How Does Living Closer to the Ocean Change the Health of My Roof Over Time?

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The health of your roof is the health of your home. If you have a roof that is not properly cared for, it can cause a variety of problems in your home since it is the roof that protects the walls, foundation, and other components of a house from harsh weather conditions such as rain and heavy wind. However, no matter how healthy your roof may be, it will always deteriorate over time due to various reasons. One of the most common reasons for this is saltwater intrusion. Read on to know the impact of living close to the ocean on your rooftop.


Constant Moisture Accumulation

A roof’s surface is made of a waterproofing material that can be damaged by being exposed to excessive amounts of moisture. This can cause damage that causes the roof to leak or develop cracks—or both! Moisture can also encourage mold and mildew growth on your roof, which can cause one to have to pay heavily for repairs that wouldn’t have been needed if they’d just taken care of it properly in the first place.


Saltwater Fades Paint

Saltwater also causes rusting and loosening of nails due to its composition as well as rotting wood due to its harsh environment. The wind blows off the surface of your shingles when they aren’t attached properly which leads to premature deterioration and eventual failure. The salt from the ocean can cause fading in your house’s paint over time. This happens because salt water has a greater presence on exterior surfaces than freshwater does because its corrosive nature causes the paint to deteriorate more quickly than normal salt does on dry land, which means that it will leach out more easily from softwoods like cedar shingles and vinyl siding. You can do this by sealing cracks in your foundation and around doors and windows with caulk or silicone sealant. If you have siding, use weather stripping to keep out the rain.


Winds Loosen the Wood and Shingles

Sand is a fine particle that is found in large amounts at the beach and along shorelines, so it’s able to accumulate on roofs in large quantities as well. When sand gets stuck on your roof, it can cause it to become loose and flaky over time, which will cause more problems for you down the road as well since sand has been known to cause some types of wood rot over time.

In addition to this, winds loosen the wood and shingles on your house, causing them to wear faster than they otherwise would have if exposed to these elements only occasionally—like when you hose off your deck or patio furniture after heavy rains or winds.


In order to prevent this from happening, you should make sure that your roof is protected from windy conditions by installing some sort of ridge ventilation system or gutter guards on top of your house. To take such preventive measures contact Surface Shield Roofing Company and our professionals can help with all your roofing needs.