Does a metal roof on a beach house make sense?

As a vacation spot, second home, or forever home, a beach house on the coast is about as relaxing as it gets. During the sunny days, light floods the home and the water stretches out for miles. And on the stormy days, you get a front-row seat to almost everything Mother Nature has to throw at us.

But the same sunshine, salt air, high winds, and pummelling rain also take its toll on the roof of your beach home. Cedar shake shingles certainly complete the look of a coastal home, but without the proper upkeep, they may not last more than 10 or 20 years. Other common types of roofing material, such as composite, architectural, or asphalt shingles don’t fare much better.

Salt and Metal Roofing

At first glance, it would appear metal roofing material would not mesh very well with the salty sea air. A steel roof that hasn’t been properly treated will certainly rust in wet conditions, but at the coast, its lifespan is shortened considerably. The mixture of oxygen, moisture, and salt will corrode a steel roof and most other metals.

When comparing freshwater to saltwater, untreated metal materials will corrode five times faster when submerged in saltwater as opposed to freshwater. In the humid, salty air of the coast, metal will corrode 10 times as fast as air with normal humidity and no salt.

No wonder cedar shakes are such a popular choice on the coast. Of course, cedar has its own issues to deal with, including algae, mildew, and other organisms that thrive in the humid air. If not painstakingly maintained, cedar won’t last very long.

Aluminum roofing, however, has none of those issues. More “sea-worthy” than steel and more durable than cedar, aluminum is rust-resistant, repels moss, won’t fade for decades, and is built to last a century with little or no maintenance. If you’re living on the coast, do you want to enjoy yourself or spend time dealing with your roof?

Advantages of Aluminum

The humid, salty sea air has little effect on the longevity of aluminum and powder coating will keep the roof from looking chalky over time. Mountaintop Metal Roofing installs a complete line of corrosion-resistant roofing systems, including aluminum shingles, standing seam metal roofs, and even cedar shake profile roofing.

With a variety of colors and finishes, we have the perfect look to add the finishing touch to your home. From Craftsman to farmhouse to Victorian to modern, there’s aluminum roofing to give your home an immediate upgrade. No matter how great it looks, if installed poorly, the aluminum roofing won’t be able to do its job correctly.

At Mountaintop Metal Roofing, all we do is aluminum roofing. With more than 20 years of experience, we understand the subtle differences between fasteners, how the flashing interacts with the roofing, and other crucial aspects of the installation. When installed by Mountaintop Metal Roofing, you’ll never have to give your roof a second thought.

In fact, we guarantee it! We offer a non-prorated, transferable LIFETIME warranty on all roofing products we install. We use PermaLock products, one of the most trusted names in aluminum roofing. If you’re going to have an aluminum roof installed, why not get it done right the first time? Our roofs are also built to withstand winds up to 165 miles per hour!

Does your coastal cottage need a new roof or is time for a new roof in town? Contact Mountaintop Metal Roofing today for a free estimate. We work on the Oregon coast and from Salem, OR, to Longview, WA. We look forward to working with you.