Selling a Home

Coastal Home Pros Can Help Make Your Property Shine

If you’ve ever sold a home before, you already know how important it is to clear out unnecessary junk and keep the place sparkling. Your home should present a fresh and clean face to potential buyers–you want them to be able too see themselves in the space. If your decor has too much personality (or too much clutter), they may not be able to visualize how their own style will work in the space. 

Our Handyman Services Can Help You Get Your Property In Tip Top Shape

Even if your home is clean and relatively neutral, you can still take steps to maximize your “sell-ability.” Choosy buyers want to know that your home is well-maintained. Simple things like sticking doors, burnt out light bulbs, missing or non-functional hardware, and dripping faucets can really turn a buyer off. Investing a little time up front to make sure everything is in good repair can save you big money when it’s time to move your home.

Start With Paint

If you’re drawn to assertive and eclectic color palettes and your walls reflect your penchant for bright and bold, you’ve probably been advised to paint by a realtor or a nosy neighbor. But even if your interiors are already relatively neutral, painting can be a great pre-listing move. Chipped trim and dingy walls full of nail holes just don’t inspire the love. And when you’re looking to move real estate fast, you want every buyer to fall in love with your home.

This house may seem charming and appealing, but according to Zillow, you should think twice before choosing yellow paint.

Zillow Paint Analysis Shows Clear Trends

In 2018, Zillow published their Paint Color Analysis with insights from over 135,000 sold home photos. Perhaps unsurprisingly, their sales price analysis showed a sales price premium for homes with cool, neutral paint colors. When it comes to bathrooms, pale grayish blue reigns supreme, while living spaces seem to demand a warm-toned neutrals. A red kitchen is a no-no, as is a brown dining room and a yellow exterior (yellow homes sold for roughly $3,400 less, on average). Perhaps the most surprising paint color insight from Zillow’s study? A black or charcoal gray door can add over $6,000 to the average sales price of a home! 

Call a Pro to Help You Knock Out the To-Do List

To Do List for Home Maintenance
Let Coastal Home Pros help you with your list!

Once you’ve got the paint situation under control, it’s time to think about some other details. Everybody who owns a home has a never-ending to-do list…fix the screen door, change the can light in the vaulted ceiling, replace the running toilet in the upstairs bathroom. When you’re busy with work and family, that list often seems to keep growing and growing! Whatever is on your list, you’ll want to cross everything off before you put your home on the market. Don’t miss your chance to make a great first impression on potential buyers!

Set Your Home Up For Success With Some Professional Help

If you’re thinking of sticking that For Sale sign in your yard, think about calling Coastal Home Pros first. Selling your home can be a process full of headaches and hassles, but we can help shorten that to-do list! We’ve got expert teams that can tackle everything from painting and minor repairs to major construction and renovation. We can help you at every step of the way–from getting your home in showcase condition to addressing any issues that crop up on inspection reports. The real estate market is hot here in the Panhandle and Emerald Coast. If you’re ready to list your home, we’d love to help! Call us today to schedule a free estimate!

$100 Ceiling Fan Install

Keep Cool and Stylish with a new Ceiling Fan

Summer’s heat is fast approaching, and they don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing! Get ready to handle Florida’s humid subtropical climate with a new ceiling fan. We can install a basic, single-story ceiling fan for $100*, and we can get it done right away. Call us today to book an appointment, and read on for tips on buying and using ceiling fans. 

*Prices will increase for vaulted or double height ceilings.

The Wind Chill Effect

First things first—let’s give you a little insight into just HOW ceiling fans work. Unlike your AC unit, ceiling fans don’t actually cool the room. Instead, they cool the occupants of the room through the evaporative process. When the fan blades rotate, it creates a breeze. When the relatively dry air passes over the skin, it evaporates perspiration and creates a wind chill effect. This is the same effect that makes our neighbors to the north flee south in the winter, but in your home, it’s on a much smaller scale. During the searing heat of summer, the wind chill effect is your friend, making you feel cooler without actually affecting the room temperature.

During the summer, you’ll want the blades to rotate in a COUNTER CLOCKWISE direction. This will push the cooling breeze down to the occupants. And there’s no need to keep the fan on when the room is empty–save money on your energy bills by flipping the switch when you leave the room!

Size Matters

So how do you know what size fan to install? The bigger the fan blades, the more air your fan will move. From a cooling perspective, it makes sense to go for the largest size fan that will fit in your room. But you want your fan to be properly sized for your space. A fan that is too large will look awkward and disproportional. Design experts recommend the following fan sizes:

Ceiling Fan Sizing Recommendations
Blade Span is the diameter of your fan (blade length x2).

