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.

Flooring #1: White oak
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Flooring #1: White oak

There's a reason this hardwood flooring is popular—it's both affordable and highly scratch resistant, and its less porous surface reacts well to stains and paints, so you can customize the look.

Note: White oak floors have a pattern that may be too noticeable for some tastes. (For lighter lines, try maple.)

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