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Keep your coastal home safe and looking great

By Berit Griffin March 3, 2015

It’s National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, and if you think that you won’t be affected by severe weather, think again. From earthquakes to hurricanes to tornadoes to blizzards to floods, every single area of the country has the potential to have severe weather, and it’s important to be prepared.

Some of the areas most affected by severe weather are the coasts. Sun, salt, sand and the risk of hurricanes: it can put houses to the test! If you’re on the coast, and want your home to stand up to the elements, there are some important considerations to make when choosing building materials, especially windows and doors.

  • Clad-wood windows are popular for a reason: they offer the classic beauty of wood on the interior, with durable cladding on the exterior. They’re low maintenance AND beautiful. But coastal weather can do a number on cladding. Remember that not all cladding is created equal. Roll form aluminum, frequently used in cladding, has the thickness of a soda can. It’s not exactly going to stay strong in the face of a strong coastal storm. Extruded aluminum cladding (that’s what we use), has the thickness of a quarter, and can stand up to storms. Plus, our Kynar finish helps prevent chalking and fading, keeping your color bright and true for years to come. don’t just take our word for it though–the American Architectural Manufacturers Association has certified our cladding as meeting their 2605 requirements.
  • Some coastal areas, especially on the East Coast, call for an all wood window. Wood windows perform admirably on the coast, giving a traditional look with modern performance. Vertical Grain Douglas Fir and mahogany resist decay–try these species for the best coastal wood solution.
  • If your window or door hardware has rusted or corroded, you’re going to find yourself pretty unhappy with your home’s fenestration products. And it’s all too easy for the challenging coastal environment to take its toll. Luckily, Marvin uses a Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) finish. It even helps prevent the fading of your hardware!
  • If you live in a region of the coast where hurricanes are likely to occur, your local building codes probably already specify window and door products with impact-resistant glass. When a hurricane hits, it’s important that your home maintain its structural seal. Marvin’s StormPlus products have glass that can help prevent damage from heavy rain and flying debris (like tree branches).

A little preparation goes a long way when it comes to staying safe in severe weather. If you’re in a coastal area, think about your home and how you can help protect it, high quality windows and doors are a great start. Most importantly be safe — houses can be replaced, but people can’t.