Why is it important to make the right product selections for cabinets, countertops, tile, and flooring in our coastal area of Brunswick County?

Making the right product selections for cabinets, countertops, tile, and flooring in our coastal area of Brunswick County is crucial for a variety of reasons:

Saltwater Exposure

Brunswick County is located along the coast, which means it’s susceptible to saltwater exposure. Salt can be corrosive and damaging to materials, leading to premature wear and degradation of your investments. The right product selections should be resistant to salt damage.

High Humidity

Coastal regions typically experience higher humidity levels due to their proximity to the ocean. Elevated humidity can lead to moisture-related issues like mold, mildew, and wood rot if materials aren’t chosen with moisture resistance in mind. KraftMaid EverCore is a type of cabinet construction material that is so dense, it reacts less to changes in humidity than regular wood. That means less chance of doors sticking from swelling in humidity, less hairline separations at door frame joints from dry conditions, and less shifting in center panels. These characteristics make it a great option for use in our high-humidity Brunswick County homes and especially for spaces like kitchens and bathrooms where humidity and moisture levels can be even higher.

Harsh Weather Conditions

Brunswick County is prone to extreme weather events, including hurricanes and tropical storms. The materials used should be durable and capable of withstanding the impact of strong winds, heavy rain, and potential flooding.

UV Radiation 

Homes in our area receive a significant amount of direct sunlight, which can cause fading and deterioration of certain materials, especially if they lack UV resistance. This is important to consider for countertops, flooring, and exposed surfaces.

Corrosion from Salty Air

The salty air in our region can accelerate the corrosion of metal fixtures and appliances. Selecting corrosion-resistant materials and finishes is essential to maintain their longevity and functionality. Take a look at Shallotte Electric if you are in the market for a new fixture or appliance. 

Sand and Abrasion

Wind-blown sand is common in our coastal areas and can be abrasive, potentially causing damage to surfaces, like flooring, over time. Materials should be chosen to withstand this abrasive impact.

Moisture and Water Resistance

Bathrooms and kitchens, in particular, are susceptible to water exposure. Materials chosen for these areas should be waterproof and resistant to water damage. Lines like Mohawk, SolidTech Plus, offer homeowners enhanced peace of mind from exposure to water. 

Aesthetic Considerations

Our coastal area has distinct design styles. Selecting materials that complement the coastal style and are easy to maintain is important for achieving long-term visual appeal. Explore our Coastal Trends publication for the latest design trends in the Brunswick County area.

Maintenance and Longevity

Coastal homeowners may invest more time and effort in maintaining their properties due to the harsh environmental conditions. Choosing materials that are low-maintenance and have a longer lifespan can save time and money in the long run. If you are considering updating an outdoor kitchen or space, take a look at the MSI Outdoor Collection.

Resale Value

Well-selected and durable materials can increase the resale value of properties in coastal areas. Buyers often prioritize durability and resistance to environmental factors when considering a home purchase in our region. If you want to hear from an Area’s Top Realtor on what can add value to your home, read our Kitchen and Bath Q&A.

Environmental Impact

Sustainable and environmentally friendly materials are also important considerations for many homeowners in our coastal area. If you are concerned about the impact of your choices on the local ecosystem and natural surroundings, be sure to ask a professional about the materials you are considering.

Selecting What’s Right for You

Selecting the right materials for cabinets, countertops, tile, and flooring in your coastal area of Brunswick County is essential to ensure the durability, longevity, and appeal of your property, given the unique environmental challenges and conditions of coastal living. It helps protect your investment, enhances your quality of life, and preserves the overall value of your home. If you’d like assistance in selecting what’s right for you, contact us today at 910.754.5689 to schedule a free consultation.

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