Best Outdoor Flooring Ideas
Whether you are developing your outside area for the first time or renovating it, take some time to think seriously about the flooring for your patio area.
There are more options than you might have first considered, and good flooring, apart from being attractive, can make your outdoor time enjoyable for you, your family, and friends, as well as add value to your property.
Consider it a financial investment that’s very practical with current construction loan rates as much as an emotional one and think about some of these options that we’ve found for you.
Traditional wood flooring is probably the first thing you’ve considered. It’s versatile and has an attractive, do-it-yourself quality that makes it a cheap and easy option.
When done well, and when new, it gives a great modern look. However, cast a thought to how it will look five to ten years down the line. Some wood weathers very well, but some weathers very badly.
Composite Wood Decking
Composite wood decking involves introducing another substance, usually vinyl, to enhance wood’s inherent properties. Composite wood looks great and is much easier to maintain. Wood rot, termites, contraction and expansion, refinishing, and any other issues with traditional wood, are eliminated, often including flammability.
Cut Stone Paving
Stone paving is an option that is not always considered, but done correctly, the results can be stunning. You will need to hire a professional for the installation, but once the outlay is covered and it is properly maintained, this will last forever.
Granite custom cut is popular, and the sky is the limit in terms of patterns. If you want to give your outdoors a poetic, “olde worlde” feel, then stone is the way that you want to go.
Many of the “stone” options aren’t stone in the sense of being custom cut and quarried. There are inexpensive options, like porcelain and ceramic tiling. The stone effect can be very convincing, giving that classy feel, without the hefty cost. Many types can also become a little hazardous when cold or wet, so they are best for a smaller area, rather than the entire deck.
At the end of the day, brick is one of the most durable options out there, and right now, there are many varieties of colors and patterns available.
Done right it will look cozy and homey, instead of industrial. The biggest downside to brick is that it is extremely expensive, especially if you go the route of reclaimed brick, which has become very popular. However, if installed correctly, it will last almost forever. Brick is an elegant, classic option that adds character and personality to any home.
Outdoor carpeting is a relative newcomer on the scene, and if you’ve seen it in action, it needs little explanation to tell you how effective and versatile it can be. It’s a great option for patios, giving off a homey feel for not very much of an investment. Even though it’s robust, it still requires regular cleaning and maintenance to keep it looking good. It also will need to be replaced periodically.