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Special Building and Maintenance Considerations for Homes by the Sea

With the refreshing salty air, the cries of the gulls, the distant call of a fog horn, the sea is an awesome body of water that has drawn admirers for ages. Many love to build their dream homes near her soothing waves, but sometimes those sea breezes can wreck havoc on your home. There are a few special maintenance considerations for homes by the sea; by following them, there is no reason you can’t sit back and enjoy your peaceful lifestyle.

Roofing

The best homes by the sea are obviously the ones closest to her shores. Often times, these homes are built high up on rocky cliffs. These homes naturally bear the brunt of high winds, which over time will break down your roofing, siding, and windows. You can circumvent many of these problems by investing in durable 30-year asphalt shingles. Be sure the roofing contractor installs a moisture barrier and paneled insulation beneath the shingles. Asphalt shingles tend to hold up better than tiles or wood shakes. Even still, you should expect to replace shingles periodically.

Siding

You may notice in many seaside towns that many of the homes have shake siding. Part of this is adhering to a certain style associated with seaside living. Another reason is that the salty air weathers the natural wood and helps to preserve it. Paint tends to chip away quicker, and it is less maintenance to simply leave the shingles exposed. They can be sealed to prevent mold and mildew growth. You can invest in the concrete shake siding. This greatly reduces maintenance, and allows you to have unweathered color.

Decking and Patios

Concrete surfaces are easier to maintain in coastal areas. Wood is more prone to mold and mildew, which both thrive in these moist, humid environments.

Interior

Mold, mildew, and rust are all problems you will encounter on the interior of your home and garage. You can reduce the growth of mold and mildew in your walls by having a vapor barrier installed under your sub-floor and siding. Additionally, maintain a dry environment by utilizing ventilation fans in the kitchen and bathrooms.

Seaside living can be paradise on earth. Just establish a simple maintenance routine, and there is no reason your home cannot be secure and comfortable. Request free estimates from prescreened remodeling contractors to whip your home into shape.

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