Building in a salty environment, such as near the ocean or in coastal regions, requires careful planning and consideration to ensure the longevity and durability of the structure. The presence of salt in the air and water can lead to corrosion, decay, and other forms of damage to building materials. Here are some tips we keep in mind when building in a salty environment.

Building In a Salty Environment

  • We choose building materials that are specifically designed to resist corrosion in salty environments. Aluminum, galvanized steel, and non-corrosive alloys are good choices for structural elements, fasteners, and fixtures.
  • Our painters use high-quality paints and coatings that are designed to withstand the harsh effects of saltwater and salty air. These coatings provide an additional layer of protection against corrosion.
  • Elevate the building’s foundation to reduce the risk of water intrusion during storm surges and high tides. Ensure that the site is properly graded to allow water to drain away from the building.
  • Incorporate proper ventilation systems to help minimize the buildup of moisture and salt in the air. Good air circulation can reduce the concentration of corrosive elements on surfaces.
  • Select flooring materials that are resistant to salt exposure, such as concrete, porcelain tiles, and certain types of treated wood. These materials are less likely to degrade due to salt exposure.
  • Sealing gaps, cracks, and openings in the building’s envelope to prevent salt-laden air and water from infiltrating the interior spaces. This can help maintain the structural integrity of the building.
  • Choosing salt-tolerant landscaping plants and materials for the surrounding area. This can help reduce the amount of salt carried by the wind and water onto the building.
  • There are always local building codes, regulations, and guidelines specific to constructing in a coastal area. These regulations may include requirements for building materials, setbacks, and structural design. Our team is well versed in these codes.

It’s important to remember that building in a salty environment requires a comprehensive approach that takes into account various factors, including materials, design, and maintenance. Complete General Contracting Group has the experienced architects, engineers, and contractors familiar with coastal construction to ensure that your building stands up to the challenges posed by salt exposure.