Shingle Roof Updates And Upgrades To Consider In A Wet Climate
Shingles are not necessarily the best roofing material for a wet climate. Metal panels and concrete tiles tend to perform better in areas where rainfall is super common. However, these materials do cost significantly more than shingles, and as such, they are not always an option. The good news is that while shingles may not be the very best in a wet climate, they can still be suitable, particularly if you are able to invest in some or all of the following updates and upgrades.
If you need a new roof, consider opting for architectural shingles instead of standard, 3-tab shingles. Architectural shingles have tabs of various sizes, placed at a variety of angles. This gives the roof a more appealing look, but more importantly, it helps water drain off the roof more readily and keeps the water from repeatedly taking the same direction off the roof. This means that no one part of your roof is exposed to water for too long. Architectural shingles do cost more than 3-tab shingles, but not substantially so. In return, they last longer, so they may be more affordable in the long run.
High-Quality Drip Edges
All shingle roofs need a drip edge, which is a waterproof material installed under the edge of the shingles. Lower-end, inexpensive drip edges are generally okay for roofs in average weather. But in a moist climate, the drip edge is really going to be put to the test. So, you will want to choose a higher-quality drip edge for your roof. It will protect the edges of your roof, which is often where moisture damage starts on a shingle roof. If you can protect the edge, you're protecting the whole roof.
A Ridge Vent
If your home's roof design does not already include a ridge vent, consider adding one. This type of vent stretches along the ridge or peak of your roof. Since hot air rises, a ridge vet does a very good job of exhausting hot air from the attic. This will keep your attic cooler, which will keep your roof cooler. A cool but moist roof will grow a lot less algae and moss than one that is warm and moist. You can also talk to your roofer about adding other types of vents, such as box vents and soffit vents.
The three upgrades above will go a long way toward protecting your home's roof in a moist environment. Talk to a roofing contractor for more tips and advice.