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Outdoor Flooring Ideas

Posted: Thursday, September 03, 2009

Nearly everyone thinks of flooring as what goes inside the house, but there are many flooring options for outdoor spaces. These outdoor spaces include decks, patios, outdoor kitchens and barbeques, and screened in porches. All of these areas need flooring and will have special considerations due to their location.


Vinyl flooring is a popular choice for outdoor areas. Interlocking vinyl tiles are easy to put together and can fit in with nearly any style due to the many patterns and colors available. Being inexpensive, they are seen as a low risk flooring type for outdoor areas that will be more exposed to the elements.


Other options include tiling an outdoor room with either specially treated outdoor laminate flooring or ceramic tiles. Ceramic tiles work great for a space that will be subject to moisture, like an outdoor kitchen, while laminate flooring will work perfectly in an enclosed sun room or screened in porch with an awning. Both options allow for many different color and style choices to complement existing furniture.


Hardwood flooring for outdoor spaces is an extremely popular choice. The variety of colors available can convey a traditional feeling with darker colors or a more modern, casual look with lighter colors. Antique finishes match older homes perfectly. All woods used outdoors have to be pre-treated and only hardy species should be selected. Heavy traffic areas and the eroding effects of weather have to be taken in to account.


In the end, flooring choices do not stop at the front or back door. Outdoor flooring is an economical way to expand usable living area and to enjoy beautiful outdoor spaces.