When it comes to owning a beachfront home, there are all sorts of benefits that are included, such as access to the ocean itself and amazing vistas. However, these types of homes also come with their own set of challenges as well. This is because beachfront homes are constantly exposed to elements such as the following:
 
  • Bright sunlight
  • More moisture
  • Corrosion from saltwater
  • Strong winds
 
It’s always important to ensure that you use the best materials to help construct a beachfront home that can withstand these types of issues. Here are a few useful examples to make note of.
 

Framing

Materials that are resistant to corrosion are the best ones that should be used for the framing of your beachfront home, such as concrete and treated wood. Furthermore, any exposed rafter trails should always be pre-primed and pressure treated on all faces of the material. 
 

Siding

Typically, brick siding is considered to be one of the best materials to survive against many various types of beach-related elements.In fact, it can survive for a century before it begins to show some serious wear and tear, as well as providing more insulation for both sound and heat. Although it is considered to be one of the more expensive options, it also helps to cut down on maintenance costs, as well as increase the overall resale value of the home itself.
 

Roofing

Metal roofing is considered to be more sturdy and resistant to issues such as wind, rot, termites, and mildew. Additionally, cooling your home itself will also cost 30% less. Paying for this type of roofing will require you to pay more money upfront; however, you will end up saving money in cooling and maintenance costs in the long run. 
 

Windows/Glass Doors

When it comes to these parts of your home, the best material to invest in would be impact-rated glass. It’s important to note that back in January 2014, the 2012 IFC Code officially went into effect, which mandates that all openings must use impact-rated glass or have impact-rated shutters or pre-cut panels placed over them. This is because this type of glass are designed to hold up under any type of pressure, meaning that your home will not only be kept watertight, but it will also provide protection from flying debris.
 

Decking

If possible, consider investing in a green and renewable approach for the deck of your beachfront home. Ipe, which is an exotic type of hardwood, is a material most commonly used. An alternative to this is Garapa, which is equally as durable, yet less expensive. Other suitable materials include the following:
 
  • Composite
  • PVC
  • Capstock
  • ASA wood
 

Insulation

Closed cell insulation is the best material to invest in for this type of home. Not only does this keep out moisture, but it also helps to protect your hardwood flooring from getting warped as well. This type of insulation is a spray-type that is an alternative to fiberglass. This should specifically be used for the following areas:
 
  • Attic
  • Floors
  • Walls
 

Paint

This will depend on the type of material that is being painted; however, it’s highly recommended that you use low-VOC products if possible. Prior to the main coats being applied, your home’s exterior should be primed on all sides, which will help to ensure that as much water as possible is able to be kept out of the wood.
 
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