Maintenance Tips for Coastal Homes

Proper maintenance of your beach house ensures that you protect one of the biggest physical assets in your possession. A home will require a few measures here and there to ensure that it remains in good condition. You will be surprised, though at the care that beach property demands. Seaside weather can be brutal on houses if they don't get the attention they deserve. It is common for homeowners to underestimate what the environment can do to a home. If you wish to get a permanent residence for your holidays in the coastal region of New Zealand, find out about the maintenance necessary to keep it from getting damaged.

Quake Safe your Residence

Being in the Pacific Rim, New Zealand experiences occasional earthquakes, meaning your house should have proper proofing. Establishing a few measures will minimise the level of damage and prevent injuries in such circumstances. Firstly, ensure that pictures and other wall hangings have strong fastenings so that any shaking that takes place will not cause them to fall all over the place. Tall furniture can be particularly dangerous because it can fall at the slightest quake. The best protection is to use brackets for furnishings that bolt them to the walls. You can find restraining kits for items such as water heater cylinders for added safety. For small items and ornaments, placing non-slip mats or putty will have the desired effect. New Zealand's Earthquake Commission has a resource guide that provides safety tips for safe-quaking a home.

Rust

Perhaps the biggest worry when maintaining a house on the beach is rust. The salty and humid seaside air provides the perfect environment for rust buildup on iron. For homes with iron parts, you can have them galvanised or paint them over with red lead. When conducting repairs; make certain to use galvanised screws so that they can hold joints for a long time. Consider rust prevention measures that are present in a home before making an investment. Changing a few things such as the springs in your garage door may save you the trouble of checking them every few months. Powder coating is another way to protect metal surfaces from rust.

Exterior Surfaces

Exposure to sunlight and the seaside air degrades exterior surfaces very fast. Wall paint provides protection from condensation and UV rays, but after a while, the wear will start to show. Constant exposure to the sun’s rays will cause the paint to degrade, causing it to bleach. Such exteriors will be left to the mercy of the elements because the paint no longer serves its purpose. Blistering is another challenge to deal with when exteriors have to survive almost a third of the year in the sun. When painting blisters, they start to chip, leaving the walls bare to the seaside air. For durable exteriors and a beautiful house, schedule regular paint jobs. Once or twice every year of painting will ensure that exterior walls receive maximum protection. If the painting project is a DIY, identify the best products and the right processes. For example, sanding the walls before paint application will provide a smooth surface.

The Pool

For owners of Papamoa homes with swimming pools, regular cleaning and occasional emptying will keep them safe for use throughout the year. For a pool in a heavily treed area, make certain to remove debris and dirt that may fall in. The maintenance necessary for a pool depends on its type. A concrete one, for example, may need painting once in a while. Before emptying a pool, contact the manufacturer for advice on the best way to approach the exercise. You may inadvertently disturb the settling of the swimming pool while trying to empty it. Also, check with the regional council about the rules that you need to adhere to when discharging pool water. Try to reduce the levels of chlorine in the water before removing it by using a de-chlorinator or leaving the pool open for a time.

Boundaries

Homes that are too close to the beach may have an algae problem. With the excessively humid air, the growth of algae and mould is quite fast. Jet cleaning can help keep these organisms away from your boundaries. Make a point of checking the bottom of walls and fences that are very near the seaside.

Central Heating Systems

The high amount of salt in the air can wreck havoc on the heating and cooling system. You cannot afford to have the radiators malfunctioning, especially during the hot summer in New Zealand. Arrange for the servicing and maintenance of appliances as often as possible and change filters twice a month.

Exposed Woodwork

The salt residue that settles on wooden surfaces can cause them to rot and degrade very quickly. There is the threat of mildew and moisture getting inside woodwork that is not well covered. Besides doors, outdoors furniture can take a beating from exposure to the seaside air. Staining works very well in protecting wooden surfaces. Get doors and floor stained at least twice a year. Furniture covers will ensure your deck chairs and other outdoor furnishings don't take in too much moisture. Additionally, a good rinse once a week will get rid of the salt that may have accumulated on the surfaces.