Coastal zones are a dynamic and challenging environment for your next project. While it brings a beautiful seaside view to watch at all times of the day, the coastal climate is susceptible to various natural disasters.
Hurricanes, Tsunamis, Storm Surges, and Flooding are just some of the factors you’ll have to contend with to ensure your building stays standing. In this article, you’ll learn how equipment such as a Coastal Zone Access Panel helps secure the utilities in your building.
High winds are one of the first obstacles to securing your home. The proximity to the sea makes coastal zones one of the first and hardest hits when a hurricane makes landfall. In addition, it’s common for you to see small debris, such as tree branches, turn into small projectiles that batter your property.
Rain is another factor you have to live with at the coast. Because of the high moisture in the air over warmer water during the daytime, winds carry this air over land, which cools down the air and comes back down as rain. Not all areas combine these two factors, so you’ll need a durable access door that can withstand the elements.
Staying near the coastline means you’ll have to deal with saltwater daily. Steel and iron equipment near the sea are particularly vulnerable to corrosion without the proper treatment. Various metals start rusting rapidly when in contact with humid air near the sea.
While you can get access doors made from plastic impervious to corrosion, plastics simply don’t have the durability that steel provides. Since both have excellent corrosion resistance, you’ll likely see aluminum or galvanized steel for exterior access doors near the coast.
Evaporation is a process where liquids turn into vapor. This phenomenon often happens near the seaboard and can prove problematic for regular access doors.
Humidity is less of a problem in places with much air circulation since the water vapor has no time to settle. For places like behind access doors, where the temperature is usually colder, water starts to condense inside access doors and promotes mold growth and equipment deterioration.
The problems above show that you’ll need a specially built access door to deal with the harsh conditions of living near salt water. So, what makes coastal zone access panels special?
- A 24 gauge galvannealed steel door and a .080-inch extruded aluminum frame secure your utilities even in the most brutal storms. In addition, the galvanization + annealing (galvannealing) process makes the steel durable and has the same corrosion resistance as its aluminum frame.
- You’ll also rest easy knowing that this access door has an EPDM gasket that protects your equipment from the high moisture of the outside. Not only this, but the coastal zone access panel also features foam insulation with an R-value of 12, so your water pipes and electrical lines can keep running even on the hottest summer days.
This feature-packed access door has also undergone Florida Product Approval, ensuring that this is a product you can use in many construction sites in Florida. You can worry less about getting the correct approval and focus more on making your clients happy on your next project.
While saving money on your construction project is essential, it’s vital never to skimp on necessary equipment such as access doors. A solid access door will secure your client’s utilities for many years. You can also save your clients time and money in the future since they’ll have to replace it less often, and they can complete maintenance work sooner.
Show your clients that their well-being is your top priority by equipping them with only the finest access doors and panels.