Building at the Beach

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From windows to decking, find recommendations on the best materials for building on the coast.

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Windows
Photo: Terry Pommett

Windows

Many builders were once leery of cladding on window frames because we'd seen the worst examples―materials that separated from the wood and encouraged leaks and rotting. Plus, the early products just looked cheap. Those days are gone. The top window manufacturers now offer reliable cladding that seals well in the harshest weather, holds shape and color over the long haul, and requires little or no maintenance.

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