A beautifully laid Brazilian Hardwood Itauba outdoor floor in a home in Vancouver, Canada
When you are considering all the different types of outdoor flooring that are on the market, it is really easy to become overwhelmed and not know which option to take. It helps if you think your decision through by considering what the main use of the floor will be. Spend some time thinking about what your outdoor flooring needs to stand up to – this will really help you narrow down your options.
You also have to think about it from a stylistic point of view too, of course; whatever you choose has to fit in with the rest of your garden. Here’s our guide to choosing the best type of outdoor flooring for you:
Do You Have Special Requirements for Your Flooring?
Geometrically Patterned Flooring
If you have elderly people about, or you are building a play area for young children, then you will need to find outdoor flooring that is non-slip and easy to walk on. Some people opt for rubber matting, while others choose an artificial grass (this provides a very soft landing for any slips, trips and falls!) A concrete or brick floor is probably not the best option for you as you’ll need something that is better at absorbing impact.
Where Is The Flooring For?
Granite Deck Tiles Flooring
You’ll need a different type of flooring depending on which part of the garden you are thinking of re-flooring. If it’s a patio, then concrete or stone tiles look really appealing, but choose hardwearing, durable ones so that they won’t scuff when you put a table and chairs on them. Some people choose something a little more alternative for their patio flooring such as an outdoor carpet, artificial grass or even cork tiles. Bear in mind that whatever you choose must be weather-proof, otherwise you will find yourself replacing it sooner than you’d think.
Balance Style with Practicality
Environmentally Friendly Contemporary Composite Outdoor Flooring
Whatever outdoor flooring you choose should suit the purpose of the area – that should be your number one priority. But, of course, you will want it to look appealing too. Make sure you shop around and have a look at all the different types of color, texture and design for each of the different flooring types, and choose one that fits in with the rest of the garden. You should also have a look online as there tends to be far more choice – you may even find brand new inspiration and ideas that you hadn’t considered before.
Set Your Budget
An Economical Outdoor Flooring Option
Another important consideration to factor in is the amount of money that you have to spend. Different flooring costs different amounts of money, so if you have a lower budget this may limit your choices. It’s really important that you are realistic about how much you need to spend though – if your budget is too low then you are going to end up with a cheap flooring that will need to be replaced in no time at all.
An Exotic Bolivian Ironwood
There are so many different choices for outdoor flooring that you are certain to find something that is perfect for you and your garden.
Josy Moreno is part of the team of qualified professionals at Kandy, holistic deck tile suppliers. She likes to paint and loves music.