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No matter where you choose to put down roots, there are always some issues you have to deal with. An east-coast dwelling needs safeguarding against hurricanes. Along the Great Lakes, you need a snow blower.


Are they problems or are they just the realities of life? If you're happy where you live, chances are you're pretty stoic about the unique characteristics of your hometown and you aren't bothered by the special conditions you deal with.

Having a desert home around Phoenix means you have to plan for dealing with low humidity and high temperatures. These conditions are perfect for transplanted easterners who are trying to achieve freedom from their pollen- and mold-based allergies, but it also means there are considerations to care for your off-season toys and tools.

If your digs in Phoenix feature a redwood deck, you probably learned quickly what you need to do to keep it looking beautiful. Think of your home the same way you think of yourself: In Arizona, you need to keep high-SPF sunscreen handy, while your umbrellas will accumulate considerable dust. For your house, ultraviolet protection is a must, while water damage isn't such a concern.

And if your deck has been neglected for a few years, there's still hope to restore and stabilize it. Experts at redwooddeckrefinishing.com can even help you reverse the aging brought on by that two-edged sword we call the sun. The impact on the long-term durability of your deck is undeniable; if you aren't convinced, hang on to a scrap of untreated wood for about five years and compare its appearance to your treated areas.

Not so many miles away is the very different Southern California climate. In addition to seismic concerns, the West Coast sunshine comes down on very different conditions than those of the desert southwest. Life on the windward side brings in corrosive salt that necessitates careful attention to metal items like vehicles, wrought iron, and even charcoal grills.

And the overall wetter climate means that you must prepare not just for rainfall but occasional excessive rainfall; flash floods, while they do occur in Arizona, are considerably more frequent in SoCal and mandate cautious driving and attention to placement of buildings, pets, and landscaping.

A common cross borne by both areas is the threat of wildfires. Both states see a periodic threat of unusually large and destructive wildfires. Santa Ana winds draw dry air from Arizona into the southern end of California, fanning it with warm, parched air that sets the stage for canyon-blasting conflagrations. Arizona's perpetual dryness leaves chaparral and other fuels as prime kindling at any time. Consequently, living in either area means you do simple mitigation steps like brush removal, and that you choose appropriate building materials like brick and clay instead of wood.

Your home environment is just to your liking or you probably won't stay there long. Whatever unique traits it possesses, there are things you need to think about to keep your home safe and in good condition.