Seaside homes are some of the most in-demand houses in the entire country. Many pay top dollar for a home that offers cool breezes and stunning ocean views.
Another thing many seaside home and business owners commonly wind up paying top dollar for is their roofing! Moving into a home or shop by the sea presents its own unique set of challenges when it comes to your maintaining an older or outdated roof.
And with much of our service area being made up of coastal suburbs (including Brighton, Sandringham, and Frankston), we feel it’s important to share our insights into why a metal roof is a superior alternative for life by the beach.
The usual suspects: what damages a roof by the beach?
There are many considerations that go into maintaining the health of your roof:
- Do you have any branches overhanging the premises?
- Is your home or business located in a windy area?
- What about rain levels?
The list of potential problems goes on…
And when your house or business is located near the beach, you have to start watching out for these two major culprits.
Salinity is the number one culprit behind roof damage and decay in coastal roofs.
Salt can be one of the most damaging elements, to the point where ancient civilisations would cover captured farmland with salt to make the land unusable to their enemies afterwards!
And when it comes to your house, the damage salt causes is no different.
Salt attack is a common problem affecting masonry, where salt that lands on walls slowly causes the stone or brick in them to decay. Salt is a highly corrosive compound, and can cause considerable damage to your walls and roof if it not cleaned off in a timely fashion.
If salinity is public enemy number one when it comes to the health of your seaside roof, then humidity is its right-hand man. Seaside home and business owners rarely see one without the other.
Much like salt, moisture and humidity speeds up the natural damage and decay that occurs in your roof.
Moist air facilitates the growth of mould and mildew in dark corners on your roof and gutters. This can cause nasty stains on your roof and can pose serious health issues such as allergic reactions, lung infections and asthma attacks.
If your home is currently topped with older, broken, or simply worse-for-wear tiles or shingles, then you’re at risk of mould and mildew infestations. Life by the beach involves some extreme temperatures, and a moist environment is the perfect breeding ground for mould.
Considering a new roof? Why choose metal roof installation
Metal roof installation has soared in popularity in recent years, particularly for homes that face harsh weather conditions, like by the beach.
The benefits of metal roofing are almost boundless. They include:
Long life expectancy
With proper installation, you should expect your metal roof to last for decades!
Metal roofs are durable
Metal roofing is fire resistant and can withstand harsh winds and storms.
Mildew and rot are two words that are simply never associated with metal roofs.
Lightweight and fast to install
As they are available as wide “sheets”, metal roofs are relatively quick to install. They offer minimal downtime and disruption to your lifestyle.
The best course of action: talk to a metal roofing contractor!
The best thing you can do to keep your metal roof healthy and pristine is to talk to a roofing contractor that specialises in metal roofing.
Watermaster Roofing will be more than happy to provide you with a no-obligation roofing inspection to assess the health of your roof and help you to understand the benefits of metal roofing.
With years of experience under our qualified roofers’ belts, you can be confident we’ll have a diagnosis and a solution ready. For any more info, please give us a call on 1300 156 650 or fill in this form and we will be in touch!