Vinyl plank flooring in Milton

Vinyl plank flooring can take a toddler licking and keep on ticking

A growing family in Milton wanted to update the floors in their multi-purpose family room. They loved the look of wood floors, but they wanted something that could handle a couple of rough and tumble toddlers. This floor would have to take spills, toy, and trucks in stride, and it needed to be budget friendly too. With all the warm good looks of wood but the durability of vinyl, Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring was the right answer for this family. The finished product is stunning and our customers are as thrilled as we are!

If you’re searching for wood or wood-look floors for your home or business, Coastal Home Pros can help–give us a call to discuss options!

Luxury vinyl plank floors have the warmth of wood with vinyl's legendary durability.
These vinyl plank floors have the warmth of wood with vinyl’s legendary durability.
Privacy Fence in Gulf Breeze, Florida

Coastal Home Pros helped these homeowners enclose their Florida garden haven with a custom wood privacy fence

When the view inside your yard is a beautiful garden full of mature trees, specimen plants, and an arbor full of trailing vines, you don’t want to see your neighbor’s yard! We are honored these green thumb gardeners chose Coastal Home Pros to help enhance their gorgeous property with a wood privacy fence. Need a fence for your property? Check out our fencing guide, or give us a call to talk options!

These homeowners in Gulf Breeze wanted a wood privacy fence to surround a their garden oasis.
These homeowners in Gulf Breeze wanted a wood privacy fence to surround their beautiful property.
Laminate wood floors in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Reclaimed solid wood? Nope…it’s laminate!

You might think these gorgeous floors were vintage reclaimed wood, but they’re actually durable and affordable laminate! We just finished this job at a beautiful home in Fort Walton Beach and we are super excited about these after shots! These new floors really enhanced this home and added value for the homeowners. Laminate flooring can be a great option when you want the look of wood floors but you need something more budget-friendly. Want more info about wood and wood-look floors? Check out our guide to wood floors here, or give us call to discuss the flooring options that will work best for you!

Laminate wood floors in Fort Walton Beach, Florida add character and beauty.
These beautiful laminate floors we added to a Fort Walton Beach home have all the character of reclaimed wide-plank wood flooring!
Tile Backsplash in Crestview, Florida

Beautiful geometric tile gives this coastal Florida ranch kitchen a fresh new look

Our expert craftsmen just completed a beautiful new tile backsplash in this charming coastal kitchen. With its shades of gray and brown and geometric design, this backsplash is both classic and modern. A new backsplash can give your kitchen an entirely new look, livening up your space and refreshing your style. We know the homeowners will love cooking in their updated kitchen, and they can also look forward to dining al fresco on the new deck we added! (You can see their new deck here.) Big thanks to these great customers – we were honored to help you update your classic ranch home! If you need tile work, a new deck, or any type of renovation, construction, or home maintenance work done, give us a call today!

This gorgeous new tile backsplash in Crestview adds fresh life to a charming Florida ranch home.
This tile backsplash is right on trend, and gives this coastal Florida kitchen in Crestview a fresh new look.
Bring the indoors out with a new deck from Coastal Home Pros

Check out the new deck we recently completed in Crestview

The owners of this charming coastal ranch in Crestview are excited to expand their living space with this beautiful new deck. Made of treated wood, this deck was a fairly simple and straightforward project for our decking pros to complete. At Coastal Home Pros, we can tackle any project you can dream up. Whether you’ve got a flat spot, perfect for a low profile deck like this one, or your space requires a more complicated design, we’re ready. Give us a call to get started on your new deck today…and check out the stunning new tile backsplash we added to this home’s kitchen here!