Protect Your Head

In addition to thinking about the blade span of your new fan, it’s important to consider height. If you have 8 foot ceilings, you should look for a low profile or “ceiling hugger” fan. If you’re tall, you probably already know how important it is to avoid low-hanging fixtures. If you’re vertically challenged, don’t forget about visitors–you don’t want tall guests to knock their noggins in your home!

If you have higher ceilings, you may want to consider a downrod to drop the fan down from the ceiling. We recommend the following downrod lengths:

Ceiling Fan Downrod Length Recommendations
Downloads drop your ceiling fan down to the proper height for your room.

Don’t Forget the Great Outdoors!

Ceiling fans are not just indoor fixtures – porches and lanais are terrific places for ceiling fans. In addition to keeping you more comfortable, the breeze generated by a ceiling fan can make it difficult for mosquitos and other pesky bugs to fly. Cool and bug-free? Winner winner chicken dinner!

Ceiling fans can add style and function to porches and outdoor spaces.
This basketweave fan adds a decorative element to an outdoor porch.

These days, there’s a fan for every need and every style. Whether you want sleek and modern, classic and traditional, or something funky and totally eclectic, there’s a fan for you. If you’re planning to install in an exposed porch or outdoor space, make sure you pick a fan that is meant to handle exposure to the elements. You can pick up a great ceiling fan at any big box home improvement store, lighting store, or online.

If you’re ready to add style and cool breezes to your Florida home, give Coastal Home Pros a call to set up an installation appointment. Our Handyman Services contractors can handle any of your home maintenance needs!

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:


  • 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. 


  • 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. 


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.


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.


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—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. 


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! 

Vinyl fencing is a good option in coastal climates.

If you’re in the market for a new fence, Coastal Home Pros can help you navigate the choices and design the fence that meets your needs and complements your property.


Choosing a fencing material is an important first step when installing a fence. When choosing materials, we recommend considering the following:


Why are you building a fence? The function of your fence will often dictate its form. If you need to contain animals, you’ll want to consider height, sturdiness, and the spacing of any pickets or slats. Searching for privacy or noise reduction? A lightweight aluminum fence won’t meet your needs – look for wood or vinyl options with wide and tall slats. If you need privacy, look for taller wooden or vinyl slats with very narrow gaps.

Many of our customers here in sunny Florida need fencing around a pool. Pool fences are often governed by municipal regulations and building codes – do a little research or ask us for help! Your Coastal Home Pros fencing contractor can help you think through your fencing options and choose the best material for your job.


What do you want your fence to look like? Chain link is relatively inexpensive, but it’s utilitarian appearance may not blend with the aesthetics of your home and neighborhood. White picket fences evoke a certain old-fashioned charm that works well with traditional homes and cottages. Wrought iron conveys a sense of grandeur that’s perfect for larger homes. Other metal options – including aluminum and steel – have a sleek look that works well with modern homes. Treated-wood and vinyl fences have broad appeal and flexible design options.

At Coastal Home Pros, we can customize your fence to accommodate your personal style. Shadowboxing and scalloped profiles are some of our most popular choices. We can offer these styles in both wood and vinyl options.

Picket fences are a popular fence choice for many homeowners.
Scalloped picket fences are a popular choice for many of our customers.


Coastal Home Pros offers a wide range of fencing options at various price points. We encourage our customers to consider not just the up-front cost, but the ongoing maintenance costs as well. Our coastal Florida climate presents some unique challenges for fence maintenance. At Coastal Home Pros, we’ve had years of experience in this area. We can help you think through your options and make the right choice for your budget. 


Treated Wood Fencing

Pressure- or chemically-treated wood fencing is very common across the United States. Treated wood resists damage from both insects and moisture, and it is usually an economical choice. Flexible configurations and design options make this a popular option. 

Things to consider: Treated wood fences often look best when painted or stained. This adds maintenance costs, but will help extend the life of your fence. Treated wood pickets and slats are prone to warping and twisting. Using a reliable fencing contractor with expert local knowledge can help mitigate this issue. At Coastal Home Pros, we select our wood carefully to avoid this issue. 

Wood fences need proper maintenance, including paint or stain that is re-applied annually or semi-annually.
Wood fences perform best when they are stained or painted, especially in our moist coastal climate.


Cedar is known for it’s beauty and hardiness. It doesn’t warp or shrink, and it has a natural resistance to insects and decay. Left untreated, cedar will weather to a beautiful silvery gray, though the original reddish brown hue can be maintained by applying a penetrating sealer. 

