If you have a home on the gulf, bay or one of our many waterways, you need to think about your roofing a bit more than someone in a neighborhood further inland. Roofs along the water are subject to different weather conditions and that means your roofing has a bigger job to do. If you’re building a new home or re-roofing your existing home, here are some things to consider before you choose your roofing material.
All Roofing Materials are Not Created Equally
Although a less than ethical roofer may try to sell you on a roof at a great price, buyer beware as two things influence the roof’s durability – the product and the installation. Some asphalt shingles may be a good option for a coastal roof while another shingle may not be, it depends on the style shingle and the manufacturer if it’s going to be able to withstand the wind. You also can’t compare the stability of an asphalt shingle roof to that of a metal roof or clay or concrete tile roofing.
A rooferwho has the knowledge and experience installing roofs in Tampa knows that a quality installation makes a difference. That means using the right type of nails and the right number of nails in every piece of tile or on every strip of shingles. Short cuts save the installer money but don’t make for a sound roof. Don’t trust your roof’s installation to just any roofer, trust one who is a longstanding roofing company in Florida with a great reputation for quality roofs.
Homes along the coast and unprotected waterways are subject to higher winds than homes inland. That means you may want to consider a roofing material that is better able to withstand high winds. Concrete roofing tiles are one excellent option. When installed by an experienced tile roofing company, they can withstand winds of 125mph or more according to the Tile Roofing Institute. Metal roofing is another good choice as FEMA now recommends metal roofing in coastal areas because of its wind resistance.
Suncoast Roofing Solutions can help you decide on the right roofing material for your home. We’ve installed all types of roofs on homes throughout Tampa Bay including those on the waterfront. Call us today at (813) 283-2544 to learn more about our workmanship and the products we offer.