DIY Projects to Protect Your Coastal Home

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Owning or renting a coastal, waterfront property is an attractive prospect for many people. You get beautiful views and fresh sea air to enjoy. It’s the perfect way to experience a more outdoor lifestyle, and you might even be lucky enough to get a warm climate. However, there can be problems that go along with having a seaside home. The air is often a lot more humid and the weather can be unpredictable.

When it gets wet or windy, homes can be affected by not just rain and wind but sand and salt too. And then there are eroding coastlines and rising water levels to worry about.

If you live in a coastal home, here are some of the DIY projects you should consider.

Storm Protection

Not every seaside location is going to receive stormy weather, but many of them do. Even in your Caribbean paradise, you could end up having to batter down the hatches once a year. Wind and rain are often things you have to worry about when you live by the sea. And not only will they damage your home, but they will bring sand and salt with them too.

When it gets wet and windy, there’s salt in the water that can even strip paint off your home. Sand can also be picked up by the wind and scratch your windows. High-performance masonry paints and shutters on your windows can help to prevent these problems.

Bulkhead Installation

Coastal erosion and rising water levels are a real problem for anyone living by the coast. In extreme cases, homes can end up eventually falling into the sea. Some people take the move of relocating their home further back from the coast.

However, there are other things you can do. Many coastal homeowners install a bulkhead to keep the water from causing further erosion. Vinyl bulkhead material is one of the most popular choices for this task, due to its cost-effectiveness. However, you can also use treated wood and other materials to do the job.

Insulation and Draught Protection

It can often be a little colder and wetter living by the sea. Not all coastal homes are tropical paradises. The cold and wet air can lead to problems with damp and draughts throughout the property.

Keeping your property insulated and making sure there are no air leaks will help to protect the whole building. It will also make everything more energy-efficient. The roof should be insulated, and so should the walls. It’s also a good idea to pay attention to exterior windows and doors.

Controlling Damp

Due to the humid air, damp can also be a problem for coastal properties. A damp proofing course is one way to help prevent any issues. It can ensure that the home remains dry from the basement to the attic. It’s also important to control the levels of moisture in the home by avoiding creating too much condensation.

Properties by the sea come with their own set of problems and can be more affected by the weather. Nevertheless, these issues can still be managed.

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If you want something done, do it yourself; other wise it’ll never get done. Learn to do it if you don’t know and never despair until you finish what has to be done.
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