Got A Sea Facing Home? 4 Ways To Protect It


Mumbai skyline view from Marine Drive in Mumbai. Image credit-istockphoto.com
Mumbai skyline view from Marine Drive in Mumbai. Image credit-istockphoto.com

Mumbai’s coastline is the envy of its neighbours and every Mumbaikar’s pride. Some of the city’s best homes are next to the shore, allowing its residents access to fresh sea breezes and an unobstructed view. But all this comes at a price as the moisture-laden winds can wreak havoc on both your health as well as your furniture.  But worry not. Here are 4 tricks to ensure that your home near the sea will never lose its charm.

1) Choose Paints Wisely

We cannot overstate how important this is. Living near the sea exposes your home to weather that can damage its colour, texture and strength. One way to prevent this is using use Elastomeric and Fenomastic paints  that don’t let the moisture percolate into the wall. Try using PU (Polyurethane) paints and polishes at the planning stage itself for long-lasting protection.

Neutral shades add a touch of calmness and minimalist beauty but go bold if you must. Image credit- istockphoto.com
Neutral shades add a touch of calmness and minimalist beauty but go bold if you must. Image credit- istockphoto.com

 

2) Avoid Wood

Wood has a tendency to degenerate when exposed to heavy humidity and moisture-laden seas breezes can wreak havoc on wooden flooring. So avoid using wood in such a situation. Instead, use vitrified tiles that can look as good as wood. However, if you are still stuck on using wood, make sure you use seasoned teak wood or wood laminates – both of which can last a long time.

Use wooden laminates instead of wood to add warmth to the interiors. Image credit- istockphoto.com
Use wooden laminates instead of wood to add warmth to the interiors. Image credit- istockphoto.com

 

3) Use Glass

You cannot go wrong with glass when living next to the sea. Glass is highly durable and does not get affected by moisture. Use generous amounts of glass in the form of large windows, sliding doors and even room partitions. Use different textures of glass including stained, tinted, satin or clear glass in your house to add variety.

Glass is resistant to moisture and should be used liberally. Image credit- istockphoto.com
Sunlight streaming through the glass sliding door. Image credit- istockphoto.com

 

4) Use Fabric Blends

Take extra care while choosing fabrics for your upholstery and home furnishing. Use fabric blends which are a combination of natural as well as synthetic fibers. These blends don’t wear and tear easily and are the perfect material to use in humid environments.

Blended fabric curtains to go with the colour theme of your house
Blended fabric curtains to go with the colour theme of your house

 

Edited By Nikhil Narayan Sivadas

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