Ideal Disaster-Resistant Construction Materials for Coastal Projects



History has shown that the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. is no stranger to dangerous storms. Back in 2012, Hurricane Sandy tore up the coastal area from the Appalachian Mountains all the way down to the tip of Florida. Despite the damaging storms, the beach has always been a hotspot for American vacations and retirement living, making it an ideal target for the coastal construction market. Some shores, like New Jersey’s coastline, are still recuperating from the striking aftermath of raging hurricanes and are still in the process of rebuilding. But, constructing a disaster-resistant structure requires building materials that are able to withstand nature’s hard hits such as bright sun, strong wind, sand, rain and snow.


Determining which materials to work with can be a lengthy process because the products need to be sturdy and reliable, as well as be able to fit in the project budget. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina managed to cost the country 125 billion dollars in damages, and there’s no telling when the next storm will occur. But, with these sturdy, impact-ready building materials, structures will be more likely to stand a chance.



Integrity Windows by Marvin Windows and Doors – Marvin’s Integrity line of windows are storm resistant and are a great choice for withstanding the worst of conditions. They are designed to handle winds up to 140 mph with a fiberglass construction that provides concealed reinforcement without manual bolt-on fasteners. Plus, they meet the standards of ENERGY STAR for conserving energy.


Therma-Tru Impact Rated Doors – Therma-Tru offers numerous door products that are impact-rated, meaning they meet the regulations of coastal and high-wind region codes. The doors offer added protection in extreme weather conditions with Lip-Lite framing, steel plate door structuring and laminated glass that can be configured accordingly.


White Oak or Maple Wood Flooring – Certain wood types can endure harsh treatment from the salt water and sun, and white oak and maple are just a few. These wood types are scratch resistant and react well to paints and stains. White oak has a very noticeable pattern while maple has a much lighter pattern.


Metal Roofing – Using metal for the roof is highly beneficial for coastal structures, not only because it is durable, but also because it has energy efficiency. The roofing is typically applied in standing-seam panels that are long in length.


When architects draw up a design for a coastal home, these are some of the sturdy impact-ready building materials they might include due to their resistance to natural elements. For more details on coastal building materials, check out our catalogue or give us a call. We can work with you to determine the best product for your construction project.



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