Things to consider: Cedar can be more expensive than other options. And although it does have some natural resistance to decay, it often does not fare well when buried directly in the soil. Here at Coastal Home Pros, we recommend installing cedar posts into a concrete base. Alternatively, we can sink treated wood posts directly into the soil and attach cedar fencing to those posts. 


Vinyl fencing is virtually maintenance free. Immune to rot, insects, and decay, vinyl just needs a good scrubbing periodically to retain its good looks. With this type of resilience, vinyl is a great option here in coastal Florida. 

Things to consider: If you love the warmth of real wood, man-made vinyl products may not meet your aesthetic needs. In the past, vinyl fencing products got a bad reputation for yellowing and becoming brittle. Today’s vinyl fence manufacturers have addressed those issues, and as long as you buy a thicker gauge virgin vinyl product, you can expect decades of utility and beauty from your fence.


Composite fencing is a blend of wood fibers and plastic polymers. It offers many of the benefits of vinyl with the look of real wood. Like vinyl, it resists degradation from insects and moisture, and is virtually maintenance free once installed. 

Things to consider: Composite fencing can be pricey, and quality can vary. Your Coastal Home Pros fencing contractor will help you choice a high quality product that will stand the test of time and our coastal climate. 

Wrought Iron

Wrought iron has been a popular fencing material for centuries, and for good reason. It’s classic good looks, custom design options, and durability make a great fencing option for those with the budget. 

Things to consider: Wrought iron will need periodic maintenance, especially in our coastal climate. Applying rust-inhibiting paint whenever signs of corrosion appear is key to maintaining the life of your wrought iron fence. 


Aluminum is a relatively budget-friendly and versatile fencing material. Like vinyl, it’s virtually maintenance free once installed. 

Things to consider: Aluminum is not the sturdiest fencing material. Strong winds, falling trees and limbs, and even boisterous pets can dent, damage, or bend aluminum fencing. 

Chain Link

Chain link fencing is inexpensive and easy to install. It offers quick and budget-conscious security for pets and children, and may be a good choice for when large tracts need to be fenced.

Things to consider: Chain link fencing doesn’t offer much in the way of aesthetic appeal. In fact, some neighborhoods have covenants that prevent homeowners from installing chain link fences. Maintenance can also be an issue, as chain link will corrode over time. 

Chainlink fencing is a budget-friendly way to keep children and pets safe.
Chainlink fencing is an economical way to keep kids safe and pets contained.

Coastal Home Pros is Here for All Your Fencing Needs

When choosing fencing materials, consider function, form, and budget. And don’t forget about long-term maintenance and replacement costs when assessing the relative costs. Finally, remember to consider local codes and/or neighborhood covenants that may restrict your choices when it comes to fencing materials. Coastal Home Pros is always ready to help you weigh the options and choose the right fence for your home. Contact us today to get started!

Building a deck in Florida's Panhandle and Emerald Coast

Coastal Home Pros is Your Local Expert for Decks and More

If you’ve landed here without reading Part One in our series on deck-building, be sure to check out our Materials Primer. Once you’ve got your material choices nailed down, it’s time to think about designing your perfect deck. Our local experts at Coastal Home Pros can help you maximize your space and your budget to create the outdoor living space of your dreams.

Design it Right

Your family’s favorite outdoor activities should help determine the size, shape, and features of your new deck.

A great deck has well-designed space, multiple seating options, and adequate lighting and electrical outlets.
Plan for cooking and prep areas, built-in seating, dining, privacy, and sufficient lighting and electrical outlets.

Family Meals 

Maybe you already have your deck furniture, or maybe you’re buying new pieces. Either way, you should make sure your table will fit comfortably in the space you’re designing. At Coastal Home Pros, we recommend the “4-foot rule” when it comes to dining tables. Keeping a 4 foot margin all the way around the table allows plenty of space for people to walk behind those who are seated. Ideally, you should avoid layouts that trap diners at the table once they are seated.

Your new deck should have plenty of room for your dining table.
Plan room for a nice-sized dining table with plenty of clearance room around it.

Fresh Air Cooking

If you’re an avid outdoor cook, think about your grilling space. Leave room for a prep station as well as the actual grill. When you’re hosting the neighborhood barbecue, you’ll want a place to set your tools, seasonings, and ingredients near the cooking surface. 

Decks offer a wonderful outdoor space for cookouts and outdoor dining.
Your new deck will be the site of many great cookouts.

