When people design and build homes, they first take into account things like affordability, neighborhood vibe, and proximity to favorite spots. In places like Portland, OR, it is always wise to consider environmental conditions as well. Salty Pacific Ocean air is a huge factor in construction. This is especially true for choosing the materials used for fences and decks.
A Common Problem with Salt on Wood
Microscopic salt particulates can corrode virtually any material. Metals, polymers, concrete, and especially wood are susceptible to salt. Portland residents have a particular problem with ocean salt mist because of prevailing winds from the coast, and the year round wet climate. Some places with ocean influence have relatively low corrosion rates because they enjoy regular sunny days. Portland, however, can go for months without warm sunny weather, which makes salt corrosion virtually guaranteed.
On fence rails and decks, “fuzzy wood” is a tremendous problem. This condition happens when salt particles collect in the grains of wood planks and rails. The particles attach to each other and expand, causing an effect that is strikingly similar to mold. In fact, most people mistake fuzzy wood for mold. Fuzzy wood causes discoloration, shortened wooden structure lifespans, and problems with the health of nearby plants. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2so7srU