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Rick Roy | Rick Roy Construction

Having grown up in Chatham and worked in the construction business on Cape Cod for 35 years, Rick Roy—owner of Rick Roy Construction in Harwich—knows what it takes to build homes that will stand up to the fierce conditions that can come with waterfront living. Even when homeowners choose to outfit their homes with materials from some of the country’s top building manufacturers—such as Pella Windows and Doors—it takes the skills and experience of a contractor like Rick Roy to ensure these products are installed properly to protect seaside homes inside and out.

Sustainable Living by the Sea

According to Roy, the biggest challenge of building in a coastal environment is wind-driven rain. Well-constructed buildings are nearly airtight because of how they are insulated, which results in very few leaks, but when the wind blows at 60 miles per hour with driving rain, the mechanics of a giant vacuum are created, sucking the water into the home. “Windows, doors, and outdoor light fixtures all have to be sealed to the nth degree,” says Roy. “A house on the water takes a ‘helluva’ beating.”

Despite the challenges of building a home on the water, when Roy is asked about the benefits of seaside living on Cape Cod, he simply recalls looking out at the coastal landscape around his own home in West Dennis. “It’s indescribable to wake up and look out over the marsh. West Dennis Beach is across from my house,” he says. Still, as an experienced Cape Cod builder, Roy knows better than anyone why it’s important to use top notch building materials to withstand the unpredictable ways of Mother Nature.

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