There is nothing better than waking up to the sounds of the ocean every morning and enjoying the coastal lifestyle. But while a stay-cation lifestyle is fantastic for the soul, living next to the waves does require specific maintenance.
Some realities of owning a seaside home include rust, mildew and corrosion - which are all caused as a result of air moisture, salty sea breezes and sun exposure. However, there are a few tips that you can implement to ensure that your seaside stay is headache free.
Rust And Corrosion
Rust is an iron oxide, which is usually formed by the iron, oxygen and moisture in the air. When left untreated, any metalwork in your home (such as gates and window panes) can become riddled with rust.
Due to coastal spray and humidity, these fittings are generally the first to go. In order to prevent this, make sure that all steel or metal fittings are primed and treated. You should also routinely check for surface damage, where rust could creep in.
To altogether avoid rust, in your seaside abode, try to replace metal parts with aluminium or fibreglass - as these are less-corrosive. If you have to keep your metal parts, ensure that they are galvanised for maximum protection.
During the rainy months in the Dolphin Coast, you should be on the lookout for any early signs of dampness - these spots are generally the perfect breeding ground for mildew and mould.
Homes near the ocean, regularly experience strong winds on rainy days - which ups the dampness factor.
Mildew and mould are fungi that thrive in moisture, so it is essential to keep your home as dry as possible. Ensure to check dimly lit corners, where damp tends to accumulate at a faster rate.
To avoid mildew or mould from developing, you should go over the exterior of your home and fix any leaks, broken pipes or holes in the roof/ceiling.
While the sea and sun combo is most people's dream lifestyle, any piece of outside furniture, finishes and other outdoor elements are taking the brunt of weather conditions.
Unfortunately, once the sun has caused damage, there is very little you can do to reverse it. For this reason, it is vital that you take precautionary measures to avoid this from happening.
Apart from investing in furniture covers and sheathing, there is a wide range of UV-protection products that you can apply to your furniture for the best coverage.
While the maintenance of your seaside home may seem like a hassle, the lifestyle you get while living next to the ocean far outweighs any negatives. With a few preventative measures - you can ensure your home's longevity all year round.
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