, not fall apart with strong winds, and something that looks great.
The safest and smartest option is to have the best metal roofing installer build you a metal roof. This will keep your ocean home looking great and safe from the environment.
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