Who wouldn’t want to live in Florida? The sun is always shining, “winters” are warm, and the professional sports teams are pretty good. Add the fact that beaches are minutes away, and it’s easy to see why many people choose to have homes built in the area.
Living in Florida isn’t as care-free as it seems though. Homes in the area are subjected to a climate that is vastly different from the rest of the U.S. That in mind, here are a few things you need to consider when designing your new home:
One thing you’ll notice about Florida is the humidity, especially in areas like West Palm Beach. This humidity can wreak havoc on homes ill-equipped to handle it. Avoid using wood or certain masonry on the exterior of your home as they take a beating in humid weather. If these additions are must-haves, make sure they are treated to repel moisture or you’ll have to deal with mold and rot often.
The warm temperature is one of Florida’s selling points, but it can get old pretty quick when you start living in the area. You can keep your home cool by adding insulation in your attic space. Installing a white metal roof can also help keep the temperature in your home down.
These are only a few things you should consider when having a home built in Florida. If you want to learn more, do not hesitate to consult respected contractors in the area.