Living with a Salt Environment


Corrosion is a major factor when assessing homes that fall within a short distance of the ocean. It is more prevalent where wind and waves cause salt spray to become airborne and blow onto, and build up on building elements. Industry Regulations and product manufacturers have specifications to ensure properties constructed in a salt environment are designed to combat the effects of salt however that does not say as a home owner you do not need to do any maintenance. Protective coatings and regularly cleaning with fresh water is the best way to prevent corrosion. The most common items effected by salt spray are steel framing, roof screws, garage doors, door frame and handles and metal framing anchors. Coastal Home & Building Inspections provides Pre Purchase Building Reports and Body Corporate Dilapidation Reports that assess corrosion issues and advise on scope of works for repairs. For more information go to www.buildinginspectionsunshinecoast.com

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