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Contrary to popular belief, you don’t always have to spend more money to get more value. This is especially true when it comes to flooring. Recent innovations have led to floors that last longer, better resist surface damage, and come at a more affordable price.

But this isn’t just about the purchase price; long-term value is a crucial consideration when purchasing new floors. This is especially important when considering your home’s resale value. Here, we’ll discuss a few of your top flooring options for both short-term and long-term value.

Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Wood-look LVP flooring in a kid's room

Luxury vinyl floors are the most affordable hard surface option on the marketing in terms of both initial purchase price and long-term value.

Initially, vinyl floors (typically in the form of sheet vinyl) were designed to mimic the designs of tile and hardwood flooring at a much lower price. However, those floors were known for tearing easily and turning an odd shade of yellow over time.

Luxury vinyl tile and plank floors were designed to change this. They still come at a much lower price than their natural counterparts. However, clever innovations have made them more durable and stylish than ever before. In fact, most modern luxury vinyl floors match the performance of their natural counterparts, but with the additional benefit of being completely waterproof.


In many ways, laminate flooring is being replaced by luxury vinyl. It originally gained popularity for the same reasons as vinyl flooring, but it was always more water-resistant than waterproof.

However, many of the modern laminate floors we carry are also completely waterproof. They essentially offer the same benefits as luxury vinyl floors. Of course, there are some minor variations in the features included with each flooring product. Those differences are what will ultimately decide which type of floor is best for your application.

Porcelain Tile (Outdoor Applications)

Porcelain tile flooring in a modern kitchen

You may not think “affordable” and “porcelain” belong in the same sentence, but hear us out. Porcelain tile floors are arguably the most impervious flooring option in the market. They’re so impervious that they are well-suited for outdoor applications.

That’s right: they’re waterproof and frost-resistant. We may not have to worry about frost as much in Charleston, but it’s certainly helpful to have a waterproof option for outdoor applications.

So if you’ve been dreaming of the perfect backyard getaway, porcelain tile is kind of the best kept secret for its base. It comes a variety of stunning natural styles and will stand the test of time even in Charleston’s crazy weather.

They’re also well-suited for light outdoor commercial applications. Porcelain tile flooring makes a great foundation for outdoor courtyards and coastal overlooks.

Porcelain flooring is a great choice for basements as well. It won’t be damaged by moisture, and its impervious design allows it to hold up well under heavy long-term storage. Granted, this particular case is more of a long-term value proposition than short-term.

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There are so many flooring options that making a final decision can seem overwhelming. Don’t worry, we’re here to help! We’ll take the time to understand your specific needs and recommend the perfect floor for your application and budget. To get started, contact Charleston’s top flooring experts at Beasley Flooring today!