Best Flooring for a Beach House

Best Flooring for a Beach House

I have been blessed to have lived by water for a majority of my life. Our family has experienced crazy, severe storms on the Great Lakes, thick salty fog along the California coast, and a multitude of hurricanes and floods in coastal Virginia. I have seen the consequenses of what living on the coast can do to a house, and can recommend the best flooring for a beach house. Living along the coast means your flooring choices should ideally be water resistance, easy to clean, and have a strong wear layer that will hold up to sand. We believe in having the beach as an extension of our home, not just a view. Opening up the windows, allowing the salty air and humidity in is part of coastal living.

Victorian Beach House

We are replacing our upstairs flooring and found so many gorgeous options for our coastal home at Floor & Decor. Choosing flooring that will stand up to our salty, humid, sandy, beach loving lifestyle is exactly what we will focus on today with beautiful examples the direct links to products that help you “get the look” and quality you desire.

Best Flooring for a Beach House

Luxury Vinyl

Before you turn your nose up, let me tell you, this is not your grandma’s laundry room vinyl. Luxury vinyl flooring (note the word luxury) has come a long way in the past few years. Luxury vinyl is a prime choice for any beach house for the following reasons:

  • luxury vinyl comes in planks and tiles
  • softer underfoot/dampens sound
  • looks and feels like wood
  • easy to install/ ideal for a DIY installation
  • 100% waterproof and water resistant options
  • amazing durability
  • easy to clean
  • very affordable
  • will not warp
  • ideal for areas prone to moisture issues

Best Flooring Choices for the Coastal Home

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Get the look: NuCore Cheyenne Luxury Vinyl Plank

NuCore Cheyenne Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

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NuCore Driftwood Oak Luxury Vinyl Flooring Planks
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Casa Moderna Silver Gray Oak Luxury Vinyl Plank - Floor and Decor

Ceramic Tile Flooring

If you own a beach home, especially one that you rent out seasonally, then ceramic tile flooring is an option to seriously consider for the following reasons:

  • ceramic tile is easy to maintain
  • ceramic tile is strong, durable and easy to clean
  • vast options available, planks, squares, rectangles, mosaics (almost more than any other flooring option)
  • can look and feel like real wood planks
  • ceramic tile maintains cooler temperatures in hot climates
  • very affordable

White Washed Floors

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Get the look: Lexington White Wood Plank Tile

Lexington White Wood Plank Porcelain Tile

Marthas Vineyard Cottage White Wood Plank Porcelain Tile

Get the look: Marthas Vineyard Cottage White Wood Plank Porcelain Tile


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Get the look: Ashville Pecan Wood Plank Porcelain Tile


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Get the look: Crystal White Ceramic Tile


Stone Tile

Stone tiles like granite, travertine, marble, or limestone are also a fine choice for a coastal home. The selections are vast for the homeowner, but stone is ideal especially for placement in bathroom and kitchens.

  • refined styles from elegant, casual and rustic
  • easy cleaning
  • several types of stone need to be sealed anually but otherwise require little maintenance
  • be sure to add enough fabrics or wood to the room to help to absorb sound
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Coastal Kitchen - Travertine Tile Floors
Durango Honed Travertine Tile


Bamboo surged in popularity and is still holding strong as an attractive, affordable and practical choice for homes for good reasons:

  • Bamboo flooring is a harder, more durable surface.
  • Stranded bamboo is said to be the strongest variety of bamboo flooring and two to three times stronger than oak. Its strength makes it durable, which means it is a terrific choice for busy areas in homes.
  • Bamboo is eco-friendly hardwood.
  • Bamboo replaces itself every few years vs. decades compared to other hardwoods.
  • Bamboo comes in a variety of shades, so you can select flooring that will match the style of the room you are outfitting.

