Coastal Engineering - Amphibious Housing

Longevity of Amphibious Homes  - Corrosion of Structural Elements

Credits: Power Corrosion Consultants, Ltd.
One issue that needs to be further analyzed with respect to the  structural integrity of amphibious homes is how elements of the house deal with environmental conditions and weathering.  Water, and especially saltwater, exposure places unique stresses on a building by slowly wearing away at the structural elements.  With amphibious homes the key structural components exposed to moisture are the steel posts and collars that link the floating foundation to the ground.  As flood waters rise, these members are submerged in liquid and are susceptible corrosion and rusting.  The long-term effects of these weathering effects should be documented throughout an amphibious home's life cycle.

Hurricane Hazard Evacuation

Although amphibious homes are designed to prevent water damage from flooding, this does not make them invulnerable to other types of damage in a severe hurricane event.  Some of the more dangerous hazards include floating or airborne debris that could collide with the exterior of the home.  The design of an amphibious home does not account for increased safety from projectile hazards.  Because of this and other dangers, it would be not be advisable to stay in an amphibious home for the duration of a hurricane event   The residents of an amphibious home should adhere to the recommendations of local officials with regards to evacuation.