Tough Materials for Coastal Climates

Salt air, sun, and sea often mean harsh treatment for oceanfront digs. We gathered the best hardy materials, tips, and ideas for rock-solid coastal homes.

Roofing #1: Metal
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Roofing #1: Metal

Typically applied in long, standing-seam panels, steel roofs are lauded on the coast for their longevity, weather resistance, and energy efficiency. (They reflect the sun's heat, meaning lower temps inside.)

Note: Steel is one of the costliest roofing materials, so think about whether you're up for investing more now to save long term.

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