Entertaining Outdoors

Are you the host with the most whose door is always open to friends and family? Be sure to create spaces for your guests to sit and stand comfortably. Adding built-in perimeter seating is a cost-effective way to seat larger groups. And a deck railing with a wide, flat cap can do double-duty as a cocktail ledge for drinks and snacks. If you budget allows, it’s nice to create a space for lounge chairs and low tables.

Consider the Elements

Our coastal Florida sunshine is glorious, but even the most die-hard sun bum needs shade now and then. Consider adding a pergola to your decking structure to provide both shade and visual interest. Another option is a retractable awning. Besides providing shade, awnings can also offer shelter during our frequent afternoon rainstorms. 

Despite the sun, the evenings can get chilly here, especially in winter months. Consider planning space for an outdoor heater or fire pit (check fire codes first) to make your deck a year round outdoor space. 

Pergolas are a nice structural element that add shelter and beauty to your deck.
Pergolas are a nice structural element that add shelter and beauty to your deck.

Light Up the Night

When the sun drops and the stars come out, your beautiful new deck will be a lovely space to relax and entertain. Don’t forget to think about lighting. Make sure you’ve got enough lights to illuminate the entire space, paying special attention to stairs and transition zones. If you’re bringing an electrician out to install new lights, consider adding extra exterior outlets to allow for string lights and lanterns.

Go Green

Decks are a great place to highlight your green thumb. Planters and pots full of bright annuals or subtle evergreens can bring life and interest to your exterior space. If you intend to use very large planters, you may need extra structural support. If this is an issue, talk to your Coastal Home Pros deck specialist about incorporating stronger beams. Our experts can also talk with you about adding built-in planters. 

Next Steps

If you’ve chosen your decking materials and thought about your unique entertainment and relaxation needs, you’re almost ready to get started. Our Coastal Home Pros decking experts can help you think through the final planning and design details. If you have special considerations such as large trees you want to build around, a sloped yard, or handicapped access needs, we are here to help. Put our years of expertise in the Florida Panhandle and the Emerald Coast to work for you. Contact us today to get started!

Coastal Home Pros are your local decking experts.

Let Coastal Home Pros help you build a deck that delivers on function and style

Here in coastal Florida, life belongs outdoors. Our balmy climate, coastal breezes, and abundant sunshine practically beg us to live our lives outside. One of the best ways to expand your living space and get that coastal indoor-outdoor flow is by adding a gorgeous new deck. Whether you’re replacing an aging deck or starting fresh, Coastal Home Pros has the expertise and local knowledge to delivery quality results on time and on-budget. Read on for the first part of our series on decks – Materials Matter.

Materials Matter

Florida’s enviable coastal climate draws people from all over the world. Whether they’re vacationing, retiring, or building lives here, everyone loves the Sunshine State. Here at Coastal Home Pros, we know you want a beautiful deck that lets you entertain and relax in the great outdoors. But we also know it’s important to consider the harsher side of our climate when it comes to our homes and exterior projects. 

Sun, Salt, Wind, and Water

Everybody loves the salty ocean breeze, but your new deck won’t necessarily feel the love for storms, bright sunshine, and moist, salty air. When building a deck, it’s important to choose your materials wisely. 

Pressure-Treated Wood

Pressure-treated wood is one of our most popular decking materials. It doesn’t require complex installation methods, it allows for great design flexibility, and it readily absorbs stain and waterproofing materials. A basic pressure-treated wood deck is also a great value. It will add function and beauty to your home without breaking the bank. 

Things to consider: Pressure-treated wood stand up better to the elements than untreated wood, but it you still have to be vigilant with maintenance. Boards, can crack, splinter, and warp, and they must be frequently cleaned and resealed or re-stained. In addition, unprotected metal fasteners and connectors may corrode in the elements.

A treated-wood deck is a flexible and economical option for expanding your outdoor living area in Florida.
Treated wood is easy to work with, flexible, and economical, but they require ongoing maintenance.


PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride. In the building industry, many people simply refer to it as vinyl. Vinyl is one of the easiest products to maintain – it exhibits superior resistance to moisture and will not swell or shrink. Rot and termites are not issues with vinyl decking, and it is relatively easy to clean.

Vinyl deck rails are easy to maintain and keep clean.
Vinyl deck rails are easy to keep clean, even when visitors come to call.

Things to consider: If you want a true wood look and feel, be aware. Vinyl can look artificial, and it feels quite different to the touch. Some grades of vinyl decking have issues with squeakiness, and they can become brittle with time and UV exposure. At Coastal Home Pros, we recommend using a premium vinyl product to avoid these issues. Vinyl is reasonably priced, though not as affordable as pressure-treated wood.