A low profile deck adds charm and function to this coastal ranch home in Crestview.
Bring the indoors out in coastal Florida with a beautiful new deck from Coastal Home Pros!
Chain Link Fencing

Though Chain Link Fencing Sometimes Gets a Bad Reputation, It Can Be a Great Option For Many Homeowners

Chain link fencing is one of the most commonly seen fencing products in the United States today. From sports fields to industrial parks to residential homes, chain link is an affordable fencing option that gets the job done. Modern chain link manufacturers have made advancements in product quality and durability. Today, chain link is an even more attractive fencing option for some homeowners. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of chain link:

PROS

  • Price – Chain link is the most budget-friendly fencing option. The materials are affordable, and installation is relatively easy.  
  • Maintenance – Chain link fencing needs very little maintenance. The galvanized metal does not readily rust, and does not require coating or painting.
  • Safety – Chain link fencing is a relatively easy solution to problems of containing children and pets. It offers high visibility through the fencing material so that caregivers can see what is happening on the other side of the fence.
  • Appearance Options – Standard galvanized chain link fence can be “dressed up” with vinyl cladding. (Common options are green or black.) Other options include “California-style” chain link. In this style, chain link panels are connected to wooden posts, offering a hybrid look that many find appealing. 

THINGS TO CONSIDER

  • Appearance – Generic chain link (without vinyl coating or California-style construction) is often viewed as a less attractive fencing option. Because it is used so heavily in industrial settings, some residential neighborhoods may prohibit its use.
  • Residential security – Standard four-foot chain link, which is used in most residential applications, can easily be climbed over.
  • Lack of Privacy – Chain link fence offers clear sight lines through the fencing. If privacy is your goal, chain link is not your best choice.
Chain Link fencing is easy to climb
As any kid who’s hit a ball over a fence knows, climbing chain link is pretty easy!

Despite these concerns, chain link fencing can be the best option for many homeowners. And while it is possible to install chain link on a DIY basis, you’ll get a much longer life from your fence if you have it properly installed by licensed contractors. Coastal Home Pros is very experienced in the local fencing market, and has installed many chain link fences in Florida’s Panhandle and Emerald Coast communities. Give us a call to discuss your fencing options and get a free quote!

Coastal Home Pros is your wood flooring installation expert

Let Coastal Home Pros help you choose a wood floor that works for you

When it comes to flooring, you’ve got a plethora of choices these days. Whether you’re looking for vinyl, tile, or wood flooring, Coastal Home Pros can make sure the ground under your feet performs well, looks great, and fits your budget. 

Wood floors have always been one of the most classic and enduring flooring options for homeowners. From solid wood planks to engineered hardwoods, laminate, vinyl, and wood-look tile, you’ve got lots of options when wood flooring is on your shopping list. Read on for the skinny on all your wood and wood-look options. 

SOLID WOOD FLOORING

For many customers, solid hardwood is the gold standard when it comes to flooring. Solid hardwood floors have a warmth and beauty that has stood the test of time. The durability and beauty of oak floors have made them a popular choice for over a century. Though oak floors are often associated with traditional homes and architectural styles, they can also work beautifully in more modern settings. Other solid wood flooring options include maple, cherry, walnut, exotic hardwoods, and bamboo.

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The classic beauty of solid hardwood floors never goes out of style. Natural wood has a warmth and softness beneath the foot that simply feels good. And although time and traffic will eventually scratch your floors, solid hardwoods can be sanded and refinished multiple times over their life. Finally, solid hardwood floors are always a great investment when it comes to resale value. 

Things to Consider 

Despite solid wood’s many benefits, there are a few things to consider before choosing this option. First and foremost for many buyers: price. Solid hardwood is one of our most expensive options. If you choose a more exotic species, the price can really climb. The upfront cost will typically pay for itself over the long life of a solid wood floor, but if minimizing your cash out now is a prime concern, you may want to consider laminate or vinyl. 

Here Florida’s Panhandle, wood floors can mean extra maintenance. Water and sand are no friends of wood floors, so if you want a carefree indoor-outdoor lifestyle, solid wood may not be your best choice. Even if you’re not likely to come home from the beach dripping and sandy, think twice before installing solid wood in wet areas such as kitchens and baths. Natural wood swells with water absorption and can warp and rot with frequent exposure to moisture. If you want that warm wood look in your new master bath, consider vinyl or ceramic tile look-a-likes that will perform better in a wet setting. 

When it comes to warmth, touch, and feel underfoot, real wood flooring can't be beat
When it comes to warmth, touch, and feel underfoot, real wood flooring can’t be beat.

