Why Are Tile Roofs So Common In Coastal Areas?

27 February 2017
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Drive down the street in a coastal area, and you'll notice that most of the homes have tile roofs. Some may have concrete tiles, while others may have clay tiles. If you're thinking of getting a new roof for your own home, you may be wondering just why tile seems to be the option of choice. Here's a look.

The tiles won't blow away in a storm.

In most coastal areas, high winds are a problem. You never know when a storm will blow in off the water. Wind can catch lighter-weight roofing materials like asphalt or wooden shingles and metal roofing panels, peeling them off the underlayment. Before you know it, your home will be practically roofless and water will be streaming in. Roofing tiles -- whether they are concrete or clay -- are much heavier than other roofing materials. So, they will still be there when the thunderstorm, hail storm, or hurricane is over.

Sand friction is not a major problem.

Even when there's just a gentle breeze, some sand is often suspended in the air when you live near the coast. Over time, the friction of this sand blowing across the roof can cause damage to softer roofing materials like asphalt shingles and cedar shakes. The friction will abrade away the outer surface of concrete or clay tiles, too, but this erosion will happen very slowly since these materials are so hard. So, your roof will last a lot longer and won't look so worn.

Wind-driven rain doesn't leech under the tiles.

Roofing tiles are usually arranged so that the edges are angled downward. So, when wind-driven rain blows against the roof, the water does not weasel its way under the tiles. In contrast, the edges of asphalt shingles -- and even metal panels -- are usually horizontal. Wind-driven rain can work its way under them, peeling them off or causing leaks.

They're not harmed by salt.

The salt in the air in coastal areas can cause metal roofs to corrode. It's not great for asphalt roofing, either, and it can cause cedar shakes to shrink as it leeches moisture out of them. Roofing tiles, however, are unaffected by the salty air.

To learn more about roofing tiles and why they're a good choice for your coastal home, speak with a roofing company, like Amick Roofing Inc, in your area. They can assess your home and recommend some specific types of tiles that will work well with your aesthetic.