Get the look: Eco Forest Driftwood Bamboo Flooring

Eco Forest Driftwood Bamboo Flooring

Wide Plank Hardwood

Hardwood is always a prime choice for a coastal home. I personally have white oak in my home and I have grown up with hardwood in every coastal home I’ve lived in. Wide plank hardwood flooring is a lovely option because it weathers over time, feels warm underfoot and is long lasting. When you choose wide planks then sand tends to collect in the floor grooves which actually mean easy cleaning! Be prepared to plan on refinishing the floors though every 10 years. Here are more of my favorite reasons to use wide plank hardwood flooring:

  • white oak- one of the strongest woods for a flooring choice
  • wide plank wood flooring is normally very dense
  • stratch resistant
  • less porous than other wood flooring
  • can be refinished, built to last

East Beach Coastal Living Room - Wide Plank Flooring

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Heritage Oak Solid Hardwood

Get the look: Heritage Oak Solid Hardwood

Gray Wide Plank Oak Flooring

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Sandrey Oak Hand Scraped Solid Hardwood

Get the look: Sandrey Oak Hand Scraped Solid Hardwood

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Best Flooring for a Beach House - Where to get premium tile, wood, luxury vinyl, and bamboo with lots of pics of coastal rooms. These weathered wood looks are gorgeous.

Any of these flooring options would look lovely in a beach house. For even more flooring options, be sure to check out Floor & Decor. Floor & Decor offers the best flooring for a beach house (or any house) at guarenteed every day low prices and has an informed staff ready to help you make the best flooring choice for your beautiful home.


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Floor & Decor. The opinions and text are all mine.


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  1. All of these flooring options are beautiful

  2. Is that GIANT yellow house actually your second home (beach house) ??

    • Hi Kate! No, this is my parents’ home across town. They designed and built it 20 years ago. It’s essentially our home away from home though. 😉 All my babies were raised out on the beach which is is directly below the fenceline. We love it there!

      • Awesome! Looks old, ISN’T old, best of both worlds! Is this house in NC? My sister and her husband are about to build in NC and always looking for ideas, – theirs will be MUCH smaller than your parents’ house, but the tile-wood look floors are what I have in my regular house, in the kitchen and WE LOVE THEM. Dark, hand-scraped 6″x24″ “planks” and dark grout (key to getting a wood look, I think). I can drip water off my hands while loading the dishwasher or hurrying wet stuff to the trash can, or anything, and it wipes up easily and as long as no one ever CHIPS a tile, we’ll be good. The photo of the wood grain is only on the top of most porcelain floor tiles. Wasn’t cheap, but is durable thus far. We’ve had it since 2012.

        • Hi Kate! Thanks for sharing about your tile floors! I love hearing from people who have it installed. The yellow Victorian house is my parents’ home and is located in Norfolk, VA, just across town from me. My dream is to have a home in the outer banks of NC, which is where we vacation each summer. Thanks for stopping by !

  3. We have luxury vinyl in our kitchen, family room, and hallways. Love it! Looks the same today as two years ago when it was installed. Not at a beach house, alas.

    • Hi Barb! Thanks so much for sharing about your vinyl! We just installed luxury vinyl this past weekend upstairs in our playroom & laundry room. With a house full of kids we wanted something that could take a bit of abuse and after our recent house flood, the 100% waterproof option sounded good to me! HAHA! Have a lovely week!~ KIM

  4. These all look amazing! I’d love to try the wood look viny- it looks like it may be really easy to install!

  5. I live in Virginia Beach and sand is constantly coming in my house. I opted for Florida Tile, Charleston Brown plank porcelain tile by Natura. I couldn’t be happier with it. First it hardly ever shows dirt which is a huge plus in my book. It takes a beating and never show signs of wear. I used a grout to match the tile so it doesn’t look like tile and grout. LOVE IT and recommend wholeheartedly. After 2 years it looks like it did the day it was installed. I vacuum regularly, but must admit neglect in the mopping department. You’d never know by looking at it. 🙂

    • Thank you so much Janet for sharing your experience with your tile! I love that you matched the grout with the tile for a smoother appearance. Yep, sand is a constant isn’t it? I like to keep a vaccumm on every level too. Have a great week! ~ KIM

  6. These floors are simply beautiful and the information is extremely helpful. Thanks so much. Loving that white wood plank tile, btw!

  7. Gorgeous flooring options – definitely perfect for a beach house!

  8. Thank you so much for this post! We are ripping out the carpet in our living room next month (YAY!!) and I need to pick a flooring! It’s so hard to decide! Not sure this post actually helped (oh the options!) but we have a F&D here so I will definitely check them out!

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