If you’re lucky enough to live close to one of Australia’s beautiful beaches, like the owners of this new home in Casuarina, NSW, you know all the positives of living by the sea. There’s the pleasure of strolling down to the beach for a swim or a surf, enjoying the ever-changing ocean views and being thankful for the cooling afternoon sea breezes.
But when it comes to maintaining your home, one thing that’s not so positive about seaside living: the corrosive impact of salt-laden air on building exteriors such as windows and doors and security screens. Thankfully framing experts Alspec have developed the perfect solution with their
Opting for endurance
The design of this home called for expansive sliding doors and matching security screens at the junction of the indoor and outdoor living areas. Being just 200 metres from Casuarina beach, it was important windows and doors, security screening and framing products selected for this home could endure the potentially harmful effects of the marine environment. Salt air combined with rainfall and wind provides the perfect environment for acceleration of weathering and corrosion of building components.
Alspec’s ProGlide High Performance sliding doors were chosen for their high weather performance qualities and their ability to span floor-to-ceiling spaces and accommodate large expanses of single or double glazing. The ProGlide door’s construction, combined with the versatility of configuration options, made the doors ideal to provide extensive access to the outdoor areas.
Meanwhile, the same spaces required security and insect screens, and it was here that
Why choose Invisi-Gard over other screens?
Although there are many security and insect screens on the market made from aluminium and stainless steel, only those that have been specifically designed to address corrosion issues are suitable for the marine environment. Although both aluminium and stainless steel have inherent anti-corrosive properties, the endurance of a security screen relies on two key factors: the quality of mesh used and the method by which the mesh and the frame are attached.
Locked together but kept apart: While contact between aluminium and stainless steel is not an issue in dry climates, it becomes so in moist atmospheres, particularly in marine conditions. If the two dissimilar metals come into contact in the presence of an electrolyte (such as water), galvanic corrosion occurs. The best way to prevent galvanic corrosion is to isolate the two metals from each other, and
Enduring peace of mind
While the technical specifications behind