Wayne Higson is an award-winning builder and the recipient of the Better Homes and Garden magazine award. He has been a licensed general contractor in North Carolina since 1989.
This photo guidebook was published to show coastal homeowners how to adapt their homes to the everyday challenges presented by a coastal environment.
My wife Elizabeth
The brass-plated entrance hardware on this expensive fiberglass door has already corroded. The salt-air will quickly tarnish and corrode hardware not designed for the coastal environment
Doors and windows should be designed for the coastal environment. The photo shows a beautiful fiberglass entry-door system sidelight and a solid entry lock
A well-maintained waterfront property that looks and functions as it should, this home reflects value and beauty. PVC trim will not warp, rot, or absorb moisture. Photo courtesy of Versatex PVC trim products. Reference the Coastal Products Directory.
Sand in the fins and excessive corrosion on your compressor units can affect the performance, reduce the life of the unit, and lead to thousands of dollars in replacement cost.
A noncorrosive, weather tight exterior light fixture with a sealed bulb to keep out salt moisture and wind-driven rain. Reference the Coastal Products Directory.
A place to relax and enjoy the view with family and friends, the coastal deck is an extension of your home.
Coastal homes are often buffeted by high winds and wind-driven rain. The salt environment has weathered the paint, exposing the wood. This home is in need of exterior surface preparation and primer prior to painting with a premium severe-weather paint.
In coastal areas, the placement of a water heater is very important. Water heaters need to be monitored closely for corrosion.
A coastal roof should do more than just beautify your home. The roof system should be designed and installed to with-stand high winds and the coastal environment. Tropical storms, hurricanes and even winter storms, can create serious damage to roof coverings. When roofing materials fail and blow-off, water damage and high winds can lead to dangerous structural damage.
Deteriorated or damaged exterior wall and roof-vent caps in a coastal environment is a major cause of water intrusion. They should be repaired or replaced immediately.
After you have winterized your pool, it is a good idea to install a pool cover to prevent wind-driven sand and debris from entering the pool.
Watch flags are posted to warn of the impending storm, high surf, and rip currents.
Vacationers are always looking for a more relaxing and better vacation experience, so why not have a big beach umbrella available or have a beach-gear rental company deliver one on demand so family and friends can relax in the shade.