ENGINEERED WOOD FLOORING

The top layer of engineered wood flooring is a thin veneer of pre-finished hardwood. Under that veneer, the flooring is comprised of a high-quality plywood. 

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Plywood is made of layers that run perpendicular to each other, so this plywood core makes engineered hardwoods more dimensionally stable than solid wood. This gives engineered hardwoods a slight edge over solid wood when it comes to handling small amounts of moisture. Like solid hardwoods, engineered wood floors are considered a premium product when it comes to the resale value of your home. 

Things to Consider

Engineered wood flooring’s premium qualities come at a premium price. The cost for a high-quality engineered wood floor will be roughly similar to that of a solid hardwood floor. But unlike solid hardwoods, engineered wood can only be lightly sanded and refinished a limited number of times before the wood veneer disappears. Finally, though engineered wood handles moisture better than solid wood, it is still not your best choice for wet areas.

LAMINATE

Many people confuse laminate and engineered wood floors, but the two products are really quite different. Unlike engineered floors, laminate floors do not have a veneer of solid wood. Instead, the top layer is a high-quality image of wood grain fused to a thin fiber-core board. A clear wear layer on top protects the image from scratches and damage. 

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Laminate is a great budget-friendly choice for those who want the wood look without the price tag. Installation is relatively easy, and because laminate is a floating installation (not attached to the sub-floor or underlying surface), individual boards can be replaced if necessary relatively easily. When installed properly, laminate offers a bit more moisture resistance than solid or engineered wood. Laminate also stands up well to scratches and dings.

Things to Consider

Laminate doesn’t offer the same resale value as a real wood floor, nor does it offer the warmth of real wood under your feet. We recommend installing a foam underlayment to make the floor warmer and softer. Laminate cannot be refinished.

Laminate wood flooring is a better choice for kitchens where moisture might be a concern.
Laminate wood flooring may be a better choice for kitchens where spills and moisture might be a concern.

VINYL PLANK

Vinyl Plank—also called Luxury Vinyl Flooring or LVF—is another cost conscious option for wood-look floors that is often confused with laminate. Unlike laminate, vinyl planks are 100% synthetic material (plastic.) LVF comes in a wide variety of embossed textures and patterns that mimic real wood—sometimes quite closely.

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Vinyl is budget-friendly and easy to install. It is soft underfoot, very low maintenance, and completely waterproof. Higher-end LVF products have color-through 

Things to Consider

Saving money upfront can come with a cost later, as vinyl floors won’t help your resale value. Because it is soft, vinyl can tear and may dent under heavy furniture. The synthetic nature of vinyl can make it unappealing for sensitive customers; vinyl does not biodegrade, and it emits gases called VOCs that can cause problems for those with respiratory issues. 

WOOD-LOOK TILE

Ceramic and porcelain tile is an increasingly popular choice for those who want the look of wood without the higher cost or increased maintenance of real wood. 

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Tile is a low-maintenance flooring option that is both durable and beautiful. Today’s tile manufacturers are creating options that realistically mimic all types of wood, creating looks that range from sleek and modern to rustic and organic. Tile—especially porcelain options—works great in wet locations and stands up well to foot traffic and pets. Tile is low-maintenance and easy to keep clean, and can be an especially good choice in coastal environments with lots of sand and water. 

Wood-look tile is a great low-maintenance flooring option for those with kids and pets.
Wood-look tile is a great option for households with kids. This low-maintenance option is easy to keep clean and doesn’t harbor allergens and dust.

Things to Consider 

Ceramic tile can be cold and hard under your feet, though that effect can be offset with rugs. Grout lines need to be properly sealed and maintained to avoid stains that are difficult to clean. And although tile is generally a budget-friendly choice, prices can rapidly escalate with higher-end styles.

We’ve Got Wood Flooring Options

Whether you’re modern or traditional, budget conscious or looking to splurge on your forever house, we’ve got options that will give you a beautiful wood floor that goes the distance for your family. At Coastal Home Pros, we know how to handle the humidity, moisture, sand, and salt that accompany our coastal lifestyle. Our flooring experts will help you navigate the choices and install a floor that will work hard and look great today and for years to come. Give us a call today to get started!