Waking up to ocean breezes is the stuff that summer dreams are made of, but all the sun and salt in the air also means high maintenance.
Summer is almost here and there’s no better time than now to get your beach home ready for the season.
Here are some things you must pay attention to.
Paint will protect your home from the natural elements, but even the very best quality paints need frequent maintenance in extreme conditions.
The sun’s UV rays break down chemical compounds in paint causing fading. It may not be noticeable until you compare a sun-exposed portion to a newly-painted or non-exposed portion. Dark colours are particularly vulnerable but even whites can yellow.
During a hot summer, you might notice the paint on your door bubbling or blistering. The problem is that when it does pop, the wood becomes exposed and should be repaired immediately.
The sun dehydrates paint over time and causes chemicals to rise to the surface. You may see a fine layer of white powder on top of a painted surface that looks like chalk. To delay this, remember you need to prime and use high-quality paint like ours.
Salt air can damage almost all metals. If the metal isn’t naturally-resistant (like copper) or powder coated for protection, it will need to be painted to protect it from moisture. It’s particularly important to keep any seaside metal clean and free from bird droppings. Sea salt is hard to see but wiping down metal railings with a slightly damp rag often can help.
Beach homes with stuccoed exteriors need diligent maintenance because once moisture seeps into a crack, it will travel to spots where the stucco’s bond is loose. Ultimately, not only will the crack need to be repaired, but stucco may need to be chipped away to release the trapped water or dry out moisture. Usually, a bubble will appear to indicate trapped water.
Staining wood doors will keep moisture out, but the warm weather will wear it down. Expect to maintain a wood door annually regardless of how much sun it gets.
Homes within a few steps of the beach could realistically expect annual maintenance to painted surfaces. The most important thing to do is catch the damage early. In a coastal environment it is extremely important that the surface you’re painting or staining is prepped properly. All peeling paint should be sanded off to ensure complete removal. Look for signs of warping or rotting wood and replace if necessary.
Painting over damaged surfaces further damages the surface underneath as moisture becomes trapped in the wood underneath the paint. Also, the paint may not adhere to the surface as well.
To sum up, we’d say that with a little attention to detail and timely maintenance your dream house will stand the test of time.
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