When you live in a coastal area like southeastern North Carolina, there are certain considerations to take in to account when making flooring decisions. The area is humid and damp, so mildew can become a problem. Plus, the perpetually swampy, marshy ground can impact the length of time a floor lasts.
Below, we’ve talked about some of Brunswick County’s most famous coastal locations and the kinds of flooring that best fit those towns — environmentally and stylistically.
Luxury Vinyl Tile in Ocean Isle Beach
Ocean Isle Beach is known by locals as the “Gem of the Brunswick Islands.” It’s considered part of Myrtle Beach’s metropolitan area and is located roughly halfway between there and Wilmington, N.C. The town encompasses the entire island, and its economy is driven primarily by tourism. In fact, there’s only 525 year-round residents.
If you’re ready to become one of those residents (or one of the more common part-year residents), you’ve probably been researching the best flooring for coastal areas. In 1989, Hurricane Hugo devastated Ocean Isle. In 2008, it was named the “best restored beach” in America, but the reality of storms, like the more recent Hurricane Florence, is ever present.
That’s why we suggest luxury vinyl tile for your Ocean Isle home. It’s both waterproof and stain-resistant, which is important in storm-prone areas. Plus, it’s completely customizable, and you can get the look and feel of stone, tile, or even hardwood—for a fraction of the price.
Engineered Wood Floors on Bald Head Island
Bald Head Island is, above all, a nature preserve. It’s famous for sea turtle nesting, birdwatching, and an ecologically friendly, slow pace of life. The people who live there live by certain laws, which have been designed to limit human impact on the environment. What kind of laws? No cars, for one. Everyone has to drive around in golf carts—or better yet, not drive at all.
What’s the best flooring for coastal homes on Bald Head Island? Our pick is engineered wood floors. They’re made of real wood, eco-friendly (a big sell for Bald Head residents), and can be engineered from renewable woods like bamboo. They’re also harder and more moisture-resistant than solid wood floors, which is great for North Carolina’s soft, damp ground. Plus, they’re more cost-effective than solid wood and take way less effort to install—giving you more time to enjoy your new island home.
Porcelain Tile in Southport
Southport, N.C., is well-known for being the go-to filming location for movies set in small-town America. Nostalgic, charming, and full of character, in the past several years Southport has been experiencing a major population surge. Everyone wants a home there—and it’s easy to see why! With great food, great views, great golf, and a great climate, it’s got everything most Americans want.
Southport is a classic kind of town, and the classic coastal home flooring choice is absolutely your best bet for a new Southport house. And what’s more classic than porcelain tile? It’s the toughest tile option, more so than even ceramic or stone. It’s scratch-, stain-, and water-resistant—a necessity for life on the coast. Plus, it’s easy to clean, long-lasting, and gives you a wide variety of options to fit any style of Southport home.
Your Brunswick County home is waiting! Visit the Crystal Carpet and Flooring showroom to speak with an expert about the best flooring for coastal homes.