The Best Roofing Materials for Hawaii’s Tropical Climates

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Hawaii is one of the best places to be if you love the sun, sand, and beaches. We get a lot of sunshine throughout the year and adequate amounts of rainfall. However, the weather is usually hot and humid during the summer months and pleasant during the winter.

The excess moisture in the atmosphere can affect the structural integrity of the house in Hawaii. It’s a good reason to therefore stay careful while choosing roofing materials for your home if you are located by the ocean like Hawaii.


Metal Roofs

Metal roofs are a great choice if you are looking to add value to your home but don’t want to worry about maintenance. You can use both metal panels and metal tiles as roofing materials.

Not only is metal extremely resistant to environmental damage like rain and storms, but it is also resistant to mold and fungal growth—which can be a problem in damp and humid areas.

It also provides excellent protection against tropical storms. A drawback could be that the metal might become excessively hot during the daytime in the summer months. Still, you can offset the heat by enhancing the natural ventilation and using cooling elements like AC or indoor plants inside the house.


Clay and Concrete

Clay and concrete tiles are also excellent options. Clay is known for its cooling effect, and you can get them in various designs to enhance the aesthetic appeal and curb value of your home. Concrete can also be molded in the same way into various shapes, and they also retain color very well.

Clay tiles are earthy and very sustainable, lasting up to 100 years or more with proper maintenance. They can also withstand environmental elements like rain and storms.

Since both clay and concrete tiles are very durable, you can also use pressure washing to clean them from time to time if you notice any growth, which is common with Hawaii’s rain and humidity.



Slate tiles hardly absorb any water which is a positive option as well. They release water and dry up very quickly. This is an advantage if you are located near the ocean or in rainy areas. The slate tiles may chip off over time, and you may have to replace them once in two decades, which is comparatively more cost-effective than other options.

Slate will also not fade in the hot Hawaiian sun, a common problem with regular asphalt tiles. It is also fireproof and takes very little time to install. Slate roofing tiles are usually hung from nails instead of glued together, so they’re easier to work with.



At Surface Shield Roofing Company, we ensure you get the best roofing services for your property. Your home is one of the most significant investments of your lifetime, and its integrity depends on the quality of the roof. So you only want the best roof for your property, and that’s exactly what we offer!

We specialize in all kinds of residential and commercial roofing services. Call us today for a quick consult, or schedule a property inspection today, and we’ll take it from there.