Coastal Building Poses Special Challenges
By Marvin Windows
April 23, 2014
There’s no tougher environment for buildings than on the coast. Coastal environments dish out salt, sun, wind, sand, storms and moisture — all of them elements that can degrade a building before its time.
Windows and doors are perhaps the most critical pieces of a coastal building. As the only features intended to bridge indoors and out, they must do their job without fail — letting in the outdoors when it’s desired, but keeping those elements at bay when needed.
If you live on a coast, or intend to build there, you owe it to yourself to check out Marvin’s unsurpassed range of Coastal Complete solutions. Our revolutionary extruded aluminum cladding meets AAMA (American Architectural Manufacturers Association) 2605 requirements. In layman’s terms, that means it’s been tested and verified for lasting durability. Marvin’s durable and elegant hardware is engineered to work seamlessly with our windows and doors. It’s available with a PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) finish, a state-of-the-art process that resists fading and discoloration due to sunlight, humidity, and other coastal conditions.
We offer select, stable wood species that enhance performance year round, each with its own unique color, character and grain. They’re specially selected to have the high quality, beauty and durability characteristics you expect from Marvin. Vertical Grain Fir and Mahogany, known for their durability, provide high resistance to decay, and offer minimal shrinkage, making them the optimum choice for coastal areas.
Your coastal windows and doors must protect against flying debris, driving rain, hurricane force winds, cyclic pressure, and more. They’re the first line of defense in a severe storm — when windows blow out, the roof may well be the next thing to go. Marvin’s Coastal Complete offerings are certified for energy efficiency and rigorously tested by third party agencies to meet or exceed the most stringent coastal codes. And All StormPlus® products have DP Ratings (Design Pressure) that meet or exceed industry standards.