Wide Verandas And Durable Products Are The Design & Build Products For The Coast.

Wide Verandas And Durable Products Are The Design & Build Products For The Coast.

A couple of years ago we built this holiday home (nice for some – attractive Queenslander style) in a very remote location of the Wairarapa coast line. Being in such a harsh environment I thought I’d touch on the kinds of materials that were (or should have been) used to resist corrosion – we didn’t get it completely right but we did learn from our mistakes – the hard way. One mistake we made is that the veranda balusters were nailed on with galvanised brads – which I would have thought would have been okay. They were not. We had to replace them with stainless steel. In fact I’d go as far as saying that in this environment all external fixings other than the roof should be in stainless steel. The additional cost in minimal when compared with durability. Other products I would recommend near the coast (or in geothermal areas) are Colorsteel Maxx roofing (developed to withstand higher salt concentrations), Palliside PVC weatherboards (not something I’d suggest for a replica villa but near the coast – fantastic. I must say that we were first asked to use this product on a contemporary style house about 20 years ago and to today it looks great and never had a paint brush near it. The only thing I dislike is that it requires big chunky jointers where the boards butt together so visually not that attractive). That although I like PVCu weatherboards I hate PVC spouting – it’s okay short term but after a few years starts to look tacky, and goes hard and brittle with age – it’s a completely different material to the weatherboards. Personally I feel the best product is Continuous Spouting and that’s because there are fewer joints – it’s the joints that corrode first. It costs more to build by the beach. But remember, it’s never what you pay but what you get for your money that’s important. Oh by the way, that although our head office is based in Masterton Moss Brothers have licensed reputable building firms to build our homes in Wellington/Hutt Valley, Kapiti Coast, Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Wairarapa, Canterbury and Auckland. At any stage you can have an obligation free chat with your closest one. If you have any questions or comments please ask them using the Enquiry section of the website or phone on 06-370-2058. Oh just one last thing, you have our permission to forward this or anything else by Moss Brothers on or share it with others that you think could benefit from this advice.

 

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