5 Long Lasting Roofing Materials For Areas That Get Lots Of Precipitation


If you're planning on building a home in an area that receives a high degree of atmospheric precipitation or are ready to replace a roof on existing construction, you may be wondering what type of roofing materials hold up best in places that get lost of rain and/or snow. Fortunately, there are certain roofing materials that can withstand these conditions well. Following are five of them!

Asphalt Shingles

The most popular roofing material in most parts of the U.S., homeowners in places that gets lots of precipitation have long been cautioned against using asphalt shingles because asphalt is a porous substance that retains moisture very well. As a result, algae growths are quite common on asphalt roofs. However, asphalt shingles are now available that have been treated with algaecides, making them an excellent choice for all-purpose roofing no matter what the climate.

Cedar Shakes

Cedar Shakes are another residential roofing option for those who reside in areas that experience substantial precipitation. Both red and yellow cedar is native to the Pacific Northwest as well as to the vast rain forests of Southeastern Alaska, making them particularly resistant to exposure to large amounts of moisture.  However, cedar shakes should never be used in areas that experience routine risk of forest fires. Even cedar shakes that have been treated with fire-resistant chemicals shouldn't be used in areas where summer temperatures regularly rise above 90 or so degrees. They are perfect, however, for coastal areas, but homeowners should take care to keep them free of moss and lichen. Cedar also contains a compound that acts as a natural repellent to algae as well as to many insect pests!

Metal Roofs

Metal roofs are another great roofing choice for rainy or snowy areas. Because they are nonporous, there is virtually no chance of algae infestations developing on them, and they are also very resistant to the formation of moss and lichens. Steel, copper, and brushed nickel shingle all make attractive roofs, but make certain that you purchase shingles that have been treated with anti-rust materials. Metal roofing is at risk for being damaged by heavy hailstones, so you might want to consider another roofing option if hailstones are commonplace in your area.

Rubber Shingles

Because rubber shingles have only been on the market since the early 90s, many homeowners as well as contractors are relatively unfamiliar with them. However, there are many benefits to choosing rubber shingles in areas that receive high levels of precipitation, including:

  • Excellent insulation properties. Rubber is a thick material that helps hold heat indoors.
  • It absorbs sunlight. Because rubber shingles are dark, they absorb sunlight, which can help keep heating costs down during winter.
  • Rubber roofing has the potential to last over 100 years.
  • It's green. Rubber shingles are generally made from recycled materials such as old tires.
  • Although they are not good roofing choices for hot, dry areas, rubber shingles make excellent roofing for cool-climate places
  • Rubber is nonporous, so there's no danger of algae, moss, or lichen buildup.
  • Rubber is fairly heavy compared to most roofing materials, and are therefore more wind-resistant.


Slate is another good option for those who live in locations where climate conditions call for roofing materials that can withstand significant exposure to moisture, and like rubber, it's heavier than metal, asphalt, or cedar shakes, making it a good roofing choice for homes situated in areas where winds can are strong. Slate shingles also offer insulation and heat absorption properties, and like other nonporous materials, they are resistant to algae, mold, moss, and lichen growth.

A thorough consultation with your local residential roofing contractor will help you find the roofing material that best suits your individual needs and preferences.


30 December 2014

Building our Guest House Was a Great Decision

For years, my wife and I debated on what we wanted to do with all of the spare land in the back of our house. We were lucky enough to buy a house on an extra-large lot for a great deal, but the land was "going to waste" for quite a while. One day, we finally decided to have a guest house built on it, and now that the house is finished, we wish we had built it long ago. We are now renting it out for some extra income, and it is helping us save for retirement. I have always been fascinated by construction, so I enjoyed watching the professionals build the guest house and learned a lot during the process. I decided to fill some free time by blogging about the experience and sharing some construction info I learned during the process. Come back soon!