If you have a beach house, then you have good predispositions to make it a Heaven on earth. You have a view over the sea, an opportunity to watch sunsets over the water every day and fall asleep to the sound of waves. What’s more, sea air is good for your health. But there are certain challenges for beach house owners. Since the percentage of humidity and salt is high, it can do some damage to your house and patio. Therefore, it is important to choose proper materials and prevent the damage from occurring.
On what to pay attention
When you choose materials for your beach house, keep in mind that there are some elements that are more subject to damage from the others. Basically, all exterior parts can be damaged by humid air and salt. Thus, pay attention when you choose paving, decking and roofing materials. Framing and windows for doors and windows are also something to take into consideration. You should choose proper insulation as well, and of course – the right type of outdoor paint.
Paving, decking and roofing materials should be sturdy and waterproof. Brick is the best solution for paving, because it can take everything – harsh weather, salt, humidity and heavy rain. It also increases the home’s value, and looks beautiful and stylish.
When it comes to decking, you can go for heavy and dense types of wood like ipe or teak. However, there are less expensive, yet equally sturdy solutions such as composite and PVC decking. Aside from being durable, decking needs to be protected with suitable type of coating to be able to fully resist the harsh sea air.
Although it may seem illogical, metal roofs are a good solution for beach homes. They are made from non-rusting alloys and made to endure even the harshest conditions. They are also lightweight, and allow a variety of looks. Since metal reflects the sun, a metal roof can help you save on cooling your home as well.
Doors and windows
When you choose doors and windows for your home, you need to take the negative effect of salty, humid air into consideration. Therefore, avoid traditional wooden frames. They tend to get warped and lose shape over the years due to high humidity. Instead, go for fibreglass frames that contain metal parts from stainless steel. When it comes to glass, you should provide your home with extra safety and o for impact-rated glass. Winds by the sea can be harsh and strong, and this glass will keep your home cosy, warm and above all – safe.
Insulation and paint
Because of the humid air, beach homes need to have a layer of closed cell insulation underneath the first floor. This prevents the moisture to enter the wooden elements and make them warp. Similarly, you need to protect all the elements by applying suitable colours. The choice is huge here, and you should always go for the colours intended particularly for the outdoor painting.