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 #3: Clay tile
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Roofing #3: Clay tile

Colorful clay barrel tiles are a popular choice for Mediterranean-, Italian-, and Spanish-style homes in Florida and Southern California. Both fire and water resistant, the tiles usually require minimal maintenance, such as routine debris removal.

Note: While tile roofs stand up to the elements, individual tiles may crack and need replacement.

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