Cedar or Redwood

The natural oils in Cedar and Redwood provide better resistance to insects and rot.  These woods weather to a beautiful silvery gray shade. 

Things to consider: Despite their natural properties, cedar and redwood do require maintenance and waterproofing. They can also be quite expensive, and can really drive up the cost of a large project. 

Tropical Hardwood

Tropical hardwoods such as Ipe are long-lasting and beautiful choices. These woods stand up to weather elements like no other. They are also extremely hard and durable. 

Things to consider: All that durability and beauty comes at a price. Ipe and other tropical hardwoods are one of the most expensive decking options. The materials costs are high, but labor costs are also higher. This dense, heavy, and hard wood dulls cutting blades quickly and requires more labor to install. 

Composite Boards

Composite products come in a range of colors and textures. They solve many of the maintenance issues related to real wood – they won’t crack, splinter, or rot.

Things to consider: If you love the warmth and organic texture of real wood, composite boards may not meet your aesthetic needs. Some products do look more wood-like than others, but the cost for this material can climb quickly. Composite boards can also scuff, scratch, and stain easily, and sanding and retaining are not options with this product.

You’ve Chosen the Best Decking Material – Now What?

At Coastal Home Pros, our decking experts will work with you to choose a material that meets your needs and budget. Our local experience allows us to give you the best advice on dealing with the Florida elements – from building to maintenance and beyond.

Once you’ve chosen a material, it’s time to think about design. Read on here – Building a Deck in the Panhandle & the Emerald Coast (Part Two) – Design it Right.

Paint Cans

Pro Tips to Prolong the Life of Your Exterior Paint Job

We know we’re lucky to live here in the Florida Panhandle. If you have a home here, you know how wonderful coastal life can be. Yet the very things that make life here so lovely – sun, salt, and that warm ocean breeze – can wreak havoc on your home. Here at Coastal Home Pros, we know that as your home’s first line of defense, exterior paint is particularly vulnerable to the ravages of the coastal climate. When it’s time to repaint your home, it’s worth seeking out a local painting contractor. Our expert knowledge of the unique challenges and conditions in our area can save you time, money, and heartache down the road


Even the best painting contractor can’t work miracles. If you’re lucky enough to live in our coastal area, you probably already know that the exterior of your home will need more frequent maintenance. Our expert planning, preparation, quality materials, and solid workmanship can help, but nothing can permanently delay the effects of sun, salt, moisture, and wind. 


Homeowners in coastal Florida are used to the sun’s strong rays, and most of us know how to take cover. Shade, protective clothing or hats, and sunscreen protect us when we’re outside in the summer. Just like human skin that burns with too much direct exposure, the paint on our homes also suffers from too much direct sunlight. Sun-related issues fall into a few categories: 

Bleaching  – Ultraviolet rays in sunlight break down the chemical compounds in paint, causing fading and paint failure. Dark colors are more likely to fade, but the UV rays can also turn crisp whites yellow. 

Bubbling or Blistering – Like skin that blisters with a bad sunburn, your exterior paint can actually bubble or blister. The paint becomes so hot that it begins to boil. When the bubbles pop, the surface beneath the paint becomes exposed to the elements. When this happens, you should take steps to repair it immediately. South-facing doors in coastal Florida are particularly vulnerable to this problem. They will often require extra prep work when it’s time to repaint.

Chalking – The dehydrating effect of the sun can cause chemicals to rise to the surface, leaving a powdery white film on top of the paint. Using high quality primer and paint can delay this chalking effect somewhat.


That wonderful breeze blowing in from the ocean brings moisture, sand, and salt to your exterior surfaces. Exterior paint can fade, peel and chip as a result of constant exposure to salt water. #Saltlife may be a popular hashtag for aspiring beach bums all over the country, but your house doesn’t appreciate the barrage of sodium. Salt crystals build up on the surface of the paint, and sand particles carried on the wind can add insult to injury. And it’s not just minerals that attack your home’s exterior surfaces. The humidity that’s pervasive to the Emerald Coast causes its own set of problems. Moisture build-up causes mold and mildew to grow rapidly, and increases the likelihood of rot and decay.  

Stay vigilant

Homes located right on the ocean should realistically expect annual or biennial maintenance to painted surfaces. The most important thing to do is to make sure that your paint job is done right the first time. Hiring an expert local painting contractor like Coastal Home Pros is your best first step. Once the job is done, monitor your house vigilantly, and catch any damage early. Careful and frequent inspections of coastal home exteriors can help prevent costly repairs. Contact us today to get started. We can make your house dreams a reality!