Since your patio can on some occasions act as a second living room, you must make a smart design choice when it comes to patio flooring. Because there are so many options, this decision to choose the best patio flooring can be though. To help you with this decision, Maxmodularhomes provides a guide with different options.
Patio flooring is the flooring of an outdoor patio. Its style and color choices are an opportunity to express and show your taste. An outdoor patio is best suited with a weather-resistant flooring that is comfortable to walk during the whole year.
Flooring options go from cozy wood floors to elaborate stone floor patterns. Considering the pros and cons, as well as their cost is the best way to choose the patio flooring that better suits your needs.
Some of the most used flooring types are:
Natural stone: Perfect for creating a high-end luxurious patio. Its colors add a different touch to any design. You can either use irregularly shaped stones for a rough type of style, or cut stones for a more clean and luxurious appearance. Slate, granite, and marble are some of the options for this type of patio flooring. Natural stone flooring is a very low-maintenance type of flooring, but it’s not as durable as other materials, so it might not be suitable for homes with pets or kids.
Brick: Depending on the chosen pattern, brick patios can be as simple or as elaborate as you desire. Brick is a slip-resistant and low maintenance material that transmits a picturesque feeling. If your location has a lot of snow, it might not be the best flooring decision due to natural shifting which makes the patio flooring irregular.
Wood: Wood is a versatile and timeless patio flooring material, and is unlikely to go out of style. It provides an excellent background for different types of patio themes, from coastal and rustic to modern. Because it can be sanded down and refinished several times, it’s a great long-term investment. Depending on the type of wood used, it can also be an eco-friendly option.
Ceramic Tiles: Ceramic is the most typical flooring material. Because it can become slippery due to its smooth finish when it rains or snows, this type of patio flooring material should not be glazed. Ceramic is a very popular flooring material in warmer climates because it doesn’t store heat easily, therefore it remains cold to the touch. It is advised to add a sealant to the tiles to protect them from wear and cracking.
Concrete: This is a great and durable flooring material suitable for anyone who wants to release their artistic side and personalize their patio flooring. Coloring, painting, patterning, stamping and the addition of textural elements using concrete as a base are some of the personalization options available with concrete. When painting or detailing concrete, use materials designed for concrete and outdoor use. Consider using a sealant as well to protect your work.
There are three steps to sizing your patio flooring. The first step is to decide how big your patio will be. It could be small to only fit a small table and some chairs or have enough space to place as much furniture as you want.
The second step is determining the size of the desired material. Sizes vary depending on the material you chose. Ceramic tiles range from 1 inch to 24-inch squares, but hardwood planks can come in 2 ¼ inches to 6 inches wide, 5/16 inches to ¾ inches thick, and 12 to 84 inches long.
The third and final step is determining how much flooring material is needed to cover your patio area. Many materials are sold by the squared foot, and you might need a different number of pieces depending on their size.
The cost of flooring your patio will vary if you do the installation yourself. Tile, wood and concrete are some of the cheapest flooring materials you will find, but sometimes hiring a skilled contractor to perform the installation can reduce your savings.
The quality of the material you choose will also affect the final price. Basic untreated lumber costs around $8 per square foot, but high-end wood can go up to $20 per square foot. One of the most expensive choices is a natural stone, pricing at $25 to $35 per square foot.
Reading patio flooring reviews
When reading patio flooring reviews, it is important to understand which reviews are directed to materials and which ones are directed to the installation process, since most patio floors are installed by professionals. Reviews are very important when you choose an installer, but you shouldn’t let a bad installation review stop you from getting material of excellent quality. When browsing for material reviews you should search for comments on durability, maintenance, complexity, ease of cleaning and installation cost. You should also pay attention if any issues with the material are reported by a large number of reviewers.
A patio floor installation is usually a job for professionals, but some materials can easily be installed by DIY enthusiasts. Wood and brick pavers are the most DIY-friendly flooring options. If the design is simple enough, the installation of ceramic tiles can also be done by some DIYers. When it comes to concrete, real brick and natural stone hiring skilled contractors to perform a professional installation are highly recommended.