Hawaii’s weather conditions are happily moderate compared to the extreme conditions experienced on the mainland. But when planning a new roof, Hawaii homeowners still need to consider exposure to heavy rain, strong wind and sun.

The perfect time to compare roofing materials is during the planning stage. The type of roofing material you select can help protect your biggest investment: your home. Your Murakami Roofing professional estimator is happy to provide a free roof inspection and explore and compare roofing materials, such as tile, shingle or cedar shake and hurricane protection devices such as clips, straps and ties.


Hurricane clips, straps and ties hold the roof down and attached to the house. The devices come in many variations, shapes and sizes; they are all designed to reinforce and strengthen the attachment of the roof to the walls. Many roof videos use all three terms and more, interchangeably.

Murakami Roofing created the Hurricane Protection Package for homeowners who would like to consider including hurricane clips, ties and straps as part of their new roof plan. Murakami Roofing also offers hurricane protection devices for homeowners who do not need a new roof, but would like the added protection.


Ask your Murakami Roofing professional for a customized Hurricane Protection Package for your home.

Here are some examples of roofing materials.


If you enjoy the natural look of wood, a cedar shake roof is a great choice. A cedar shake roof can last up to 30 years depending on weather conditions but is expensive and the possibility of insect damage and mold is real for Hawaii homes.

These roofs also require frequent treatment to maintain the cedar look and protect against rot.

From the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau: “Uplift Test For Roof Covering Systems” (had) exemplary results of 90 pounds per square foot (173 mph) for CSSB member shingles and 180 PSF (245 mph) for CSSB member shakes.



If you’re planning to stay in your home or pass it along to your family, a tile roof could be the right choice. Tile roofs are a substantial investment, but when weighed against how long they last, tile can be cost effective. A plus is a tile roof tends to keep a home cooler since it reflects the sun. However, tile roofing can crack or break from falling debris such as large branches, coconuts or fruit.

From the Tile Roofing Industry Alliance: “Independent testing sponsored by TRI Alliance shows that with proper attachment, clay and concrete roof tiles can sustain winds in excess of 125 mph that would strip off most other roofing materials.”


Asphalt shingles are probably the most popular choice. Depending on where you live on the island, asphalt shingles can last between 15-30 years. Longevity will depend on whether your home is in a rainy area like Manoa or Kaneohe versus a drier area such as Waipahu or Ewa Beach. A plus is asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors — almost any color can be matched to the paint on your home. Shingles may experience mildew, which will be more obvious with a lighter color choice, but a darker color may attract more heat.

The wind resistance rating varies with asphalt shingles, so it is best to consult your Murakami Roofing professional estimator or the American Society for Testing Materials.

Cost, longevity, durability and even length of ownership are considerations, which may make selecting roofing materials complicated. No need to worry, Murakami Roofing is here to answer your questions and explain your estimate with you, so you can be assured that you have made the right choice.


Be confident, be Murakami Roofing Strong!

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