Tough Materials for Coastal Climates

Salt air, sun, and sea often mean harsh treatment for oceanfront digs. We gathered the best hardy materials, tips, and ideas for rock-solid coastal homes.

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Flooring #4: Porcelain tile
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Flooring #4: Porcelain tile

Popular in warm climates because of its smooth, cool feel under bare feet, this indoor/outdoor material is water resistant and especially durable, thanks to its high density.

Note: A higher density means a much heavier product, so porcelain may take longer to install and require stronger support underneath.

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