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 #4: Slate
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Roofing #4: Slate

Homeowners are drawn to this natural stone for its unique beauty. It also boasts a long life span in coastal climates and an invulnerability to rot.

Note: The natural stone material can be very heavy, so you may need to install an extra support system if applying to an existing home. Plus, the product is pricey, so it's a long-run investment.

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