Living in a humid climate means your home has to be moisture-proofed as much as possible. Your roof is no exception and can become susceptible to mold and moisture damage if you choose the wrong materials to create your home's roofing structure.
Here are the best materials to build your roof out of when you live in a humid climate. As you prepare to choose a roof for your new home or replace your current roof, keep these materials in mind when you speak to your roofer about your home's new rooftop design.
Metal roofs are a popular choice among homeowners who live in humid or storm-prone areas because the material is weather resistant. Metal roofs are also long-lasting and can remain intact for decades, with some materials lasting longer than others.
The most common materials for metal roofs are aluminum and steel. If choosing steel for your metal roof construction, select galvanized or coated steel panels for your roof to prevent rusting. Aluminum does not rust but is not as durable as metal. Compare your metal roofing options with your roofing contractor to see which material is best for your roofing needs.
Asphalt shingles are also highly recommended for homeowners who live in humid areas as a roofing solution. Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing medium among homeowners because the material is easy to install, inexpensive (the cheapest roofing material on the market), and attractive.
When opting for asphalt shingles in your humid area, choose styles that contain algaecides to prevent algae buildup on your rooftop.
The only downside to asphalt shingles is their longevity. You will replace your new roof every 20 years or so, so keep this in mind when comparing metal and asphalt shingle roofing benefits together.
Concrete is ideal for your home's roofing if you live in a humid area because the material is durable and weather-resistant. Furthermore, concrete reflects most of the sun's UV rays, allowing moisture to evaporate from your roof rapidly before damage can be done.
When choosing concrete tiles for your roof, stick to flat tiles over raised or rounded tile designs. The more streamlined and straight your concrete tile roof is, the less likely moisture will be able to gather in crevices or pool in dips and valleys.
For a natural roof with charming appeal that is also durable against moisture-causing humidity, opt for cedar shake roofing. Cedar shakes are a wise choice for a home's rooftop because the material naturally allows air to circulate inside the home. This air circulation reduces the moisture amount that gets into the attic and other areas of the home.
Because cedar is a natural wood product, the shakes themselves can be prone to algae growth or mildew, although the material is known to be durable. Have your contractor install cedar shakes on a felt underlining with good spacing between shakes to help keep moisture at bay.
Power wash your cedar shake roof periodically on a sunny day to remove mold and mildew. Never seal a cedar shake roof as this can cause the shakes to retain moisture.
In addition to choosing the right rooftop material for your humid climate, select a light-reflecting insulation barrier for your roof. Insulation barriers help prevent moisture from getting inside your home's attic while protecting the roofing material on top as well.
Choose a roofer with experience designing and building roofs for people who live in humid climates. Our roofing specialists at Bill's Roofing Inc. will help you choose and install a roof for your climate. Call us today to get started on your new roof.